Mash 2014 officially launched
MCYS, October 26, 2013
Last evening the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports launched Mashramani 2014 under the theme “Cultural Folklore; Celebrating 44″. As is the norm, the Ministry held a Mash theme competition; and this year the competition was won by Mersha Newton.
Interestingly, the cultural items performed were based on aspects of Guyana’s folklore.
While interacting with the gathering, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony acknowledged that Mashramani is one of the most antisipated festival since people are given the opportunity to mix and mingle and design costumes, art and music.
He highlighted that during the Mash season the most songs are created for the chutney, soca and calypso. The Minister disclosed that in 2015 an indigenious song competition will be introduced. This, Minister Anthony emphasised is a part of Guyana’ linguistic heritage.
It is antisipated that Mash 2014 will be more innovative and would surpass last year’s 70,000 turnout.
He also spoke about the revitalisation of the masquarade bands. In this regard, Minister Anthony called on the gathering to support the bands when they come out during the Christmas season.
In an effort to encourage more Guyanese to be more interested in their cultural heritage, the Ministry will be hosting a folk concert during the Mash celebrations. Minister Anthony encouraged youths to participate so that they could have a better understanding of they heritage.
On the intellectual side of things, the Minister pointed out that in 2014 a series of creative workshops will be facilitated to teach business people how to run their businesses culturally and tapping into the creative industries.
Permanent Secretary, Alfred King noted that preparations for Mash 2013 start in September due to growing demands for the people who have expressed interest in participating.
He highlighted that more designers have come on board and more attention is on things Guyanese.
The performers included the National Dance Company who did a masqurade dance; the Maraicobai group did a capadula wine dance and musical presentations were done the 2013 Junior Calypso, Soca and Chutney winners.
The patrons were treated to a sneak peek of some of the costumes designed by three designers. These include Maxi Williams for Ansa Mcal, Olympia Small-Sunaram and Sarida Nagrady for the Excite Band.
The launch of Mashramani 2014 was also attended by visiting Surinamese Parliamentarians.