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Dancing, Singing, and Gaffing

Celebrating Guyana’s Independence through Afro and Indo-Guyanese Folk and Traditional Arts




12 pm - 5 pm

For the past 15 years, the Guyana Cultural Association of New York has hosted a series of programs that highlight Guyana’s rich multi-ethnic heritage and advocate for its presentation and preservation. Their summer season of activity culminates in an outdoor Family Fun Day event, which celebrates the strong connection of the Guyanese diaspora with their homeland. 

BAC’s Folk Arts Tent will showcase the Indian and African origins in Guyanese culture with a program of storytelling, music, and dance. Rhythm Tolee will teach and showcase bhangra, a form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Guyanese cultural leaders Claire Goring and Rose October Edun will discuss the significance of Guyana’s 50th anniversary of independence. Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie will share Guyanese folktales and poetry, followed by a demonstration of the colorful pre-wedding Kwe Kwe ritual with Rose October Edun. Indo-Caribbean dancer Romanee Kalicharran will teach and perform Indian and Guyanese dance traditions in Kathak dance, the foundation of the Indo-Caribbean dance tradition.

Old Boys High School Grounds
736 Rutland Road & Troy Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
2/5 to Sterling Street
2/3/4/5 to Crown Hts - Utica Ave

BAC Folk Arts Presents Festivals Traditional Style is made possible, in part, through public funds from: National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council; and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. Major foundation and corporate support is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Con Edison, and TD Bank.

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