first_imgThe Social Cohesion Ministry plans to take the 2018 Mashramani events countrywide. Residents stretching from Regions Two to Nine will for the first time witness some of the major Mashramani activities hosted by central government; aside from what is usually undertaken by the regional authorities.This was disclosed by Mashramani Coordinator Andrew Tyndall and Director of Culture, Tamika Boatswain.Tyndall said, “This year you would see that a decision has been made to have some of those activities decentralised.”Director of Culture, Tamika Boatswain and Mashramani Coordinator Andrew TyndallHe further added that “a lot of the events on the national calendar, people will now have an opportunity in addition to what the regions plan, to see these activities within their regions”.Culture Director Boatswain said this was the first time that the Ministry was hosting Mash activities usually held in Georgetown in the various regions. Boatswain pointed out that the idea was receiving tremendous support.“The regions have been calling asking for the activities; they have been very insistent in us taking some of our activities there and we welcome it because it gives us a chance to expose our artistes to new audiences and new followings.”Come next year, Boatswain said that Region One would also be included in the activities.Some of the events slated to be held in the various regions include a steel pan concert in Regions Eight, Seven and Nine; calypso semi-finals in Region Seven; and Chutney Finals in Region Three.The theme for this year’s celebration is “Let’s Cooperate and Celebrate Republic 48.”Mashramani is an Amerindian word which means celebration after hard work. The festival was introduced following Guyana gaining republican status on February 23, 1970. (DPI)last_img

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