[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar bowled the first ball to kick of the Guyana Festival cricket match which saw the Master’s XI battling the President’s XI, as the first ever Guyana Festival continued yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
The event saw great participation from both locals and foreigners who came out in their numbers to experience a fusion of Guyana’s rich and unique culture through authentic cuisine, local music, talent and craft.
The cricket competition forms part of the Guyana Festival games which also included a thrilling football match. The spectators were entertained as Guyana’s past and present cricketers showcased their skills.
Former first class cricketer Derek Kallicharran, and his brother Alvin Kallicharran, former West Indian batsman, Faoud Bacchus, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Travis Dowlin, Neil McGarrell, Clive Butts and Clayton Lambert were among Guyanese sport icons participating in the cricket match.
The President’s XI emerged victorious, winning by 40 runs. Following the match, President Ramotar walked about the stadium, meeting Guyanese and overseas visitors, and exhibitors.
Meanwhile the Guyana Festival saw the National Stadium being transformed into a massive cultural village, offering visitors the chance to enjoy local foods, celebrating the rich heritage that exists in the country, and paying homage to Guyanese celebrities and indulging in the rhythms of Guyanese music.
The concert: “Night of Legends” concert saw renowned Guyanese such as artistes Dave Martins, Sammy Baksh, Terry Gajraj Yoruba Singers, Mighty Rebel, and Sash Persaud among those performing.
The event continues today with ‘Concert Next” which aims to promote future faces of the music industry and help to develop new/young talent. The performance line up will include Lisa Punch, Jumo, Adrian Dutchin, and Vanilla.