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GUYANA SPEAKS! TRACING YOUR GUYANESE ANCESTRY.

GUYANA SPEAKS! TRACING YOUR GUYANESE ANCESTRY.

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The Classic

28 Upper Tooting Road

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SW17 7PG

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Featured presenters:

1) Rod Westmaas

Throughout his life Rod Westmaas has had a desire to uncover his family's past. He had heard about the original Westmaas, Johannes Isaac, who had made his way to the 'new world' from Holland in the early 1700's. Settling first in Suriname the family later expanded and some moved to Essequibo, Guiana.

He will reveal the sources and techniques he used to enable him to create a living and ever growing family tree.

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As a special bonus the first ten persons to purchase tickets will receive a front page copy of a Guyanese newspaper of a date of their choosing from 1900 up to 1966.

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March 26 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! Tracing your Guyanese Heritage.
A guide on how to trace your family roots, where to look and what clues to look out for.

April 30 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! Pioneers of Guyanese Drama and Literature.
Michael Abbensetts and Edgar Mittelhölzer are two Guyanese that made a huge impact in their respective professions. We explore their important contributions.

May 28 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! Discovering Guyana's Rich Interior.
From the Potaro to the mighty Essequibo we look at the lands so few Guyanese have seen.

June 25 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! Guyanese Crickets Legends.
Cricket has been the one sport that has unified our nation. Here we look at Guyanese cricketers that have made an indelible mark on the Guyana and the world of cricket.

July 30 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! Filmmaking in Guyana.
Huge advancements have been made in filmmaking. Several award winning short films, documentary, comedy and romance, will be shown.

September 3 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! Georgetown's Architecture and History.
A close look at Georgetown, which is a tapestry of many historically significant buildings. Influences from Guyana's diverse diaspora reflect what exists today. Some buildings have been lost to fire, neglect or simply demolition to make way for 'progress'.

September 24 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! West African Connections.
Enslaved Africans, to a greater extent, built Guyana. Not only were they forced to work on the sugar plantations, the many canals to provide drainage and to convey the sugar cane, were dug by them. The African traditions run far and deep, however the influences of West Africa, which are more pronounced, will be examined in depth.

October 29 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! The Indian Arrival.
The British solution to fill the labour gap after the emancipation of slavery, was to bring Indians to Guyana from the Indian continent. Their arrival in Guyana and treatment thereafter will be discussed. In addition the traditions and customs, now part of Guyana, highlighted.

November 26 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! What will oil do to Guyana?
The discovery of fossil fuel in Guyana has be a huge boost to the country's morale. To no longer be dependant on foreign oil imports is significant development. Oil, however, has both a negative and positive side as other nations have experienced. An insightful presentation will reveal what may be in short for Guyana.

December 11 2017 - GUYANA SPEAKS! Christmas Brunch and Charity Bazaar.
A sumptuous Guyansee Brunch Buffet, featuring all of the Guyanese favourites, will be had, along with a few Guyanese traditional surprises. A deserved Guyanese charity will be the recipient of the proceeds from a Christmas Bazaar to be held in conjunction with the Brunch.

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There will be three presenters per event; each being allotted 15 minutes to expound on their subject. Each of the presnters will be flanked by a poem that best copulate the theme of the afternoon.

13.00 - Doors open
14.00 - Complimentary refreshments served
14.25 - Welcome and Introduction with topical poem of the day
14.30 - Presenter 1
14.45 - Presenter 2
15.00 - Presenter 3
15.15hrs - Question and Answer session
15.30hrs - 'Lime Time' - Guyanese snacks and refreshments for sale
17.00hrs - Event concludes
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