The Rupununi Music & Arts Festival, like so many other wonderful ideas, grew out of an informal discussion over a few beers at the South Bank in London in 2012.
Keith Waithe (Guyanese flautist based in London) met Colin Edwards (Owner of Rockview Lodge) at Rockview Lodge in Guyana in 2009. They invited Bob Ramdhanie to meet with them in London. Ideas were explored, Bob visited Guyana and the first Rupununi Music & Arts Camping Festival was launched at Rockview Lodge on Valentine’s night on February 14th, 2014.
The Rupununi Music & Arts Festival is an outdoor camping music event taking place in the lush grasslands of the Amazon in Guyana, South America. It lasts 3 days from Friday to Sunday and allows space to unwind and enjoy traditional, folk and contemporary music in a stress-free environment. It offers the space to chill; it’s a ‘wicked’ weekend of music and dance, celebrating the beauty of human existence. Come with an open mind and spirit to have a wonderful time and share a positive attitude bringing to life our belief in Guyana’s motto:
“One People, One Nation, One Destiny” and Bob Marley would add “One Love”
At the dawn of its 4th year the festival changes location from Annai to Manari Ranch for even more accessibility, opportunities and fun. In 2017 it will take place from November 10th to 12th at Manari Ranch. The full programme will be published shortly but you can expect music and dance from Brazil, spoken word and music from the Caribbean, traditional Amerindian music & dance and more from local Guyanese artistes. So stay tuned!