The History of FESTIVAL CITY
Festival City is a territory which holds a very significant place in Guyana’s history. Festival City was built specifically to house the delegates of the first ever Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) in 1972. Visiting guests and artists were accommodated at Festival City. A total of 250 houses were constructed out of Guyana's world renowned Greenheart timber, in North Ruimveldt, Georgetown. The houses were furnished with Nibbee living room suites woven by Guyana's Amerindians. The entire decor is local, making use of Guyana's woods and her flowers, etc. The Festival City Territory is comprised of 13 Streets which all have unique significance to the city’s history. Its border spans 5 vertically parallel streets namely, Unity Place Road, Blue Mountain Road, Mittelholzer Street, Flying Fish Street and Spring View Avenue and 8 horizontally parallel streets namely, Nutmeg Street, Willemstad Street, E.R Borrowes Street, Hummingbird Street, Soufriere Street, Cul de Sac Street, Ozama Street and Layou Street. 8 of the 13 streets were named after historic people and places in the Caribbean. Blue Mountain Road obtained its name from a historical landmark in Jamaica. Blue Mountain peak is the highest mountain in Jamaica and one of the highest peaks in the Caribbean, its name is indeed plausible and appropriate enough to be used as the name of a street in a city with such rich Caribbean culture. Mittelholzer Street obtained its name from a famous Guyanese novelist, Edgar Austin Mittelholzer. He was considered as the first professional novelist to come out of the English-speaking Caribbean. His novels include characters and situations from a variety of places within the Caribbean, and range in time from the early period of European settlement to the twentieth century. They feature a cross-section of ethnic groups and social classes, dealing with subjects of historical, political, psychological, and moral interest. Mittelholzer is...
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