|L'oeuvre littéraire guyanaise
la plus célébre est probablement le roman de E. R. Braithwaite,
To Sir, with Love. Pour ce best-seller, l'auteur s'est inspiré de
ses expériences d'enseignant dans une école d'un quartier
défavorisé de Londres. La plupart des ouuvres de Braithwaite
reflèent cependant ses expériences guyanaises.
Edgar Mittelhlzer est un autre grand écrivain guyanais. Il est l'auteur d'une oeuvre à caractère historique, Children of Kaywana, et du roman My Bones and my Flute. Cette histoire de fantômes raconte les aventures d'un planteur hollandais dont l'âme ne pouvait reposer en paix sans funérailles chrétiennes.
Bien que résident à London, Norman Beaton, est peut-être l'acteur qui repréaente is perhaps the best-known representative from Guyana in his field. He has played a Guyanese named Desmond in a British TV show.
|Guyanese visual arts, including painting and sculpture,
are well developed. Permanent exhibitions are on display in the National
Cultural Centre in the capital city, Georgetown. Cottage crafts include
basket weaving and clay pottery.
The dominant influences in Guyanese art are the native people, the ethnic diversity and the physical beauty of the land. These themes are reflected in the works of the painters Stanley Greaves and Ronald Savory. Savory's work in particular has brought the hard to reach interior of Guyana to city dwellers. Phillip Moore is an artist who paints and sculpts. The painter, Aubrey Williams, won the Guyanese Golden Arrow Prize in 1970 and the Commonwealth Prize for painting in 1964.
|Many local entertainers compose songs and poetry in the Guyanese dialect and in Hindi. They sing or recite them at special entertainment events. Calypso is a special kind of song, written in dialect. It is very witty and often takes a satirical look at politics and customs. There are calypso competitions during Mashramani, a carnival-like festival, which is celebrated as part of Republic Week. Chutney songs are composed partly in English and partly in Hindi, and are sometimes saucy. They are performed at special events and parties.||