Guyana Culture

Guyana Culture and Mass Media

Newspapers in Guyana

According to ARISTMARKETING.COM, Guyana is a country located in South America. In Guyana there is only one major newspaper, the government-owned Guyana Chronicle (founded in 1881) with about 25,000 copies. on weekdays. In addition, ten weekly newspapers and magazines are published. The freedom of the press is circumscribed, among other things. by the government controlling the allocation of newsprint.

The government- owned Guyana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) broadcasts radio in two channels. Guyana Television is also government-owned and broadcasts one or a few days a week. Two private stations transmit satellite TV from the United States. The radio has a significant spread, but the TV distribution is modest: 558 radio and 81 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).


According to BUSINESSCARRIERS.COM, in terms of culture, language and population, Guyana has more in common with the Caribbean island world and India than with the rest of South America. Both curry and calypso are consumed, but rarely mixed – Indian culture rather exists side by side with black / creole culture.

The differences are also noticeable in the family structure. In black families, mother and grandmother / grandmother dominate, while father has the central role among Indians.

The colonial heritage is also noticeable, not least in architecture: here Dutch drainage channels are mixed with cricket plans, Hindu temples and mosques.

Several of the most well-known authors reside abroad. Among them is ER Braithwaite, whose To Sir With Love from 1959 became a successful British film (The rebellious in Swedish). Martin Carter’s politically colored poetry has gained international attention.

The culture of the indigenous people is reflected mainly in the art and in the country’s museum collections.

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