Historian Ceesay talks about significance of festivals, historical sites

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hassoum Ceesay, the acting director general, National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has dilated on the importance of the forthcoming Kankurang Festival to be held in Janjanbureh, explaining that what they would be doing falls squarely under the vision of National Development Plan (NDP) of the government.

 Speaking in an interview with The Point on Thursday at his office in Banjul, Mr. Ceesay added that part of NDP’s vision includes promoting culture and history through tourism “and that is exactly what we are going to do on the Island.”

The NCAC’s acting DG explained that they would use the festival to promote culture and history, which are key for the NDP.

“So all the activities in the Island are geared towards strengthening and applying the National Development Plan of the government.” 

On17 January, he said, they would be unveiling series of panels that would be interpreting some of the major historic and heritage sites on Maccarthy Island. He recalled that in 2016, Youth Empowerment Project and the National Center for Arts and Culture started a partnership to revive the history and culture of the Island. To achieve this, he said, they have to train guards on the Island to identify the historic and the cultural sites – a brief on the history and its significance.

Ceesay said the festival could add value to the economy of the town of Janjanbureh particularly in terms of youth employment through tourism.

 “The Island is more significant as far as Gambian history is concerned, because the British used it as the first economic capital.”

Author: Njie Baldeh