A group of young people who call themselves Homebaze last Saturday held their second edition of cultural conference at Alliance Francaise The Gambia. The group is aimed at promoting culture as a base of tool for economic development.
Chairperson Lamin Kinteh said nowadays people are adopting Western civilization, leaving behind what is termed as their cultural heritage. He said as a result, serious matters and consideration should be kept in mind of the rate at which traditional cultures are slowly fading away.
He said the activity was organized through their “Kultur fest” project which targets to provide the bases for strengthening personal and institutional capacities at local and national levels in the education, implementation, restoration, monitoring and evaluation of cultural activities to restore the gradually fading away cultures and traditions in The Gambia.
Mr. Kinteh said the cultural conference also aims at supporting innovative projects,programs and economic development of culture. “Kultur fest is divided into two parts. The first one is cultural conference and workshop to bring young people together and engage them in intensive discussions on a particular subject, skill or project. The Second one is cultural concert which is held once in a year to celebrate our culture through music featuring Gambians and international artistes to raise fund.”
He said they expect that the cultural conference will improve skills and knowledge of people who are active in cultural activities, to increase quality for cultural activities artistically and socially. “It is also expected to increase unity in communities and increase access to cultural resources and participation in cultural activities.”
Former secretary general Momodou Sabally said Africa has very glorious and inspiring past that can take the queue from ‘us’ but that past is not just to be celebrated. “We supposed to learn from our cultures.”