Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) is appealing to Gambians to embrace and
revive their respective cultural norms and values. The officials made this
called on Tuesday during a presentation of cheques towards the 2019 cultural
festivals at a ceremony held at the Tourism and Culture minister’s office in
Cordu Jabang, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Tourism recalled that cultural practices are not vibrant these days as they used to be in the past, saying they will ensure that it is revived in all the regions of the country in the coming festival.
She said this year, they will ensure that a national cultural festival is organised in the country. “This is the beginning of the collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the NCAC,” she said.
Baba Ceesay, director of Arts and Culture at National Centre for Arts and Culture, said this is the first time they are being favoured with a budget to stage festivals.
Ceesay said, The Gambia as a developing country is always in limited of government funding, saying in 1988 The Gambia adopted a cultural policy which calls for the organisation of periodic cultural festivals to sustain and encourage the development of performing art.
He noted that a policy paper also recognised the potentials of festivals in reinforcing people identity, while extolling and re-affirming the values of society and strengthening fraternal bonds between people.
According to him, the last edition of festival took place in 2016, saying the main aim of the Roots Festival is to attract visitors from African Diasporans.
“What was apparent in all the past years festivals are because they were costly and not sustainable.”