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Big foreign artists head for The Gambia

Oct 8, 2010, 3:25 PM

Seven artists of international repute led by awarding winning street artiste Eelus will paint the village of Kubuneh in Kombo North District of Western Region.

The artists to bounce to The Gambia are Eelus, Broken Crow, Eine, Lucy Mclauchlan, Mysterious Al, Logan Hicks, and Xenz.

The press release from the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) that disclosed this exciting event added that the artistes will also put up fascinating art performance in other locations in The Gambia.

The release stated that the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC)'s project called Wide Open Walls is an exciting art project designed to put the Gambia on the map by its thrilling and fascinating arts and culture.

The project, which runs from 12 to 26 October this year, is done by the NCAC in collaboration with the Gambian artist Njogu Touray, "who created the concept in the first place". It will showcase the seven international artists in spectacular fashions. 

The artists will be based at the Mandina Lodge in Makasutu Guesthouse of Lawrence Williams for the duration of their stay in The Gambia, the NCAC release indicated.

According to the release, all profits from the event will be destined for the Ballabou Conservation Charity. 

The release stated: "The project is the beginning of an important aspect of the development of Gambian tourism and has the full support of the GTA and the NCAC."

It continued: "By attracting artists of international repute, allowing them to create permanent art installations over time in the 14 villages of Ballabou, The Gambia will become a destination of special interest while the villages will become venues for four itineraries and The Gambia will attract high-spending tourist customers to its shores."

Sponsors so far include The Gambia Experience, for UK flights; and Sabotaz, for the 1000 cans of paint. The NCAC also thanked Kamino Redcoat for shipping the paints.