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National Council for Arts, Culture set to Revive Cultural Heritages

Feb 3, 2009, 5:05 AM | Article By: Alieu Jabang

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), in collaboration with Cultural Emergency Response a charity based in the Netherlands, is set to embark on a restoration of The Gambia's main cultural heritages.

Speaking at a press conference after touring the country's main cultural heritages in Juffureh and JamesIsland, the director of Culture, Buba Ceesay, reaffirmed his office's commitment to preserving the cultural heritages in the country. He said that these important sites in the country need to be reformed for future generations. JamesIsland for instance, he said, needs artificial restructuring to maintain the site for the benefit of future generations.

He applauded the Cultural Emergency Response (CER) for their support. The press briefing was held in Juffureh.

Director of NCAC Momodou Joof made similar remarks.

For her part, a representative of the CER, Mrs. Deborah Stall, expressed delight with the whole initiative.She revealed that her organization supports initiatives of this nature. She said that cultural heritages provide hope for the host communities.

She also reaffirmed her organization's commitment in providing the needed financial assistance for the project. Madam Stall further revealed that her organization will provide 35,000 Euro for the project.

Meanwhile, CER is a programme of Prince Claus Fund, a platform for inter-cultural exchange.It stimulates and s activities in the field of culture related development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.