Gambia prepares to host national festival in 2023

Jun 22, 2022, 10:53 AM

As the country’s culture and tradition is put in the forefront, plans are underway to have a national festival in April 2023.

The event will be held in Janjanbureh in the Central River Region.


Hassoum Ceesay, the director general, National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC), said the coming season has to do with the various festivals. “As you know, in the past four to five years, there have been community festivals, and now our plan is to have a national festival.”

He said already work is ongoing in Janjanbureh which is basically to celebrate the history of Maccarthy after it was occupied by the British for 200 years.

“Our preparation for the season is also for the refurbishment of the National Museum by Africell, and the dedication of Arch 22 as a National Memorial Site for the victims of the dictatorship.”

NCAC director general explained that there are some activities which have to do with the refurbishment of heritage sites such the Mungo Park Memorial obelisk in Sami Karantaba. According to him, the contract has been awarded and work has started and expected to finish by early November.

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