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Ghana celebrates National Festival for Arts and Culture

Display of culture and dance

As the country celebrates the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFAC), Ghanaians are advised to promote made in Ghana products.

Ghana is currently celebrating the 2019 edition of NAFAC at the Koforidua Jubilee Park in the Eastern Region.

Dubbed “Empowering the youth through Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts for Employment and Wealth Creation”, it forms part of the National Commission on Culture’s effort to enhance Ghanaian cultural life.

The celebration brought together people from the sixteen regions of the country as well as people from the Diaspora to interact and share ideas on the economic and socio-cultural potentials in the cultural and creative industries.

The festival also includes a national durbar of chiefs and regional days meant for the promotion of cultural interactions and inter-ethnic understanding.

‘’The festival would also give opportunity to participants to shop for high quality beads at the biggest beads market in West Africa, which would be sited at the grounds for the festival’’.

Explaining the rationale behind the festival to Zaa news, Executive Director for Tourism society in Ghana Joseph Amartey stated that NAFAC 2019 positions culture as a critical driving force towards the economic and socio-cultural fortunes of Ghana.

He revealed that the government of Ghana got involved with NAFAC in 1972 and the festival was celebrated for the first time at District, Regional and National levels that year.

He said it also aims at developing cultural programmes to contribute to the nation’s human development and progress through heritage preservation and promotion, as well as the use of traditional and modern arts and crafts to create wealth and alleviate poverty.

‘’NAFAC is also a unifier of the various groups in the country to show their peculiar artifacts to the world’’.

The celebration which started on the November 9 is expected to end on November 15, 2019.

By: Lilian D. Walter

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