President John Mahama has opened the 2014 National Festival of Arts and Culture with a clarion call for reflection on the erosion of cultural norms of the Ghanaian society.
The president was speaking at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region where a grand durbar of people and chiefs across the country was held to mark the opening ceremony of NAFAC. The National Festival of Arts and Culture is a biennial ceremony to showcase and promote Ghanaian culture, customs and traditions. It is most importantly to assess these values and their impact on national development.
President John Mahama said it is about time the country packaged and promoted its unique culture globally
He lamented what he described as the breakdown of some Ghanaian values which he indicated are impacting society negatively
He also discounted violence and political intolerance which traces its roots to ethnicity, adding government will ensure balanced development across board. Paramount chief of the Yeji Traditional Area, Pimapim Yaw Kagbrese III appealed that a fund would be created for the festival and rigorous development of tourist sites to make NAFAC celebration a worthwhile event.
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare announced the rehabilitation of the region’s cultural theatre which had been deteriorating and called for more media attention for culture and creative arts, underscoring its economic boosting potentials.
The colourful ceremony saw cultural performances from the various regions in the country and a display of assemble of chiefs in their full regalia.
source : myjoyonline.com