Central Regional festival of Arts and culture ends

By Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Coast, July 16, GNA – The 2017 edition of the Central Regional Festival of Arts
and Culture has ended in Cape Coast with a call on students to cherish the
country’s unique cultural heritage to promote national integration and

festival was aimed at offering the students the opportunity to exhibit their
unique cultural and artistic prowess to represent the region at the national
festival of Arts and Culture scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 30
this year.

was organised by the Ghana Education Service (GES) on the theme: “The
impact of cultural practices on the protection, education and development of
the Ghanaian child.”

featured school children from 20 districts in the region who competed in
beautiful cultural performances, choral music, sight singing, drum language,
poetry recitals, drama, needle works and sewing.

occasion witnessed a fiercely contested cooking skills of the various
contestants which reflected the multifaceted cultural dishes and depicted the
ethnic diversity and uniqueness of the Ghanaian population.

event had on display artifacts, sandals, traditional drums, woven baskets, clay
pots, bowls, hats and necklaces, wrist band made of beads among others.

beautifully dressed  students, decorated
with Kente, beads of varying kinds and 
sizes showcased their African artistic dance styles as tons of applauds
and gifts poured from  the spectators.

an address to the participants, Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan
stressed the need for parents and teachers to coach and support children to
enable them unearth their God-given talents to better their lives.

reiterated calls for children to desist from blindly copying foreign cultures
and hold on firmly to the country’s rich culture for posterity.

Duncan encouraged the youth to be proud of their culture and portray themselves
as Africans and added that “any group of people without specific cultural
traits are misplaced in the society and are therefore not culturally

David Afram, Regional Director of Education said the region was endowed with
unique traditional cultural products that must be explored to generate revenue
to support development.

underlined the significant roles teachers played in the upbringing of children
and urged them not to give up regardless of the militating factors but take
solace in the lives they transformed.

commended the participants for showing strong commitment towards promoting and
sustaining the rich Ghanaian culture.

programme was attended by officials of the Ghana Education Service (GES),
teachers, Chiefs, politicians and Africans from the Diaspora.


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