The Krontihene of the New Juaben Traditional Area has revealed that the National Festival of Arts and Culture – NAFAC 2018 was postponed for the simple reason that there was no money.
The event which was earlier scheduled to be celebrated in Koforidua in the Eastern Region in November 2018 was postponed indefinitely without a reason from the Ministry for Tourism, Arts and Culture.
However, during the NAFAC 2019 Media Launch on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, in Koforidua at the renovated Regional Cultural Center, the Krontihene, Baffour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng shockingly revealed that the postponement was because there was no money.
“The organization of the National Festival of Arts and Culture in the Eastern Region was postponed for the simple reason that there was no money. When I checked, that was what I was told when I was instructed to represent the traditional council on the planning committee”.
He, therefore, urged the government to demonstrate more commitment towards promoting the tourism, culture and creative arts industry and support the National Commission on Culture to better deliver its mandate.
The further stated that the nation stands to lose its identity and go into oblivion if the situation does not change for the better.
“How can the industry be well developed to contribute its quota to the economic development of this country, if the agency mandated to promote our tourism, culture and creative arts is not well resourced,?” he quizzed.
He also identified the huge monitory values in the promotion of tourism, culture and creative arts sector of the economy and therefore called for a more business-oriented industry transformation.
“The sector, therefore, needs a transformation to be more business-oriented industry through enhanced and accelerated product design and development, market development and penetration. Let us do all we can to galvanize the private sector to better invest in this industry for the enhanced economic growth of the country,” the Krontihene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Baffour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng said.
National Festival of Arts and Culture – NAFAC 2019, is the second in the Eastern Region after the 1982 edition.
Since 1967, the National Festival of Arts and Culture has been the appellation of Ghanaians with a priceless heritage to protect the arts and culture heralded its successive celebrations.
The event is under the theme; “Empowering the Youth through Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts for Employment and Wealth Creation” and will be held from Friday, November 8 to Friday, November 15, 2019.
NAFAC which is organized biennially is to consolidate all the gains made culturally using a permissible platform for all the ethnic cultures in Ghana to come together to promote the rich unity in cultural diversity as an asset for national development.