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EASTERN REGIONAL THEATRE COMMISSIONED IN KOFORIDUA

Finally, the Eastern Regional Centre for National Culture project which was initiated by the late Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1964 has been completed and commissioned in Koforidua

The Eastern Regional Theatre which is a Public-Private Partnership project was supposed to be completed and inaugurated ahead of the National Festival of Arts and Culture – NAFAC in November 2018 was on Friday, January 18, 2019, commissioned

The Chairman, Baffour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng, Krontihene on behalf of Daasebre Prof. (Emeritus) Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area in his inaugural speech expressed how the theatre will be an essential preservation project that has far-reaching positive cultural connotations for the people of the Eastern Region as well as the entire nation

“The completion and the eventual inauguration of this important theatre edifice today, will signify another great milestone in the history of the National Commission on Culture and for that matter the Eastern Regional Centre for National Culture in contributing to ensuring that the country’s revered cultural heritage continues to remain sacrosanct, safeguarded and actively used in remembering and immortalizing not only our history but also sustaining the traditions that have shaped our unique national identity and unity,” he stated

Krontihene, Baffour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng added, it cannot be gainsaid that the Ghanaian culture is replete with power and wealth. He, therefore, admonished that it should be the responsibility of all and sundry, to ensure that the youth more especially are reminded of these power and wealth embedded in the Ghanaian cultural heritage

“What prevails today is the unguarded adoption of western lifestyle or cultures by most people especially the youth in the name of modernity, leading to the adulteration of our beautiful culture. This has immensely contributed to the erosion of values, power and wealth of our cultural heritage as well as the histories of most communities,” he added

The Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour in his solidarity message applauded the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for getting the theatre completed in less than two (2) years

“We have not only completed this edifice but also restored the creative space and created a conducive atmosphere for the performance of arts where talents, innovations, enterprise and performing arts among others can be demonstrated,” he said

Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour was optimistic the completion of the Eastern Regional Theatre will in no doubt create employment for many people and contribute to the wealth creation for our youth in the region and beyond

The Regional minister used the opportunity to invite the general public to patronize the theatre facility for conferences, workshops, and training as well as seminars and lectures

Hon. Darfour however appealed to the duty-bearers to develop comprehensive maintenance schedules to preserve the theatre and keep the facility spick-and-span.

“Do not allow it (theatre) to deteriorate with the mentality that it’s for the government and ‘government has no relative’,” he added

Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi, MP and Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture in his address on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture reiterated the government’s commitment to complete the Regional Cultural Centers at various stages of completion spanning several decades

The Deputy Minister is however of no doubt that the culture and the Creative Arts sub-sector is bedecked with a lot of infrastructural problems. He identified the lack of appropriate cultural infrastructure continues to hinder all efforts to achieve the cardinal objectives on which the Cultural Policy of Ghana is premised particularly in the regions and districts

“The lack of infrastructure has led to a virtual collapse of the culture and creative arts in the industry. Performers have no decent halls to put up drama or musical concerts or for rehearsals and Fine artists from all categories also lack studios and craft shops to create their works or distribution outlets and exhibition halls to market them,” stated

Hon. Ziblim Iddi emphasized that the multi-faceted effects have compelled the NPP Government under Nana Akufo-Addo to lift the arts and culture sub-sector from the doldrums by responding to the infrastructural needs and bottlenecks hampering the prolific growth of the sub-sector

In spite of the myriad problems, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture promised that the Kumasi and the Takoradi theatres will also be completed in eight (8) months

Asiwome Tei-Mati | atmogh.com

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Asiwome Writes born Asiwome Tei-Mati is the Chief Writer at www.asiwomewrites.com, a blog for all credible and At the Moment Entertainment News. A blog designed for all Showbiz News, Interviews and Reviews in the Creative Arts industry in Ghana. Asi Wome is an entertainment enthusiast and journalist, a Communication Strategist and a radio and TV Entertainment, pundit.

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

COVID-19 will be defeated in 10 Days – Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

As the world grapples with managing and finding a lasting solution to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Evans Yaw Tawiah has prophesied the defeat of the virus in ten (10) days.

The Apostle of Souls for Heaven Ministry, based in Koforidua in the Eastern Region revealed yesterday in a Facebook post, that the novel COVID-19 will be a thing of the past in 10 days.

“God has answered our prayers. In 10 days, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past. Keep on trusting God,” he posted.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

The Apostle of the gospel, who also doubles as the owner of the Koforidua based radio station, Emak 97.7 Fm in an exclusive interview with www.asiwomewrites.com further stated that the defeat of COVID-19 which is in 10 days, starts from today, Monday, March 23, 2020.

“The Lord told me (Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah), in 10 days, starting from today, COVID-19 will be defeated.”

He, however, cautioned that times are evil and called on all to come to Christ because we are in the end-time.

READ ALSO: Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

Apostle Tawiah urged every Ghanaians to partake in the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo’s call for the nation to fast and pray on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

He also appealed to the general public to take all precautionary measures and the directives given by the Ghana Health Service and the president respectively.

 

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COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

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SINGAPORE: About S$1.6 million will be set aside for the arts and culture sector as part of support for the community amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and to prepare the sector for “post-disease recovery”, announced Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng on Friday (Mar 6).

“We want cultural performances to continue during this time as the arts inspire us and lift our spirits, as long as necessary precautions are in place. This is what MCCY (Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth) agencies and institutions – including NAC (National Arts Council), NHB (National Heritage Board) and PA (People’s Association) – will commit to, where possible,” he said in his Committee of Supply speech.

“We also want to encourage arts and culture practitioners to take this opportunity to develop their capabilities and better position themselves for the future.”

READ ALSO: Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

Part of the S$1.6 million will include a subsidy of 30 percent for venue rental and associated costs for arts and culture activities from Mar 7 to Jun 30.

This will be applicable at national cultural institutions such as the Esplanade, Arts House Limited venues, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

In addition, the National Arts Council will provide a one-time, enhanced capability development grant for individuals and arts organizations.

The aim of this grant, which will open to applications from Mar 16, is to promote upskilling and organizational capability development, said Mr. Baey.

These two initiatives are part of the Stabilisation and Support Package announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during his Budget speech. The package was introduced to help stabilize the economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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“Arts groups and practitioners, including those who enjoy subsidized rentals under NAC’s arts housing scheme, can benefit from both initiatives,” said Mr. Baey.

The Package includes a training support scheme for self-employed persons, who will be paid S$7.50 per hour as training allowance when attending eligible programs.

NAC will continue working with SkillsFuture Singapore to curate arts and culture courses for arts freelancers to complement existing initiatives like the Arts Resource Hub.

“We encourage all eligible arts and culture professionals to tap on the available measures, including subscribing to the Arts Resource Hub, which is free, and prepare themselves for the post-COVID-19 upturn … We encourage arts practitioners to support one another during this time,” Mr. Baey said.

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

The annual Kwahu Easter and all other activities associated with it has been called off by the Kwahu Traditional Area

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Following the directives from Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana on the novel Coronavirus – COVID -19 outbreak, the Kwahu Traditional Area has called off the annual Kwahu Easter celebrations.

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In a release dated March 16, 2020, and signed by Samuel Tuffour, registrar of the Kwahu Traditional Area, one week, forty days observation and funerals in Kwahu must be on hold indefinitely.

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

 

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