Bayelsa State Government is set to introduce an annual cultural festival for the preservation and promotion of the culture, tradition and the language of its people.
This followed the approval of the memo on the subject matter presented to the State Executive Council meeting by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Iti Orugbani.
To this end, the Prosperity Administration has made it a policy to host an annual cultural festival in the state every December.
Dr. Orugbani, who confirmed the development, said among other reasons, the initiative would be to consciously harness, preserve and promote “our rich cultural heritage for socio-economic development of the state.”
It is also expected that the festival would create an avenue to showcase the diverse cultural heritage, talents, spirit of Ijaw Identity and to promote peaceful co-existence among the people in the state.
The Bayelsa State Annual Cultural Festival will also inculcate responsible norms, values and good morals into youths since culture is transmitted from one generation to another.
The event will also provide a platform to project Bayelsa as a peaceful and investment/tourist friendly state to the international community.
EVENTS OF THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE:
Street Carnival, Boat Regatta, Canoe Race, Traditional Wrestling, Cultural Dance, Board Game, Native Attires Display, Local Cuisine Exhibition, Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Fishing Spear Demonstration, Fishing Throw Net Display and Variety/ Award Night.
OUR CULTURE IS OUR PRIDE!