With just a day remaining to the biggest cultural festival in recent times in Liberia, the administration of Cuttington University has revealed that all plans have been fully executed in preparation for the festival.
Shefiu Dabiri, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and chairman on the festival’s planning committee, said interest in the festival is very high among local people, including students, administration and all the peoples of Suakoko.
“They cannot wait for the event to begin. Accommodation is now set for our guests and everyone that desires to come will have a place to stay. Everything that is needed to make the festival great is now in place.
“While the festival is open to everyone, on the night of the second day we will be having a special dinner that will be strictly attended by invited guests,” Mr. Dabiri said.
The Collage of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences boss said additional activities have been added to the initial list of activities, adding that one particular extra would be disclosed as a “surprise” for those in attendance.
Expected to attract nearly 400 people, the two-day event, which is due to take place May 13 and 14 at the university’s campus in Suakoko, Bong County, will play host to host more than 30 local student artists performing traditional songs, dances and drumming.
The first day of the festival will feature discussions by diplomats and other stakeholders on the topic of promoting national reconciliation and peaceful co-existence through cultural diplomacy.
The forum, designed by Cuttington University, is aimed at creating awareness on the importance of cultural exchange (cultural diplomacy) in both national and international diplomatic relations for socioeconomic growth and development.
Also on the first day, in the afternoon, participants will tour the Africana Museum and view an exhibition of Liberian cultural and historical artifacts. Later that evening, participants will watch documentaries on historical Liberian figures.
The second day of the festival begins with a morning parade of CU students and staff dressed in their traditional African attires. Of course, a cultural competition contested in two categories follows. The best culturally attired male and female will be crowned Cuttington University Cultural Ambassadors for the year 2016.
The festival is being held under the theme: “Promoting Diversity, Tolerance and Peaceful Co-existence through Culture” and is the brainchild of the College of Liberal Arts and Science and Division of Students Affairs.