Liberia oldest private university, Cuttington, has announced its cultural festival that is expected to attract nearly 400 people from across the country including the American and Chinese ambassadors to Liberia.
The two-day event, which is due to take place May 13 and 14 at the university’s campus in Suakoko, Bong County, is expected to host more than 30 local student artists (performing in traditional singing, dancing and drumming).
The first day of the festival will feature discussions by diplomats and other stakeholders on the subject of promoting national reconciliation and peaceful co-existence through cultural diplomacy.
The forum, design by Cuttington University, is aimed at creating awareness of the importance of cultural exchange (cultural diplomacy) in both national and international diplomatic relations for socio-economic 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.
In a communication to LIB Life, Cuttington University said culture is about creativity, heritage, knowledge and diversity. In Liberia’s quest for national reconciliation and integration, it is also critical in showcasing its cultural heritage to its neighbors and the world at large.
“To [preserve] peace, there is a need to promote unity in diversity through mutual understanding and sincere respect for the inherent differences among a people of diverse ethnic nationalities,” the communication added.
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.