Accra- The third edition of “Leyyah Fest” has been launched at a colourful ceremony at the Center for National Culture Auditorium, in Accra.
This year’s edition scheduled for October 27, at the “Kawo Kudi Park” in Accra, is under the theme “Peace one day – bridging traditional and religious barriers” seeks to mobilize, harness potential and pool resources for the socio-economic development of citizens in the inner-cities.
Madam Edna Nyame, Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture (NCC) said the festival, would help bridge the gaps between and within various ethnic groups in the country.
“The NCC is committed to actively raise the standards of arts and culture in this country. With this in view, we are most privileged to join the centre for national culture and Inner City Chiefs in organising “Leyyah fest”.
“This year’s festival presents us with the opportunity to bridge the gaps between and within our chiefs in various ethnics groups thus to solve differences that has arisen due to the diversities in our culture,” Madam Nyame stated.
Alhaji Sultan Ahmed Nii Nortey Caesar, President of the Inner City Development Council, said, the rational behind organising “Leyyah Fest” was to create a common platform to share ideas, learn and interact with one another.
“For many years in Ghana, peaceful coexistence has eluded Indigenous Inner City Tribal and Muslims Chiefs and their people. There has been misunderstanding among them and sometimes leads to fights among the youth of the various ethnic groups,” he said.
He added, “This has impended development in these communities and are characterized by high unemployment and social vices.
“It’s in light of this that, the Inner-City Development Council has decided to organise the annual “Leyyah fest” to enable all stakeholders come together to interact and understand each other to foster development.”
The “Leyyah Fest” is being organised by Inner City Development Council in collaboration with the National Commission on Culture and Centre for National Culture.
Source: Ghana News Agency