Saturday, 14 November 2020

CROSS RIVER CULTURAL VILLAGE STAGES COMEBACK DECEMBER 1, 2020

 




By: Achiane Adams

After a lengthy period of absence and the need to add excitement to the annual Carnival Calabar and Calabar Christmas Festival calendar, the Arts, Crafts and Cultural Village will make its comeback with 40 booths, on December 1, 2020, at the premises of the Cultural Centre Complex, Calabar. 


This was made known when the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Development, Mr. Eric Anderson, together with the Special Adviser, Events Management Department, Governor's Office, Mr. Kenneth Aklah, the Senior Special Assistant, Tourism, Mr. Atsu Jon Atsu and the Special Assistant on Entertainment, Mr. Effiom Bassey, inspected on-going construction of the booths at the Cultural Village.


The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Development, Mr. Eric Anderson, said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent unfortunate incident that occurred in the State, tourism, which Cross River is known for across the globe, is taking the front burner in the healing, reconnecting and rebuilding processes. 


Responding to concerns about the Arts, Crafts and Cultural Village interfering with the Christmas Village, Mr. Anderson stated that there is no need for such concerns as the Cultural Village was part of the Christmas Village way before the relocation of the Christmas Village to the premises of the Calabar Municipal Council.


"Also, since one of the major COVID-19 safety guidelines harps on the need to avoid crowded areas, the Cultural Village will serve as a channel to ease crowd. Besides, our tourism products are at a stage where expansion is needed. These Christmas Villages should be replicated across Calabar and the rest of the Local Government Areas in the State."


The Commissioner assured that strict COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced, adding that plans are already in motion with the appropriate quarters to ensure security, lighting, environmental health and safety for visitors and vendors.


The Special Adviser, Events Management Department, Governor's Office, Mr. Kenneth Aklah, lauded the move to bring back the Cultural Village, saying that the spread adds to the total excitement. 


The Cultural Village will see the State's 18 Local Government Areas, showcasing tangible and intangible cultural heritage such as music, arts, cuisines, languages, wrestling, dances, ecetera, as part of the State's efforts in the preservation, promotion and exchange of the distinctive cultural wealth, Cross River State is blessed with.

 


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#CrossRiver


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