The highly-anticipated Sutukoba Kangkiling Festival is set to take place in Sutukoba Village, Wuli East District in the Upper River Region from 6 – 7 April, 2018.
Endorsed by the National Center for Arts and Culture, Sutukoba Kangkiling (One Voice) Festival is an annual community-driven cultural exhibition that is aimed at developing the village through the preservation and promotion of its arts and culture.
The Coordinator of the festival, Saikou Suwareh Jabai, said the ancestors of Sutukoba have always come together to live and express themselves through arts and culture. He enunciated that said these shared rituals are at the heart of what Sutukoba village is well known for.
He said the cultural festival will therefore preserve and celebrate these valuable artifacts of the village and use them as references in the village’s development agenda.
According to him, the two-day long cultural program will bring together more than 2,000 peoples from the Upper River Region and beyond and therefore called on all natives of Sutukoba and friends to attend and show solidary to the village’s rich cultural heritage.
The Alkalo of Sutukoba Village, Kumuntung Jabai expressed delight with the initiative, saying it will go a long way in preserving the village’s rich cultural background. While calling on all natives of the village to attend, the alkalo assured of his support and that of the village development committee (VDC).
The National Assembly Member for Wuli West, Suwaibou Touray, who is also a native of Sutukoba, said the festival will promote cultural identities and strengthen unity among natives of the village.
Touray said the festival will enhance unity and a sense of belonging for the village’s arts, culture and rich history.
The Director of Fine and Performing Arts at the National Center of Arts and Culture, Sheikh Omar Jallow, welcomed the Sutukoba Kangkiling Festival and said the village has a very rich culture that needs such cultural festivals to promote and preserve it from extinction.