By Aisha Tamba
Flex Fuzion Entertainment in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment Project and the National Center for Arts and Culture recently launched a dance and drumming competition.
The event is geared towards promoting Gambian talents through dancing and drum beating, as well as encourage the youths to take up creative skills and performing arts entrepreneurship.
The Minister of Tourism and Culture Hamat Bah, said his ministry will look in to the needs of the industry of arts and culture.
“The Gambia is the only country in the sub region without a national theater, art center, and a dance school. These things were neglected by the former regime for 22 years. “As a minister I want to restore our legacy nationally and internationally,” he said.
He said out of millions of destinations in the world the New York Times chooses Gambia amongst the 28th best destination to travel and stay.
“The only country that is ahead of us in Africa is Tunisia, ranked 27, The Gambia 28 and Senegal 43 as the only three African countries that appeared on the list but we are not taking advantage of that.”
The minister assured of his ministry’s commitment to partner and support arts and culture to make lasting differences to the country’s art industry.
The Founder and CEO of Flex Fuzion Entertainment Ms Ndey Fatou Jabang, said the objective of the championship is to nurture Gambian talents, boost the tourism and cultural sectors and create employment opportunities with a new vision of entertainment.
The event begins with live performances on April 14 and in total 135 participants will take part in the championship.