Accra, Oct. 18, GNA – 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
“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.