September 10, 2018

National Festival 2018 concludes

National Festival 2018 concludes

Asmara, 09 September 2018- The National Festival 2018 which was under way for nine days from 31 August concluded yesterday, 8 September with great fervor. At the concluding ceremony held at the Expo compound prizes have been handed over to winners of various competitions.

During the closing session in which senior government and Front officials, representatives of National Associations and invited guests took part, the Commissioner of Culture and Sports, Ambassador Zemede Tekle stated that the national festival is playing significant role as a platform of unity and diversity as well as in preserving culture of the society. He also noted that this year’s festival is unique for it was conducted during promising peace prospect prevailing in the region and called on all parties to enhance contribution in conducting future national festivals with greater vigor and preparation.

Following the detailed report and assessment on the overall activities conducted during the National Festival, regional administrations, institutions and individuals that registered excellence at the Festival received prizes.

According to report, the Gash Barka region received prize for being first in construction of traditional houses, while the Anseba region stood first in the exhibition of household items, and the Southern region received prize for being first in traditional dances and music.

The 9-day National Festival 2018 featured a number of programs including exhibitions, artistic and cultural performances, and bazaar shows, performances by youth cultural troupes, cultural troupes from the six regions, educational and entertainment programs as well as children’s pavilion.

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