Friday, March 5

CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY DEMAND SUPPORT FROM GOV’T

The National Commission on Culture and the Creative Arts Council are demanding financial and logistical support from the government before they can support the COVID 19 campaign aimed at managing the spread of the pandemic.

The two bodies met President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra this afternoon to discuss how stakeholders in the creative arts industry can help step up public education on the preventive measures.

At the meeting were representatives from the Commission on Culture, Community Youth and Cultural Sector, National Theater, Bureau of Ghanaian Languages, and National Commission on Culture.

The rest were representatives from the Creative Arts Council, National Film Authority, Musicians Union of Ghana, Film Producers Association, Ghana Music Rights Organisation, Ghana Actors Guild, as well as members from the fashion industry. 

The Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture, Jane Ruth Nyame indicated the commission has lined up series of events involving hiefs, the Regional Coordinating Councils and the local assemblies to educate the masses.

However, the lack of funding is hampering it’s activities, he added. 

The President of the Interim Creative Art Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, expressed the commitment of members in the council to help educate the public on the need to adhere to the protocols but lack funding.

President Akufo-Addo said government recognizes the contribution of the creative arts industry and pledged to collaborate with them to educate the public on the COVID 19 protocols

President AKufo-Addo, in an address, commended the industry’s role to the development of the country and pledged to constantly engage the stakeholders to determine how the government can support the growth of the industry.

He said the country has been blessed with talents in music, arts, and literature and added that the talents have kept the creative arts industry alive, even though they have not been adequately renumerated.

The President believes constant engagements between the government and stakeholders in the industry can help the sector to grow and contribute more to the development of the country

On the COVID 19 outbreak, he noted that the pandemic has affected Ghanaian values, social, and cultural life and stressed the need for Ghanaians to continue to observe social distancing protocols, good hygiene, to prevent the spread of the virus.

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