The Brong Ahafo Regional Director of the Centre for National Culture, Helen S. Akanbong has appealed to government to ensure the early completion of the Sunyani Cultural Centre building, to promote the creative arts in the region.
She expressed worry that the lack of modern theatre was affecting the development and patronage of the arts business, and there was, therefore, the need for the authorities to expedite action on the project, which was at least 70 per cent complete.
Madam Akanbong, who made the call when she interacted with journalists at Sunyani, said the centre lacked a theatre, auditorium, furniture, dressing rooms, lightening system thus making it difficult for people to develop talents, as well as revive public interest in the arts industry.
According to her the region had about 400 professional and amateur creative arts artistes, musicians, dancers, film makers and those involved in ceramics.
Madam Akanbong noted that aside the poor state of affairs, modernity and general lack of interest in the creative arts among the youth militated against the development of the industry.
She appealed to the media to help promote Ghana’s cultural heritage, and revive the arts industry and expressed the fear that the country might lose its heritage if the trend continued.
Madam Akanbong noted that some cultural dances and local dishes were becoming extinct.
She urged the authorities to revamp the defunct ceramic factory at Tanoso near Abesim in the region, to offer employment for the teeming unemployed youth in the area.
From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani