The first anniversary celebration of the Homogeneous Festival, instituted by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts to promote domestic tourism reached its climax with pomp and pageantry at a grand durbar held at the weekend in Accra.
It brought on display a variety of rich traditional cultures of the Ga Dangbes, signifying the understanding and unity among the various traditional areas within the Greater Accra Region.
The Homogeneous Festival dubbed: “Homofest 2015”, was instituted last year by the Ministry to foster unity among the Ga Dangbes, in addition to creating awareness among the indigenes, while promoting their food, dance and music.
Under the theme: “Unity and development”, the festival is part of the ministry’s ‘Explore Ghana’ project, which has the sole objective of promoting domestic tourism.
In a speech read on his behalf at the durbar, President John Dramani Mahama, called on traditional rulers to learn how to live in peace with one another, no matter their difference for a common purpose to promote national development.
He lauded the effective collaboration between the Ministries of Local Government and Rural Development, Chieftaincy and Culture and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and other institutions in the organisation of Homofest 2015.
The President said this partnership reflected the commitment and a sense of ownership demonstrated by these institutions to develop and sustain the culture of the people of Ga Dangbes to ensure peace and economic progress.
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts said the ministry was committed to making the people understand the culture of the Ga Dangbes and also promote domestic tourism.
The Minister said Homofest was a festival for the capital city, which seeks to promote ‘Unity and development with emphasis on improving sanitation, investment and job creation among others.
“It, therefore, forms an integral part of my ministry’s domestic tourism initiative coded, ‘Explore Ghana’ aimed at bringing our people closer to our rich culture traditions and harnessing the creativity of our citizenry,” she added.
By Times Reporter