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Cultural Tourism: Ayade to Commission Calabar Cultural Village

Nelson NseAbasi

In a bid to further develop unique tourism products to create traveler's engagement with the country, region and state's culture, Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade will commission the Arts, Crafts and Cultural Village on Thursday, December 3, 2020 in Calabar. 

The information is made available by the state commissioner for Culture & Tourism Development, Mr Eric Anderson while reacting to questions concerning tourism activities in the state during the 2020 yuletide. 

The Arts, Crafts and Cultural Village will make its comeback with 40 booths, on December 1, 2020, at the premises of the Cultural Centre Complex, Calabar. 

The Cultural Tourism initiative seeks to specifically celebrate and promote the lifestyle of Cross River people, their history, art, architecture, religion, and other elements that helped shape their way of life. 

The Cultural Village will see the State's 18 Local Government Areas, showcasing tangible and intangible cultural heritage such as music, arts, cuisines, languages, wrestling, dances, ecetera, as part of the State's efforts in the preservation, promotion and exchange of the distinctive cultural wealth Cross River State is blessed with.

Hon. Anderson said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, an unfortunate incident that affected tourism globally and which Cross River is known for, Sir Ayade is taking the front burner in the healing, reconnecting and rebuilding processes. He also added that "since one of the major COVID-19 safety guidelines harps on the need to avoid crowded areas, the Cultural Village will serve as a channel to ease crowd. "

Announcing the opening ceremony which takes place by 5pm on Thursday, the Commissioner called on Cross Riverians to laud and embrace the return of the Cultural Village, as he assured that strict COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced, adding that plans are already in motion with the appropriate quarters to ensure security, lighting, environmental health and safety for visitors and vendors.







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