Lakes State Artists To Promote Culture And Patriotism

The Lakes state Interim Artist Association chairman, Marial Awuok Til has set up plans to host an artist’s conference in Rumbek, targeting Lakes State artists to compose national patriotic and cultural songs.

Lakes State Artists To Promote Culture And Patriotism
Marial Awuok Til said the conference will focus on cultures and customs as well praising the image of South Sudan. [Gabriel Mayom]

By Gabriel Mayom

WAU, 26 December 2012 [Gurtong] -  “We are going to have conference that will be attended by more than 61 artists of Lakes State,” said Awuok.

He said the conference will focus on cultures and customs as well praising the image of South Sudan.

He explained that the association has six female and most are facing several challenges which hinder them from doing more outreach to promote peace and culture issues.

"Our activities are currently going on and off due to financial difficulties - we are seeking financial support from state government to finance peace program plan and to provide full protection to musicians who will be performing their duty in music industry," he said.
 
Lakes state Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has a mandate to preach peace through music and cultural competition.

Lakes state Governor, Chol Tong Mayay said that his state government can accommodate any slogan that focuses on promoting peace and harmony among the state citizens.

"There are a lot of spaces in accommodating peace program within my state government leadership - if your program focuses in promoting peace and harmony, immediately you are welcome and back up from state government to your program will be provided." said Chol.

David Marial Gumke, commissioner of Rumbek East County appreciated the upcoming conference by the musicians and affirmed his support.

"In my capacity as commissioner of Rumbek East, I am ready to offer my support to those artists - I have great number of artists within these 61 members. I will offer financial assistance as well security." said Gumke.

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