November 2, 2016 By Hawa Amara
Freetong Players International in collaboration with Top Best Squad (TBS) and the Siaka Steven Stadium Management have disclosed to journalists that they would hold the usual Tangains festival from 2nd December, 2016 to 2nd January,2017.
The festival, which would be hosted at the National stadium, will end on the 2nd January 2017 on the theme ‘know where you come from.’
Giving a brief background about the festival, Director General of Freetong Players, Charlie Haffner, said the festival was first staged in Freetown in 1994 and was being hosted between Victoria Pack, Siaka Steven Stadium and Goderich Village.
Haffner said that they decided to use the name ‘TANGAINS’ to meet their international folk festival membership obligations, enriching the lives of festival goers through arts, culture, entertainment, trade partnership and to showcase the country’s rich national economic cultural heritage.
He said each year, Tangains festival attracts over one million festival goers from all walks of lives and creates opportunities for enhancing socio economic growth.
“The festival will begin with the usual Tangains float carnival parade from the Up-Gun to the venue. Even though the festival activities will commence on 2nd December, the formal ceremony to declare the festival open by the Minister of Tourism, Sidie Yahya Tunis, will take place on 7th December,” he said.
He noted that the opening ceremony would feature speeches and toasts, pouring of libation, feasting and cultural displays.
He said daily programmes will include presentation of threat, musical fiesta including live band exhibition of traditional history, Miss Tangains beauty pageant, football Gala, Children Talent exposition, toy competition, traditional games, trade fair, lottery, cenema, and sale of hand craft.
He said this year’s festival would introduce performance arts award night, and that they were also working on the possibility to partner with medial houses for daily radio and TV live coverages.
Director of festival, Tutie Haffner assured of robust security measure at the National Stadium.