By Grace Orok
The Cross River State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Eric Anderson has reiterated his readiness to work with the organizers of Calabar Drama Festival to achieve set goals of expanding the creative sector of the State.
He made this known during the opening ceremony of the Calabar Drama Festival that took place in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State where he maintained that “my office is open to brilliant ideas that can move the State forward.”
Mr. Anderson, who described the initiative as a ‘formidable feat’ promised to take it to another level. “I am not promising financial backing but the Ministry of Culture and Tourism would partner with you and I would make sure this initiative is introduced to several other companies that will take it higher.” He said.
On his part while speaking, the CEO, Calabar Drama Festival Mr. Inyang Eyo revealed that “the event is first of its kind and has come to stay. Calabar Drama Festival is a theatrical event which accommodates different drama houses. We came up with this event to see how the potentials of the young ones can be harnessed.”
According to him, “We have many theatre companies in our State but our indigenous actors have been sidelined. We want to use this opportunity to advertise talents so that our very own can be used.”
High point was drama presentation and awarding of scholarships to outstanding performers by dignitaries.
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