Arts and culture champion Derik Alfred honoured
The Committee of the Derik Cultural Festival launched the second edition of the festival to celebrate the life of the late Derik Uya Alfred, a South Sudanese cultural enthusiast who died some time back.
The festival commenced on Saturday and will be running until November 18 at the University of Juba, Atlabara.
“The festival aims to perpetuate the memory of Derik, who passed away after a career full of giving in various fields of cultural and theatrical work in Sudan and South Sudan,’’ the committee noted in a statement.
It added that “the idea of the festival is based on an ambitious project based on a deep belief in the importance of cultural action and creative work in shaping collective awareness and building national identity.”
The slogan of this year’s celebration is “Culture as a Pathway for Nation Building.” According to the committee, the selection of the slogan was inspired by the aspirations of the late Derik, which revolved around promoting cultures in the country.
“It provides practical answers to questions related to identity and diversity, and how to employ the cultural richness that our country has in the development process, and establishes cultural dialogue,’’ the committee noted.
The committee noted that the festival’s activities would encompass acting, music, and other forms of art. There will also be a photo and a book exhibition, as well as major activities represented by dialogue forums and the presentation of scientific papers.
Sammani Lual Aromag was picked as the representative of the committee and the anchorman spearheading the festival. The committee stated that this was “in appreciation of the symbols and personalities who contributed to laying the building blocks and main features of the cultural, creative, and artistic movement in the country since its early days.”
The chairperson of the festival, Atim Simon, told City Review that the festival is to remind people about the great contributions of Mr Derik in the field of culture and creativity, especially in theatre and creative writing.
The organizing committee will also institute an award bearing the name of the late cultural enthusiast in the fields of theatre, composition, creative writing, and cinema.
‘‘It will have a technical committee, which will set the criteria and conditions for participation required for the works submitted by the prize contenders.’’