Welcome to NCAC's Website
MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR GENERAL
Gambian arts and culture is characterized by heterogeneity and diversity. As Gambia subscribes to most of the UNESCO culture conventions, our activities continue to be guided by the spirit of these Conventions which call for the safeguard and development of both the tangible and intangible aspects of cultural heritage, including the arts, for a more peaceful world. We are particularly keen on utilizing our cultural diversity as a source of strength, to galvanize our people to common understanding and mutual respect of each other’s values and traditions. Hence our support of festivals as a means to achieving this end.
In the realm of material heritage we are most proud of our UNESCO World Heritage Listings, Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites (2003) and the Stone Circles of the Senegambia (2006), testimony to the outstanding universal significance of these sites. Our National Museums continue to increase, serving as not only repositories for representative samples of the movable aspects of our cultural patrimony, but centres for study and cultural motivation.
We will continue to strive to attain international recognition for our intangible cultural heritage, which reached a milestone with the proclamation of the Kankurang as ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005 by UNESCO. Our next target is the inscription of our invaluable oral archives in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
Since 2004 copyright administration has also come under the purview of the NCAC. A copyright office has been established under the NCAC and charged with sensitization registration and enforcement. The Board of the Collecting Society of The Gambia, mandated under the Copyright Act, 2004, has also been inaugurated. We are currently working with all stakeholders to ensure implementation of an effective copyright regime in the short to medium term.
Culture must be seen as an integral part of our national development efforts. It is only through the recognition of the cultural dimension of development that our country can chart a course of development that will meet the needs and aspirations of The Gambian people.
This revamped NCAC website serves to once again introduce our services and the resources at our disposal. It will also endeavour to give regular updates on our activities and the cultural milieu in The Gambia. I enjoin all who visit the site to provide us feedback, and ask questions through the portal which will be regularly updated.
Baba A. CeesayDIRECTOR GENERAL