The Official ROOTS Programme

 

 12TH EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ROOTS FESTIVAL, 6TH - 13TH MAY 2016,
THE OFFICIAL PROGRAMME, REGISTRATION FEE: $240, €220 OR £150
 
  DATE
  ACTIVITY
  VENUE
  TIME
  REMARKS
 
Friday
6th May 2016
 
JUMA PRAYERS

REGISTRATION  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
WELCOME RECEPTION / DINNER & NIGHT OF THE GRIOTS
 
Mosque
 
Ebunjan Theatre Complex, kanifing
 
     
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ebunjan Theatre Complex, Kanifing
 
2:00pm
 
Departure from hotels
7:00pm 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8:00pm
 
 
 
Introduction and orientation on festive week′s programme of events.
- Registration of guests
- Food and local drinks served.
- Welcome greetings from the Minister of Tourism & Culture and members of the National Organising Committee.
 
 
 Traditional Music & Dance, Music of the Kora, Halam, historical narratives and traditional songs, including a drama.
 Saturday
7th May 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OFFICIAL OPENING
 
CARNIVAL PROCESSION OF MASQURADES AND CULTURAL GROUPS
Ceremony to be presided by His Excellency The President of the Republic of The Gambia.
- Official Speeches
- Cultural Entertainment 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MUSICAL JAMBOREE

 Arch 22 Grounds, Banjul (Departure froom hotels 2:30pm)

 

 

 Independence Stadium

 
 
3:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10pm till daybreak
The carnival procession will start at 22nd July Ssquare to Arch 22. The carnival will fearure the different masks and masquerades of the ethnic groups of The Gambia, Dance Troupes, Drum Symphony, Acrobatic Displays of the Fulani tribe, and cultural entertainers from att the regions of The Gambia and beyond.
 
- International guests are invited to participate in the carnival procession.
Featuring local and international artists.
 
 
Sunday
8th May 2016

City Tour visiting places of cultural interest (Optional)

Visual Arts / Craft Exhibition(Shopping Day)

 
National Museum Banjul and Kachikally Crocodile Pool Bakau
 
 
 
 
′Gambia Tourism & Hospitality Institute (GTHI) Grounds, Kanifing′

10am-12pm

 Start 10am

 
 
 
 
 
 
Display of locally made art works accompanied by cultural entertainment.
 
Monday
9th May 2016
 ROOTS PILGRIMAGE
 
Day′s trip to the villages ot Juffureh/Albreda

 
 
 Albreda / Juffureh Kunta Kinteh Island
Departures from hotels at  4:00pm (Journey by boat/road)

2:00pm

3:00pm

4:30pm

5:00pm

 Visits to Kunta Kinteh Island (James Island), if travel by boat and if by road, first visit the Kinteh family.
 
LUNCH
 
 
Visit the other sites of historical importance including the Slave Museum.

 Meet the village elders of Juffureh/Albreda and other invited guests of North Bank Region.

Cultural entertainment by cultural groups.
 Tuesday
10th May 2016
"FUTAMPAF"
(Rites of Passage)
 
 
  Kanilai Village, Foni Kansala
 
 
 
Departures from hotels 8:00am Futampaf is a Jola initiation ceremony hosted by His Excellency The President of the Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alhagi Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. Gambian names to be given to initiates, cultural dances and kumpo masquerades featured.
 
Wednesday
11th May 2016
 SYMPOSIUM

African Gala Dinner (Taste of Africa) and Awards Night

 
 
 Kairaba Beach Hotel
 
 
Senegambia Beach Hotel
 11am-1pm
 
 
9:00pm
 Various national and international speakers
 
Award of certificates to deserving collaborators and special invited guests. punctuated by African food and drinks buffet and a cultural extravaganza.
 Thursday
12th May 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Afternoon
 ECO-TOURISM EXCURSIONS

 

 "REGATTA"

(Traditional boat race)

 Makasutu Culture Forest, Kembujeh / Sandele, Kartong / Ndemban, Foni
 
 
 
 
 
 
Banjul Wharf, Gambia Ports Authority
 Departure from hotels 9:00am
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4:00pm
 Renowned eco-tourism lodges,
- Nature trail
- Boat ride through the creeks in Makasutu;
- Music and dance;
- Food and drinks.

Programme is co-ordinated by staff of the Gambia Ports Authority. It entails:

  • Boat races
  • Pillow Fights
  • Climbing the greasy pole
  • Traditional drumming and dance
  • Award of prizes
Friday
13th May 2016
Departures / Farewell
 
 
 Collection of feedback questionaire
 

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