The Official ROOTS Programme

 

 11TH EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ROOTS FESTIVAL, 9TH - 17TH MAY 2014,
THE OFFICIAL PROGRAMME, REGISTRATION FEE: $100 OR £90
 
  DATE
  ACTIVITY
  VENUE
  TIME
  REMARKS
 Friday
9th May 2014
JUMA PRAYERS

REGISTRATION AND WELCOME RECEPTION
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 NIGHT OF THE GRIOTS
Mosque
 
Ebunjan Theatre Complex, kanifing
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Ebunjan Theatre Complex, Kanifing
2:00pm
 
6:00pm 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
10th May 2014
 
 
 
At Night
 Shopping / Site Visits
 
 
 
MUSICAL JAMBOREE featuring International Guest Artists

Banjul, Bakau, Bijilo, Tanji, and Batokunku

 

Independence Stadium

10:00am
 to
1:00pm
 
 
 9pm - 2am
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest artists include: Sizzla Kalongi, Erykah Badu, Mutabaruka, and other Gambian artists.
 
 
Sunday
11th May 2014
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
 
 Arch 22 Grounds, Banjul
 
 
 4:00pm
The carnival procession will start at 22nd July Square to Arch 22. The carnival will feature the different masqurades of the ethnic groups of The Gambia, Dance troupes, Drum symphony, acrobatic display of the Fulani tribe, and cultural entertainers from the regions of The Gamba and beyond.
 - International guests are invited to participate in the carnival procession.
 
Monday
12th May 2014
 ROOTS PILGRIMAGE
 Day′s trip to the villages of Juffureh/Albreda.
 
 
 Albreda / Juffureh Kunta Kinteh Island
Departures from Hotels at 8:00am (Journey by Boat)
 Visits to Kunta Kinteh Island (James Island), the ancestral homestead of Kunta Kinteh, and other sites of historical importance including the Slavery Museum.
 
Meet the village chiefs and elders of Juffureh, Albreda and North Bank Region, marked by a cultural festival.
 Tuesday
13th May 2014
SYMPOSIUM
 
 
 
 
LUNCH
 
 
 
"REGATTA"
(Traditional Boat Race)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Departure of initiates to Kanilai for the Futampaf Rites to join their adopted families for preparatory formalities.
  Kairaba Beach Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Banjul Wharf
Gambia Port Authority
 11:00am - a:00pm
 
 
1:00pm - 2:30pm
 
 
 
3:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4:pm
Various national and International speakers

 

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

  • Boat races;
  • Pillow fights;
  • Climb the greasy pole;
  • Traditional drumming and dance;
  • Award of prizes.
 
Wednesday
14th May 2014
 
"FUTAMPAF"
(Rites of Passage)
 
 
 
Kanilai Village
 
 
Departures from hotels 8:00am
 
 
Futampaf is a Jola initiation ceremony hosted by His Excellency The President of the Republic of the Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alhagie Dr Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. Gambian names to be given to initiates, cultural dances and Kumpo masquerades featured.
 Thursday
15th May 2014 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Evening
 
Visit to MAKASUTU
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
African Gala Dinner (Taste of Africa) and Awards Night
 
Makasutu Culture Forest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senegambia Beach Hotel Garden
 
9:00am
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8:00pm
 
A renowned eco-tourism lodge, internationally acclaimed;
- Nature trail
- Boat ride through the creeks;
- Music and dance;
- Food and drinks.
 
Award of certificates to deserving collaborators and special invited guests, punctuated by African food and drinks buffet and a cultural extravaganza.
Friday
16th May 2014
Departures / Farewell
 
 
 Collection of feedback questionaire
 

 

These are the Partner Hotels for the International ROOTS Festival and their Rates

 The rates include bed and breakfast for one week

 HOTEL OCCUPANCY RATES
Senegambia Beach Hotel Single Occupancy 200 Pounds
   Double Occupancy  225 Pounds
Djaliba Hotel Single Occupancy 180 Pounds
  Double Occupancy 360 Pounds

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