President’s Day Competitions get new name

Old President day celebration logo PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Old President day celebration logo PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

In a new turn of events, government has changed the name of the popular President’s Day Competitions to The National Arts Festival. The competitions have been in existence for 13 years since their introduction in 2008.

The competitions were introduced to empower local artists as well as ensure the arts are recognised as a sector that can become a source of livelihood for people and contribute meaningfully to the diversification of the economy.

The competitions were considered among some of former president Ian Khama’s pet projects. At some point, the competitions saw the number of participants go over 14,000 in one year, reflecting their popularity among Batswana. A statement from the Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture this week revealed that the change in name comes after a review of the operations and competitions’ structure. However, the ministry also said the competitions will continue under the theme: “Creative Industries, A Vehicle for Sustainable Development”. Through the same statement, the ministry also gave an update on progress for this year’s edition of the competitions, stating the finals are scheduled for mid-July. “At regional level, the competitions started on May 7, 2022 and will end on June 25, 2022,” read the statement in part.

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