Reflection Bologna 40th Anniversary 4th-6th July 2014

Even now by ourselves

Pre-Concert:  Thursday 3rd July 2014 Opening ceremony: Friday 4th July @ 10.00 a.m. Ends: Monday 7th July at 05:00 a.m.
Pre-Concert:  Thursday 3rd July 2014     Opening ceremony: Friday 4th July @ 10.00 a.m.  
Ends: Monday 7th July at 05:00 a.m.

By Yared Tesfay,

FESTIVAL Eritrea is a yearly folk-fair whose season opens up around the first two weeks of August of every year. It first started in 1984, during the years of the struggle for liberation, has had enormous impact on Eritrean heritage of conserving national identity. 

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The history of the founding of festival Eritrea is a cultural and political counterpart of the “unity in diversity” policy of the Eritrean People Liberation Front, and its strategy of political and cultural representation.

Eritrean National Festival’s history goes back to the hard times, during which Eritreans had been denied their independence. The Eritrean people were in quest for freedom from subsequent colonial rules, and the festival had played a fundamental role in the bringing nationals from different corners of the world to one forum.

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Therefore unity of the people and the nation means fostering, on the basis of a clear program and an understanding of the characteristics of various sectors of the society, the participation of all Eritreans whose interest lies in national libation.

Similarly, the struggle for equality demands the elimination from both the majority and minority nationalities of feeling of dominance and chauvinism as well as the apprehension and suspicion that give rise to narrow nationalism. It also calls for intense efforts to narrow the gap in the level of economic and cultural development that prevail among the nationality.

The EPLF strives to promote the unity of the Eritrean people on the basis of this understanding of Eritrean society. It strongly opposes sub national sentiments and working methods as these are antagonistic to national unity and harmful to the struggle for national liberation and reconstruction.

It has worked seriously to raise the consciousness of the people and to foster long term economic and cultural changes as these Are the most important and complementary requirements for strengthening national unity and accelerating nation-building.