By Libya Herald reporter.
30 November 2014:
The southwestern oasis town of Murzuk has decided to postpone this year’s annual cultural festival due . . .[restrict]to the problems Libya currently faces, however the cultural authorities of Sebha are planning to hold its cultural festival as usual despite continued tensions in the town.
“This year we have postponed our local music and culture festival because of the general situation and conflict in the country, which doesn’t allow for such an event to take place,” the head of the Murzuk Department of Culture and Civil Society Organisations, Mohamed Ahmed Al-Sakaat, told the Libya Herald.
He added that there were also funding problems with regard to this year’s festival, which is normally financially supported by the government.
Murzuk, a largely Tebu town, has also seen a significant influx of Tebus as a result of the recent clashes in Obari.
For their part, Sebha’s cultural authorities are working hard to ensure that its cultural festival will still go ahead.
“The Sebha cultural festival, which will feature music, art and cultural exhibitions, is being planned for the end of December,” said the head of the Sebha Department of Culture and Civil Society Organisations, Ibrahim Bashir. “We don’t have a definite date yet, but we are working on it.”
A peace deal is still holding in the town after bloody clashes between the Awlad Sulaiman and Qaddadfa tribes ended in September. [/restrict]