National Drama Festival 2016 is set of take the stage in October and once again Digicel is throwing its support behind the performing arts.The Drama Festival is expected to engage over 1000 persons including school children, young people and adults from across the length and breadth of Guyana.Digicel is once again pleased to be associated with the drama festival.Administrator (ag) National School of Theatre Arts and Drama, Margaret Lawrence; Director of Culture (ag) Tamika Boatswain; Digicel’s Sponsorship Executive Louanna Abrams; Drama Coordinator Unit of Allied Arts, Loraine Barker King and Lavon George“It gives us the opportunity to invest and maintain our mandate to foster youth and cultural development. We are once again pleased to be associated with and look forward to since drama can be a positive way in which youths can express themselves while at the same time develop their passions,” Digicel’s Sponsorship Manager, Louanna Abrams stated.Acting Director of Culture Tamika Boatswain representing the Education Ministry, through the Department of Culture, expressed her sincere thanks to the cellphone company for their sponsorship initiative to help the Ministry promote the arts especially in the interior regions of Guyana seeing this as a development and a part of Guyana’s culture.Boatswain expressed that investments like these are significant and hopes for continued support in the future with prospects of taking the National Drama Festival to the international stage. This year’s Drama Festival has seen a great response so far with more than 49 expressions of interest spreading from Regions One, Two, Nine and 10.The National School of Theater Arts and Drama is hoping to get as many regions included in the Drama Festival this year. In the coming weeks there will be outreaches in St Cuthbert’s Mission and New Amsterdam to create a heightened awareness of the festival this year.The entries for participation in the Drama Festival will close on October 21. The preliminaries will be held between October 30 and November 12.The school finals will be held from November 14 to 18 at the Theatre Guild while the adult finals will be from November 19 to 27 at the National Cultural Centre.