Friday 16 December 2016

Nigeria plans 40th anniversary celebration of Festac 77

Nigeria will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Festac 77 next year, the Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Dr Ferdinand Anikwe, has announced.

Unveiling activities for “Festac 77 at 40’’ on Friday in Lagos, Anikwe said that the year-long event would attract local and international tourists.

Nigeria hosted the First World Blacks and African Festival of Arts and Culture (Festac) at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos in 1977.

According to the CBAAC boss, “Festac 77 at 40’’ will provide a veritable platform for Nigerian artists to showcase their talents to the world, especially blacks in the Diaspora.

He added that the event, which would kick off at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, would celebrate everything that represented the Nigerian culture, both at home and the Diaspora.

He said, “Festac 77 at 40 will be a huge and mega celebration of our arts, crafts, relics, monuments and cultural practices.

“We will have a large portion of land where a good number of artists will come and do, sell and teach their crafts.

“The carvers, sculptors, tie and dye makers, bead stringers, weaver and more will be accommodated.”

Anikwe disclosed that there would be nights of memories when clips of Festac 77 would be played to bring back memories from the monumental celebration of blacks and African cultural heritage.

He said, “The nights of memories will be done at different locations in the country.

“We want to re-enact Festac 77 and encourage young artists to take up opportunities provided by Festac.

“The events promise to educate Nigerians of the happenings then and the nights of memories would do justice to that.”


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