The first meeting of the International Committee for the 1974 Second World Black Festival of Arts and Culture, took place on Tuesday (3 October) in Lagos, at the Institute of International Affairs.
GV Exterior of Institute of International Affairs (2 shots)
CU Sign "Craft Centre"
CU & SV Art objects (sculptures) in garden (5 shots)
CV Interior of conference room
SCU Delegates from Liberia, UK and Ireland, Zambia, Brazil, Guyana, Kenya, France, Frelimo, USA and Ethiopia (5 shots)
CU Chief Enahoro speaks (SOUND)
Chief Enahoro: This inaugural meeting is an historic occasion of great significance to our ethnological development. And I am delighted, therefore, that it has been possible for so many vice-presidents and other members of delegations to be present to participate in taking decisions which will have a vital bearing on the future of our cultural heritage.
INSTITUTE; SCULPTURES; CONFERENCE ROOM; DELEGATES; CHIEF ENAHORO SPEAKING.
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Background: The first meeting of the International Committee for the 1974 Second World Black Festival of Arts and Culture, took place on Tuesday (3 October) in Lagos, at the Institute of International Affairs.
The five-day conference, which was attended by representatives from thirty world zones, will work out details of the forthcoming festival to be held in Lagos.
In his address to the inaugural meeting, General Yakubu Gowon, the Nigerian Head of State, emphasised that the importance and significance of the arts festival should not only he seen as a platform for reunion and rediscovery, but also in terms of its potential impact on a "culturally starved world".
General Gowon and President Leopold Senghor of Senegal are patrons of the festival.
Festival President Chief Anthony Enahoro, Federal Commissioner for Information and Labour, is presiding over the conference. He addressed the meeting. saying:
SYNOPSIS: The Institute of International Affairs in Lagos - the site for the conference of the International Committee of the Second World Black Festival of Arts and Culture
The festival, which will be held in nineteen-seventy-four, will be carefully prepared by the International Committee, to include as many Black artists as possible - to the point that it will constitute the first comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Black art.
The conference was officially opened on Tuesday, and lasts for five days. It will adjourn from time to time, to allow members to visit the sites for the National Theatre and the Festival Village. Delegates from thirty world zones are attending the conference. On Tuesday, they heard Nigerian Head of State General Yakubu Gowon say that the importance of the festival should not only be seen as a platform for reunion and rediscovery, but also in terms of its potential impact on a "culturally starved world". Chief Anthony Enahoro, the Federal Commissioner for Information and Labour, and president of the festival, delivered the welcoming address.