The Fourth Nigerian National Festival of Arts and Culture opened in the North-Central province capital of Kaduna on Saturday (14 December).
The Fourth Nigerian National Festival of Arts and Culture opened in the North-Central province capital of Kaduna on Saturday (14 December). Thousands of artistes from throughout the country have converged on Kaduna to display the country's traditional dances, music and drama in the week-long festival.
The festival was officially opened by guest-of-honour Rear Admiral Nelson Soroh in the presence of colourfully-attired dancers and singers.
The "Cultural Jamboree" has two specific purposes: it illustrates the cultural links uniting the many tribal and regional communities in Nigeria, and it provides national selectors with an opportunity to choose the national team for the forthcoming World Black Arts and Cultural Festival Scheduled to take place in Nigeria next year.
The 15,000 participants at the Kaduna festival have been chosen through state Festivals of Dance throughout the year. Each one is hoping to represent Nigeria at the World Festival, which it is estimated will cost more than 13 million Nigerian dollars (9.5 million pounds sterling) to stage.