Lagos State government has released the 2019 calendar of events for Arts, Culture and Entertainment.
The calendar which is on the State website and in print form contains more than 80 events that are either state sponsored or simply endorsed and supported by the Lagos State government.
In a press statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, the Calendar is designed to frontload major State-sponsored and privately-driven Arts, Culture and Entertainment events that will have positive impact on tourism and creative economy.
The calendar also consists of different festivals which include, Eebi Epe; Kayokayo; Agboremireke; Egungun; Ikorodu Oga and Zangbeto festivals.
First quarter programmes
On the calendar, the state intends to celebrate both the World Theatre Day on March 27th and World Dance Day in April while also listing the iRep Documentary Festival and the Eko Film Festival among its first quarter programmes.
According to Adelaja, This idea of creating a calendar of events for state-sponsored and State-endorsed programmes commenced in 2018 to make event planning, tour bookings and business decisions easier for tour operators and the general public.
She stressed that last year’s calendar assisted the State in projecting many of its events with inherent benefits that made the state attractive to domestic tourists; business travellers and stop-over visitors.
The State has enjoyed a considerable increase in the consumption of its tourism products, by improving access to tourism information and creating an events guide for the media and tour bloggers.
Although not exhaustive, the calendar, Adelaja explained, will be updated periodically online in order to accommodate more events whenever organisers bring such to the attention of government.
Other major events
Other major events listed in the calendar include Gidi Culture Festival, Lagos Water Regatta, Fanti Carnival and the Arise Fashion Show slated for Easter.
Also listed are the International Jazz Day celebrations on April 30; the Lagos Comedy Festival on May 5 and the Lagos Film Fest scheduled to be hosted at the Eko Theatres in Epe, Badagry, Opebi and Igando.
The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is listed to return to Lagos in June while the Lagos Festival of Plays and the Lagos Poetry Festival highlight the third quarter of the year.
Others are the Lagos Fishing Festival (Oshoroko) in Ibeju-Lekki and
West Africa’s leading tourism market fair, the Akwaaba Travel Market which will hold at Eko Convention Centre in September.
Most intense period
October to December will be the most intense period on the calendar with MUSON Festival; Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF); Felabration; Lagos Books and Arts Festival (LABAF) as well as the One Lagos Fiesta.
Source: Voice of Nigeria