Nigerians are rightfully proud of their rich cultural traditions. So it’s only fitting that the country should host a week-long festival celebrating the best of their arts and culture every year.
The National Festival for Arts and Culture was established in 1970, after the end of Nigeria’s civil war, to help promote national unity. The festival coordinates, preserves, promotes and presents the very best of the country’s arts and culture.
Organised annually by the National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), NAFEST has grown into a worthy celebration of Nigeria’s unity in diversity. The week-long festival is hosted in turn by different states of the nation.
During the festival, Nigeria’s cultural heritage is reflected through various competitive and non-competitive events, including music and dance, traditional wrestling, moonlight games for children and dramas.
Exhibitions and fairs for books, herbs, food, and arts and crafts are also put up.
Participants at NAFEST are traditionally drawn from the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, sister culture parastatals, other government agencies, academia, cultural NGOs and relevant stakeholders in the sector.
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, firmly believes that by harnessing the economic potential in the culture and tourism sector, the country can help to reduce unemployment, poverty, youth restlessness and societal vices.
So if you want to discover the very best of Nigeria’s creative talent, the National Festival for Arts and Culture is an event you can’t afford to miss.