By Sandra Atsua
Benue State will join 35 other states to participate in the 32nd edition of the National Arts and Culture Festival in Benin city, Edo State.
The Festival will last from 19th to 26th October, 2019.
It will be an opportunity for the State to showcase its rich arts and culture treasures to boost economic frontiers and corporate image.
The festival, called NAFEST, which is celebrated annually brings together over two million participants from all over the country and beyond.
These include foreign representatives, government agencies, several groups as well as tertiary institutions.
NAFEST demonstrates the importance of culture to national development, integration, identity and sovereignty.
The theme for the 2019 edition is ‘Our culture; our Royalty’.
The Theme highlights the significance of the alluring and ebullient royal traditions in Nigerian as part of the national history and legacy.
The week-long festival will feature several events including children’s poetry recitation, drama competition, traditional board games, children’s drawing as well as painting.
Others are essay writing, traditional cuisines, traditional wrestling, and quiz competitions.
These will be a colourful opening ceremony, showcasing sights and sounds of various states which will be followed by round table discussion and later, closing ceremony and awards presentation.
The festival provides Benue State a platform to present diverse artistic and cultural endowments.
This explains why the State’s Council for Arts and Culture has intensified rehearsals for several events especially in the last one week.