TVC N. Mr Adedayo Liadi, The National President, Dance Guild of Nigeria (GOND), Mr Adedayo Liadi; says the association will use its forthcoming Nigerian Dance Festival to unite dancers across all genres of dances in Nigeria.
Liadi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that the objective of the fiesta was to revive Nigerian heritage in dance, educate, entertain and create awareness.
He said that GOND was partnering with “Dance and Arts Alive’’ in staging the event that would hold from June 7 to June 24 but revealed that the unveiling and opening ceremony of the festival is fixed for the World Dance Day, April 29, at the National Theatre, Lagos. He also added that the event will be organised in Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos at dates yet-to-be determined, Liadi told NAN.
“The first two weeks of the festival will be celebrated in Port Harcourt and Abuja respectively, and the last week will be in Lagos” he said.
“Our aims and objectives are to revive and showcase our rich cultural dance heritage from diverse ethnic groups, boost tourism through our exchange programmes with international dance institutes.
“We want to promote the role of dance artistes in nation building and national development, promote dance education and innovative dance competitions, and create a platform for government to reach dance artistes,’’ he quipped.
He called on Nigerians to ensure full participation in the festival to move the country forward and boost its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).