COVID-19 forces CIG to post festival

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has compelled postponement of the first edition of the Creative Industry Group (CIG) Festival scheduled for March in Lagos.

The President of the CIG, Amb. Felix Duke, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said that the postponement was in compliance with government orders to curb COVID-19 spread.

“We actually planned to kick-off our first quarter programme in March with CIG Festival but COVID-19 has remained a national challenge.

“Thank God that our government is doing its best in fighting against it,’’ he told NAN.
He announced that the festival had been rescheduled for August.
“‘Government says we should avoid crowded spaces.

“You and I know very well that it will be difficult to bring such to bear when artistes are performing,” he said.

He said that the festival was conceived to celebrate ideas, innovations and originality.
He added that it encompassed intellectuality (symposia), education (sessions), exposition (exhibition, films, fashion), funfair (concerts, parties and road shows) and rewarding creativity (awards).
According to him, the initiative is intended to bring together all creative individuals in the world of arts, entertainment, science and others.

“The idea is to create a platform to celebrate creativity of artistes, making the festival a tourism destination hub, while eulogising, through funfair, culture and tourism potential.

“It is innovation and dynamism of using a festival as a tool for community development and integrating pride in the industry while making it a world class event for local and foreign participation.

“It is to create an atmosphere for oneness on a platform that celebrates excellence, showcases the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria, and exhibits our tourism centres.

“It is a landmark event for the world to appreciate,” Duke said.

He said that the platform would equally attract investors into the creative industry.
The CIG president encouraged the youth to be steadfast, work hard and bring skills to bear toward national development.

He said that creativity would always attract recognition and rewards. (NAN)

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