25 countries for Nigeria arts and crafts exhibition – the Sun Nigeria
The National Arts and Culture Council (NCAC) said it expects at least 25 countries and 150 exhibitors at the 10th African Arts and Crafts Expo (AFAC) scheduled in Abuja.
NCAC chief executive Otunba Segun Runsewe made this known in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
Runsewe said attendees from these countries and exhibitors are expected to showcase their unique cultural identities at the exhibition to be held from August 27 to September 17.
He expressed his commitment to justifying his appointment using culture as the only tool to change Nigerian narratives.
âThis time we want to avoid having an expo without media content, so we need overwhelming publicity for the event.
âThe exhibition will be a marketplace to showcase arts and crafts products such as fabrics, leather and souvenirs from Nigeria and other African countries.
âThe exhibition is also appropriate as Nigeria is to record remarkable achievements in developing the cultural industry to enviable heights through festivals like NWAC,â he said.
Runsewe said that the exhibition, whose theme was “Nigerian Crafts: The Untapped Treasure” focuses on the exploitation and development of arts and crafts and other creative industries in the country.
âThis will be a unique opportunity for artists, craft dealers, manufacturers and other stakeholders to buy and sell their brands.
According to him, the exhibition will play a key role in job creation and economic empowerment.
The NCAC is a body of the federal government responsible for the coordination, development and promotion of the country’s arts and culture in national and international forums.
The council directs its programs and projects towards a positive change in the perception of culture and cultural activities as serious business opportunities.
It presents arts and culture as a tool for promoting peace, social integration and national identity. (NAA)