By Gilbert Alasa.
In support for historical diversity and to encourage cultural integration among youths, top patrons and sponsors like 7UP, SCOA Motors and Indomie have partnered with the Society for the Preforming Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) to organize this year SPANFEST. The 15 days bi-annual community festival tagged ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ starts from the 7th – 22nd of November, showcasing memorable breathtaking Music, Dance and Drama events in Lagos.
SPANFEST kicks-off with Ten days of intensive performing art workshops alongside international professors who will unveil the new voice in Nigerian artists using the mediums of dance, music and drama. This will be followed by four performance nights to reveal the diversity, rich cultural heritage of the people and a grand finale with 200 dancers, musicians and actors on one stage.
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According to the founder of SPAN, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, “I have faith that SPANfest 2015 will also rekindle in our community a desire to invest in performing art education and performances to sustain a vibrant and healthy environment in our Lagos – the city we cherish. Only then will Lagosians live and experience the full potential for which they were created and find purpose as well as a sense of significance in their city.”
Other activities lined up as part of SPANfest 2015 are the Movement in Moments, A Musical Adventure, Hear Word, Performing Arts Management and Motivational Talks, The Era (Era of Legends) and the Voice of the Voiceless – a performing art piece of music, dance and drama.
The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) has the vision to build a performing arts Centre in Nigeria where young people are educated, empowered and presented as performing artists with their God given art. Over the last decade, SPAN has acquired considerable expertise in the performing arts through the presentation of several shows, empowering more than 500 artists and over 10,000 children in its community.
By Gilbert Alasa.