Lagos Catholic Archdiocese unveils LACDRAFEST 2021
The Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, in collaboration with the Catholic Artistes and Entertainers Association of Nigeria (CAEAN) has begun the Lagos Archdiocesan Cultural and Drama Festival (LACDRAFEST) 2021.
Speaking at the unveiling, the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, said the festival was conceived in 2010 as a means of promoting drama and culture as tools for evangelism among youths and CAEAN members from various parishes in the archdiocese.
According to him, this edition, the third in the series, will start in the first week of May 2021 with regional competition, while the grand finale will be held at the Archdiocesan level in July 2021.
He said the event with the theme ‘With a Father’s Heart’, will showcase performances by representatives from various parishes competing in four categories namely cultural dance, drama, contemporary singing, and comedy.
Communication Manager, The Catholic Herald, Tony Kelechi Agbugba, said since its inception, the festival has lived up to its billings in discovering highly talented artists and entertainers, some of whom have become household names in Nollywood.
He said that over 50 parishes have participated actively in the festival.
Agbugba stressed that through the festival, they hope many more talented youths make inroads into the mainstream entertainment industry where they would serve as role models for others youths and true ambassadors of Christ.
He noted that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regional event will be held online with participants expected to upload six minutes videos of their entries on an app LCN and a dedicated YouTube channel. “Parishes with the largest number of likes would emerge regional winners and in turn perform live at the grand finale in July 2021 with great prizes to be won.”