Dance Festival debuts, to sensitise citizens on malaria prevention
All is set for the maiden edition of the Nigerian Dance Festival slated for Lagos, PortHarcourt and Abuja in June this year. The festival, which is the brainchild of Dance and Art Alive in collaboration with Dance Guild of Nigeria (GONG) would be unveiled on World Dance day, today at the National Theatre, Lagos.
The guidelines of the festival aimed at reviving the Nigerian heritage in dance, education, entertainment, create awareness of pressing issues in the country and unite dancers across all genres of dance existing in Nigeria was disclosed yesterday at the National Troup of Nigeria (NTN) camp yesterday by the organisers .
According to the Managing Director Dance and Art Alive, Buddy Agedah, the high impact project will educate and empower over 10,000 Nigerian youths as well as promote tourism, awareness of the opportunities in dance as a career and adequate source of income.
“Our objectives are to revive and showcase our rich cultural dance heritage from diverse ethnic groups, boost tourism through our exchange programs with international dance institutes, positively engage youths with the performing art and job creation, create a platform for government to reach dance artistes, promote health and wellness through dance related activities, create awareness on malaria and other disease, award veteran and outstanding personalities in dance and developing a pension scheme for dancers.
On his part, the National president, Dance Guide of Nigeria (GONG) Adedayo Liadi, while commenting on the theme for the maiden edition of the festival, One nation united in dance against malaria, said “The Nigeria Festival has chosen malaria as the health theme it will educate the public about during the festival activities using dance, comedy, music and drama.
“Malaria constitutes a huge epidemiological burden in Africa and Nigeria accounts for up to 25 per cent of malaria morbidity in the continent, the highest in the whole world”.
We need support for the distribution of Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDT) kits, distribution of insecticide treated net and free drugs. We intend to state