By Japhet Alakam
Nigeria’s performing arts industry holds a huge potential that can be used to effectively transform the nation’s economy and achieve greater prosperity, if properly harnessed. This was the assertion of the convener of the International Festival on Contemporary Dance (IFCOD), Mrs. Elo Inyeinengi-Etomi, while speaking on Friday about the event billed to hold in Port-Harcourt from 4th to 8th October, 2016.
According to her, activities preparatory to the festival have already showed that a lot of Nigerians can be effectively and productively engaged in the performing arts industry to play various important roles in economic development.
“Over 80 youths have been engaged and are being paid salaries as part of the forthcoming International Festival on Contemporary Dance (IFCOD). I believe this is a proof of how performing arts, if effectively properly harnessed, can be a big contributor to the nation’s economic development”, she said.
Nigeria, Etomi noted, had not paid proper attention to the overall development of the performing arts industry over the years and thereby enhance the quality of performance delivery.
IFCOD, according to her, is an event specially designed to address some of these issues by trainings in sound, light, costume design, stage make-up, filming, photography, set-building and design and academic curriculum development.
She said” “The vision of IFCOD is to inspire and advance excellence in the performing arts. This festival, being the first of its kind, is to hold in October 2016 with the theme, Inspiring a new Era in the performing Arts. Our mission is to empower arts, as a reflection of societal image, echoed our tagline, reflecting life on stage.
She also said IFCOD would draw and establish an inter-disciplinary connection with other professions to maximize economic possibilities in the performing arts.
IFCOD is put together by Mona Dance, a Rivers state based international dance school. This year’s festival is being held in partnership with the River State government and features several elements including master class, international circus acts, thrilling performances, investment forum and exhibitions.
According to her, participants would be drawn from within the African continent and other parts of the world.