The 2017 edition of the society for performing Arts in Nigeria festival (SPANFEST) tagged My Beat, My City (iluu mi, Ilu mi) has been scheduled to hold between November 18-23. The festival is organized with the aim of offering exceptional opportunities in dance, music, theatre and visual arts to talented Nigerian youth invariably celebrating the existence of Lagos State and its citizens.The festival also aims at creating world class performing arts festival with the vision of training performing artistes in five days of intensive music dance and drama workshop, and five days of mind blowing performance-packed event(s).
According to Vanguard report, the Founder of SPAN, Sarah Boulos said ‘African people are known to have a very rich cultural and artistic expression that has shaped the artistic world for centuries, especially in the area of dance, drama and visual arts’. She continued that ‘since the existence of SPAN in 2005, we have dedicated ourselves to impacting and enriching lives through empowering youth in skill set development opportunities that can help them build careers as well as facilitate the continuity of African art, opportunities through expression, training, inspiring, and empowerment in other to be able to unleash their creativity’.
Adding that ‘The festival will be modern day experience of the great “FESTAC 77” which will showcase performances and presentation in various forms such as Spoken Words, Dance, Music, Theatre and Dance competitions. Also, a six-day workshop will be held at SPAN Agidigba Community Centre. In line with the program, Award Night features critically acclaimed cabaret masterpiece swing and jazz, a fashion show, and orchestra performance, among others, at Muri Okunola Park and EKO Hotels and Suites’.
Furthermore, she said ‘As part of our plan to take the festival audience on a ‘‘journey of wonders’’, SPAN will bring together artistes to make ground breaking presentation, mixed up in an alchemy that will inspire audience, invigorate artists, stimulate the industry and forge productive relationships around the globe. Our 12 years journey has been recommended and recognized by several international bodies for transformation brought to the performing Arts Industry especially in the area of education and presentation’.