Buzz as LIMCAF 2017 set for kick off

Sunday Trust - - ARTS & IDEAS - By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

The an­nual Life in My City Art (LIMCAF) fes­ti­val will have for­mer Cross River State Gov­er­nor, Don­ald Duke will as chair of the gala award nights, Enugu, Oc­to­ber 28.

This news was an­nounced bro­ken by the di­rec­tor of the fes­ti­val, Mr Kevin Ejio­for, in a state­ment

He said the for­mer gov­er­nor was asked to chair the fes­ti­val on ac­count of be­ing a well-known cul­ture en­thu­sias and pro­moter who gave Nige­ria its first truly in­ter­na­tional cul­ture fes­ti­val, the an­nual Cal­abar Fes­ti­val.

Ac­cord­ing to Ejio­for, Duke will chair the cli­max event of a Fes­ti­val week which will fea­ture art ex­hi­bi­tions by dif­fer­ent groups in var­i­ous cen­tres in Enugu, a photo work­shop for as­pir­ing art pho­tog­ra­phers from around the coun­try, a mul­ti­me­dia work­shop by CLAM, the ac­claimed France­based in­ter­na­tional dig­i­tal mag­a­zine of pop art and cul­ture, which will be led by CLAM founder and film maker Andy Oko­roafor.

Other off events in­clude a night of live mu­sic by the Mu­sic So­ci­ety of Enugu and the Enugu-based Sound House.

The fes­ti­val, which is in its 11th year, has been lauded by renowned artist, Pro­fes­sor Jerry Buhari, say­ing, “At first glance, LIMCAF would ap­pear like a re­gional art fes­ti­val, how­ever its struc­tural pro­file re­veals a na­tional di­men­sion. It draws art works from the length and breadth of the en­tire coun­try: Abuja, Auchi, Enugu, Ibadan, Kaduna, Lafia, La­gos, Ow­erri Port Har­court and Uyo. This cov­ers the six geo-po­lit­i­cal zones of Nige­ria. The cities are cap­i­tal cities that rep­re­sent per­haps the great­est and most vi­brant cul­tural cen­tres rep­re­sent­ing the di­ver­sity of peo­ples of Nige­ria. LIMCAF sym­bol­ises a quiet cul­tural re­vival that would one day give birth to a mega art fes­ti­val like Dak’Art or Doc­u­menta!”

In the mean­time en­tries for the 2017 Fes­ti­val, which for the first time were on­line, have since closed with a to­tal of nearly 200 works by young artists from across the coun­try com­pet­ing for the first prize of N500,000, three cat­e­gory prizes of N250,000 each and ten other en­dowed prizes rang­ing from N50,000 to N200,000.

This sets the stage for the com­pe­ti­tion and se­lec­tion at the level of LIMCAF’s zones in La­gos, Ibadan, Abuja, Auchi, Uyo and Enugu. From these zones, 100 fi­nal­ists will be se­lected to fea­ture in the Grand Fi­nale Ex­hi­bi­tion and Award Night.

The Abuja Zone Ex­hi­bi­tion opens on Tues­day the 19th of Septem­ber at the Thought Pyra­mid Art Cen­tre on Li­bre­ville Street, of Aminu Kano Cres­cent, Wuse ll.

It is from these zone ex­hi­bi­tions that the 100 fi­nal­ists will be se­lected to ap­pear at the Grand Fi­nale Ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing in Enugu on Monday 23rd Oc­to­ber 2017 with the award night on the 28th, the or­granis­ers said.

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