EDOFEST: Commissioner Announces Celebration Timetable

The 2014 edition of the Edo Festival of Arts, Culture and Tourism (EDOFEST) is scheduled to start on Saturday, 13th December, 2014 and end on Saturday 20th December, 2014.
Speaking on how prepared the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism is for the week long programme, the Commissioner, Hon. Anena Jemitola said it will begin with a bonfire/Variety night at Oba Akenzua II Cultural Center.
She added that the personality of the year will be revealed and will light the bonfire.
Jemitola said Sunday 14th December will feature Food Fair/ Arts and Culture exhibition, including drama presentation and highlife musical night.
The commissioner revealed that some Companies have indicated interest to take part in the food exhibition, adding that Local Governments will also have the opportunity to showcase their varieties of food at the food festival.
She also disclosed plans for a Heritage Street Parade on Friday, 19th December 2014 which will take off from Oba Ovonramwen Square, Ring Road Benin City.
Jemitola said that Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are partnering Edo State and will be showcasing their Culture during the festival, saying that the carnival started with Trinidad and Tobago, 150 years ago.
On the benefits of the festival, the Commissioner said that promotion of people’s culture helps in tourism promotion.
According to her,” we are the biggest promoters of tourism which is the biggest earners for any country after oil. To do this, we must have a game plan, which is our ultimate plan” she said.
“Our Culture is being eroded these days by the importation of foreign culture. If we don’t put a stop to it now, the nest generation will not speak our language nor dress in our costumes. And will not know any thing about our culture”
She therefore said that the aims and objectives of EDOFEST includes; promoting the revival, resurgence, reinvigoration and propagation od Edo cultural relics and heritage; presenting Edo culture and heritage in its highest and widest conception and form.. Promoting Edo artistes, performers and writers. And facilitate the widest acceptance and access to world arts facts, and providing a platform for periodic relics to roots