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    The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (Festac) will take place in Nigeria between 15 January and 12 February next year, it was announced in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, on Tuesday (2 December).

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    GV Festival building National Arts Theatre

    SV PAN FROM Delegates out of coach TO frieze (2 shots)

    LVs Delegates inspect outside of hall (2 shots)

    LV & CU INT Delegates in auditorium (5 shots)

    CU Sign "Black Arts Festival Town"

    LV Committee arriving by coach to inspect town

    GV Completed houses

    SV & GV Committee looking at houses nearing completion (3 shots)

    Initials BB/2140 EW/MR/BB/2220

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    Background: The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (Festac) will take place in Nigeria between 15 January and 12 February next year, it was announced in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, on Tuesday (2 December).

    The decision was made public after a six-day meeting of the Festival's International Committee in the capital. During their visit, Committee members made a tour of inspection of various festival sites, including the main venue, Lagos' impressive National Arts Theatre.

    The Committee also visited the accommodation complex -- Festival Town -- just outside the capital which will house the estimated 25,000 participants, the best of black talent from approximately 90 nations.

    The festival has already been postponed twice. Nigeria's military rulers originally put back the date of the opening from last July to last November, and then cancelled again because of difficulties in providing facilities. Nigeria is financing the construction of many new buildings for the festival, including the accommodation complex, and the completed National Arts Theatre, and has called for a scaling-down of costs.

    A communique issued at the end of the International Committee's Lagos meeting said that the new date had been provisionally approved by the Nigerian leadership.

    It added, however, that Senegal--host for the first World Festival in 1966 -- had threatened to boycott the new festival unless north African countries were excluded.

    The President of the International Committee, Chief Anthony Enaharo has described the aims of the festival as "the survival, revival, resurgence and propagation of black culture and black cultural values".

    Events are scheduled to include displays by Haitian voodoo priests, Surinamese medical men, Sango worshippers from Trinidad and Tobago, aborigines from Australia, as well as complete range of traditional music, drama, dancing and other arts from the African continent itself. Exhibitions are also planned stressing "Africa and the origin of man", traditional domestic arts, visual arts, black contributions to science and technology, literature and fashion.

    SYNOPSIS: The new National Arts Theatre in the Nigerian capital, Lagos...main venue for next January's World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. The new date for the festival was announced in Lagos on Tuesday at the end of a six-day meeting and tour of inspection by the organising International Committee.

    Over twenty five hundred participants from ninety nations are expected to attend the four-week festival. The opening of the cultural jamboree's already been postponed twice...but the new date's provisionally approved by Nigeria's military rulers.

    Those taking part in the festival will be housed here, in Black Arts Festival Town. Building of the accommodation complex, just outside Lagos, is almost complete. Like the National Arts Theatre, it's being financed by the Nigerian government...which has called for a scaling-down of costs.

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