The coordinator of Artists’ Village in Lagos, Mr Tope Babayemi, has advised organisers of the “Lagos @ 50’’ celebration to emphasise more on promoting arts and culture, rather than politics.
He said that culture and tradition were integral parts of every society including its dress, food and language and that adequate preparation should be made for the celebration, scheduled to begin on May 27.
“Lagos @ 50 festivals; a festival by definition is a celebration of community; everywhere should be bubbling.
“The diversity that makes community in terms of gender, in terms of religion, in terms of age.
“All of that should be represented in the celebration of community; in the celebration of the festival.
“Festivals are not political; festivals are celebration of community, so government should deal with festivals at arm’s length.
“In Nigeria, government officials are becoming promoters; in this case, a strategy for nurturing and catalysing the creative economy of Lagos State, there are attendant benefits, it’s not politics.’’
The coordinator also urged the organisers to collaborate with arts, culture and tourism stakeholders to broaden the scope of the celebration.