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We’ll Engage Public-Private Partnership To Enhance Theatre – LASG



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Lagos State Ministry of Art and Culture has said that it would improve on promoting theatre activities by engaging in public-private partnership, PPP, and collaboration across the State.

This was disclosed at the commemoration of World Theatre Day, by the Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Idris Aregbe who reiterated the government’s commitments to intensify efforts to promote culture and involve more stakeholders.

Idris explained that the government is supporting initiatives to showcase Nigerian and African culture through various events and activities.

According to him, the State is poised to take advantage of the vantage position and would continue to do the best. Adding that the day cannot be celebrated without reflecting on the heritage culture.

His words: “The State government supports every initiative in the tourism and entertainment industry and that has been our guide.

“We need to intensify and increase conversation and continue to loud it to the world because Lagos has a lot to contribute when it comes to theatre and tourism.

“We are intensifying more efforts, expanding the scope and making sure that more people are also involved. We are engaging more stakeholders in order to promote the theatre industry because we have a governor who believes in it.

“There are plans to take it to the next level in the area of school competitions and also inculcate it in the school curriculum so that students in secondary school as well as the higher institutions can be part of promoting theatre and African culture.

“It is not just about Yoruba culture, it is about Nigeria. It is about our identity as Africans and what we believe. We are determined to increase the conversation as we continue this journey.

“There are so many theatre groups including the Lagos City Council for Art and Culture, the DLMT, the Kings and Coins, the Footprints among others. This is a testimony that we can have activities to entertain our audience for more 12 hours.

“Lagosians should expect more entertainment programs every month and collaborations with public-private partnerships to further promote tourism and culture in Lagos”, he assured.

One of the veteran artistes, Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett called on government as well as politicians to patronise and support the arts.

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