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MUSON Announces 2016 Festival Programme, Calls For Funds
« on: September 02, 2016, 11:55:02 AM »
As the 20th anniversary of the Musical Society of Nigeria Festival of the Arts approaches, the Vice-Chairman of the organisation, Mr. Louis Mbanefo, has made an appeal for financial support from well-meaning Nigerians, corporate organisations and stakeholders in the culture sector.

Speaking at a briefing to announce the programme for this year?s festival in Lagos, Mbanefo, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said that MUSON was in financial straits and it needed funds urgently to enable it to carry out many of its activities.

He blamed the situation on the lack of appreciation for cultural productions among the Nigerian elite and the current downturn in the economy.


 
He said, ?When MUSON came into existence, there was a large expatriate community in the country that understood the need for the society. In those days, whenever we made calls for financial assistance, these expatriates were willing to respond positively until most of them left.

?It was after they left that we started having this problem. The reason is that many Nigerian chief executives do not value or appreciate cultural productions as much as the expatriates and, so, they find it difficult to respond whenever we reach out to them.

?The present economic situation in the country is also making it difficult for us to source funds.?

Asked why MUSON had not deemed it necessary to approach government for sponsorship of its programmes, Mbanefo said it was a deliberate management decision to keep government out of its affairs.

He said, ?We kept out the government from participating in the sponsorship of our programmes because we didn?t want it to dictate to us on how to run the centre.?

Also, while formally announcing the programme for the forthcoming festival, scheduled to hold between October 14 and 30, the chairman of the planning committee, Mr. Kitoyi Ibare-Akinsan, said that funding and retaining sponsors for the events had been the greatest challenge that the centre faced over the past years.

?The challenge has grown in recent years, leading to a reduction of the scope of the festival over time. However, we have been resolute in our resolve that the festival must go on and it must continue to meet the highest standard of artistic excellence,? he said.

Ibare-Akinsan noted that the committee had decided to invite outstanding stakeholders in the visual and performing arts to partner with MUSON by contributing their events to the festival programme.

A glance at the programme of activities revealed that the committee had decided to bring back the poetry segment of the annual festival, which had been an integral part of the event from the onset, following appeals from members of the public.

Ibare-Akinsan also announced plans to revive the international contributions to the festival in fulfilment of MUSON?s primary objectives of promoting interaction between Nigerian and non-Nigerian musicians.

Others in attendance at the briefing are the General Manager of the MUSON Centre, Mr. Gboyega Banjo, Mrs. Francesca Emmanuel, Chief Adeniyi Williams, Mr. Ben Tomoloju, Mr. Ayo Ajayi and Mr. Efe Azinno.

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