Plateau to host 2020 National Arts and Culture Festival

Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe adorned in the rich traditional regalia symbolic of Benin royalty

Plateau State has been announced as the host of the 33rd edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in 2020.

This was announced by Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in Benin, at the end of the 32nd edition of the festival, tagged ‘Edo 2019’.

This year’s edition of the festival climaxed with musical, comedy and choral performances by both local and international performers.

30 states participated in the week long festival, which held in four centers across Benin, the capital city of Edo.

The host governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, represented by his deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, was among the dignitaries who graced the closing ceremony of the 40-year-old cultural fiesta.

With this edition producing the most number of participating states in the history of NAFEST, Mr Osemwengie Ero, the state Commissioner for Art, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, described the feat as historic.

While commending the success of the event, Ero said, “this will definitely not be the last time Edo will be hosting the festival.”