Monday, December 16, 2013

Rivers Agog for festival

The Director-General, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA), Dr. Sam Dede, has assured Nigerians and international tourists of their safety as the Port Harcourt Carnival (CARNIRIV 2013) began yesterday with the Kids’ Carnival.
Dr. Dede assured participants all over the world of the readiness of the government and people of Rivers State to host them to another glamorous cultural and tourism fiesta in Port Harcourt.
He said everything was ready from the preparation of the venues for all the lined-up events to the confirmation of international guest artistes and their Nigerian counterparts. Besides, he said all the logistics such as the construction of booths and stages for specific events across locations as well as musical equipment and sound gadgets were also in place.
Dede added that other critical success factors like traffic management, emergency and ambulance service, security and uninterrupted electricity at designated event venues had been taken care of, as part of plans to ensure a hitch-free CARNIRIV this year.

‘‘We began to prepare well ahead of this year’s Green World Edition of CARNIRIV because of the importance the Rivers State and indeed Rivers people attach to the carnival. As the days were counting down, we ensured that every person and groups that we had assigned certain responsibilities did what was expected so that we can all make CARNIRIV 2013 a long-lasting experience for the participants. I am glad to inform attendees that this year’s CARNIRIV will kick-start on Sunday, December 15’’, Dede declared.

Preparations for the Port Harcourt Carnival (CARNIRIV 2013) have gone upbeat as various groups from the 23 local government areas of the state conducted their final rehearsals during the week.

In the same manner, facelift and environmental enhancement of venues that have been designated to host specific events have been carried out to create nice ambience for the participants. For instance, the Liberation Stadium, which also doubles as the ‘Carnival Village’ and host centre of most of the events, has undergone tremendous transformation in preparation for the carnival.
Among the events that will take place at the stadium are Kids’ Carnival, CARNIRIV official opening ceremonies, Dance of Fireflies (DOFF), Cultural Arts Exhibition, Egelege: Champions of the Sand Arena, Ekere: Rhythm of the Tribes, HOSH Jam: Port Harcourt Exclusive, Black Africa Music Festival (BAMFest), Reggae 360 and the World Peace Concert/closing ceremonies.