National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Abuja

About Us



about us

Our Mandate is to Index, Preserve, Promote & Present...

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) was established by Decree No. 3 of 1975 and amended by Decree No. 5 of 1987 (now Cap N24 Law of the Federal  Government of Nigeria) organ charged, with the responsibility of coordination, development and promotion of the Living Arts and Culture of Nigeria at national and international fora.

The NCAC’s mandate is to index, preserve, promote and present the best of our Visual & Performing Arts, Crafts, Textiles, Cuisines, Festivals, Traditional Dances, Drama, Opera, Cinema, Film, Television, Music, Entertainment, Advertising, Fashion, Photography, Design, Folklore, Oral Traditions, Literature, Indigenous Games Traditional Architecture, Indigenous Innovation, Software, Animation, Esports, Gaming, Comics, Recreation, Theatre & Live Entertainment. NCAC is mandated to deploy these assets as tools for forging national unity and promoting positive identity. Nigeria’s cultural manifestations which are unique and diverse shall be at the front burner in our quest to tap into the unique resources that abound in the cultural & creative industries.


To develop and promote Nigerian Culture and translate it in such a manner to enable our cultural diversity and assets to attain their true potential as a permanent source of inspiration and connection, empowering our citizens with the immense soft power that we collectively hold. NCAC will devise programs and policies that will further enable and elevate the varied cultural and creative industries and assets of Nigeria. This will lead to Nigeria becoming a globally recognized soft power through its content, creativity and cultural expressions.


The NCAC as part of its primary mandate is to develop and drive policies to unlock the full commercial potential of the cultural and creative industries of Nigeria in order to make Nigeria a leading global soft power.

The National Council for Arts and Culture is dedicated to the development and promotion of the best of the living Arts and Cultures of Nigeria, using them as resources for National integration and Unity as well as to serve as catalyst for sustainable growth and development of the Nation.




The Functions of the Council

To coordinate National & Inter-State cultural exchange activities

To promote the development of music, traditional dancing, drama, opera, cinema, films, photography, folklore, oral tradition, literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, town planning and general arts, woodwork, embroidery, weaving and similar crafts.

To render assistance to the States in the development of their assets and opportunities in this defined space

Our Positioning

Ncac is positioning to be the one stop enabler for the Nigerian creative and cultural industries and driving the creator and creative economy.

Our Scope

Music, entertainment, recreation

Fashion, design, fabrics, textiles

Architecture, urban planning

Hair, beauty, body adornments

Drama, theatre, traditional dance, performing arts

Indigenous games, traditional sports

Cinema, films, animation, photography, advertising

Festivals, live entertainment

Literature, poetry, folklore, oral tradition, publishing

Painting, sculpture, woodwork, general arts

Software, innovation, e-sports, gaming

Embroidery, weaving, similar crafts

Culinary arts, cultural institutions, venues

Arts and Crafts Village

Central Business District, Abuja

The Arts and Crafts Village, established in 2003 at the Permanent Site of the National Council for Arts and Culture operates under the management of a designated official within the Director General’s Office. Serving as a key initiative undertaken by the Council, this specialized market is instrumental in conserving and promoting traditional arts and crafts. By providing a crucial platform for artisans to exhibit their skills, it actively contributes to the preservation of diverse cultural heritages through a myriad of artistic expressions.

Dedicated to the advancement of traditional arts and crafts, the village fosters an environment that supports artisans in honing their talents, emboldening them to delve into their creative potential.

Through its endeavours, it establishes a dynamic space that not only facilitates the exchange of cultural practices but also acts as a catalyst for cultural enrichment. The village stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of traditional craftsmanship, embodying a commitment to nurturing and celebrating the artistic traditions that define various cultural identities.

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