National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Abuja

Programmes

NCAC PROGRAMMES

The NCAC programmes are aimed at promoting cultural assets for national pride, integration, unity and peace.

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The National Festival of Arts & Culture (NAFEST)

NAFEST is the major flagship program of the NCAC and as of today remains one of the major cultural festivals that serve as great platforms for mobilizing Stakeholders in the Arts and Culture Industry at which they interact, showcase talents and project the values of our heritage as well as develop the spirit of national identity and peaceful co-existence.

NCAC is rebranding and reimaginging NAFEST to be more relevant and to become the biggest cultural event in Nigeria, it will be partnered with FGN, State Govts, the global community and stakeholders in the private sector to deliver a brand new Nafest 2024.

Towards meeting the challenges of our time, the Council is positioned more than ever before to deploy its diverse and rich arts and culture resources to be a spring board and an instrument for promoting national unity, national integration and an avenue for economic empowerment. The Cultural fiesta which attracts contingents from all over Nigeria does not only serve as a platform for the exhibition of Nigeria s Arts and Culture but also provides a unifying link for the diverse ethnic groups in the country as evidenced in the transactions, friendliness and atmosphere of warmth which is always at play during the one-week event.

The National Festival of Arts and Culture is the major flagship program of the NCAC and as of today remains one of the major cultural festivals that serve as great platforms for mobilizing Stakeholders in the Arts and Culture Industry at which they interact, showcase talents and project the values of our heritage as well as develop the spirit of national identity and peaceful co-existence.

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Indigenous Games & Indegenous Cuisine

The NCAC has over the years been in the fore front of promoting Nigerian Indigenous Games such as Traditional Wrestling, Dambe, Traditional Boxing Catapulting, Abula, Langa, Ayo, Archery, Charapke etc. This is with a view to developing and standardizing our various Indigenous Games to make them gain international acceptance as well as becoming a major revenue earner. NCAC is engaging with game development studios to bring our indigenous games to the digital and mobile world.

These Indigenous games are regular features of NAFEST Competitive and Non- Competitive events while special championship contests have also been organized in the past for some of them. NCAC is partnering with major local promoters to redefine these games and seeks to turn them into products. 

Indigenous Cuisines Development

This is a value-added initiative to the Nigerian Cuisines Project of the Council which essentially aims at promoting Nigerian culinary heritage within and outside Nigerian shores. The in-house arrangement is looking at alternatives to packaging and marketing Nigerian food culture beyond its geographical confinement. Nigerian Cuisine is exploding globally and NCAC will leverage this with tv progamming, food festivals, Culinary competitions and partnering and supporting brands, restaurants, and platforms that sell and promote our local delcacies and cuisines.

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  The International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo

In our renewed efforts to position our programmes and activities towards keying into the Agenda of the present administration, we have re-strategized the planning and featuring of the Annual African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo to become more comparable to if not better than similar Arts and Crafts Expos in other parts of Africa and beyond. It was initiated in the year 2008, with the renewed approach and strategy of re- engineering the Expo which is critical towards dovetailing our culture industries to contribute meaningfully to our national economy;

the 6th edition witnessed great improvement in the areas of national and international participation with fifteen (15) countries and over two hundred (200) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in attendance. INAC has held 23 editions to date and remains one of the flagship programs of the NCAC.

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Bi-Annual Meeting of the Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation (CEC)

So far, the National Council for Arts and Culture has successfully organized forty (40) editions of the meeting of the Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation with all the 36 States and the FCT as members. The Council s achievements from these meetings include the articulation of a common position towards deploying our diverse and rich cultural resources aimed at combating the vices such as youth restiveness, insecurity, unemployment etc.

These efforts are being manifested through our National and State engagements in the areas of Drama, Music, Dance, Arts and Crafts Exhibition and Children s  programmes. This platform remains robust and is a place where key planning for programs and policy is led from and it remains a key platform for the NCAC.

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Digital Transformations

Digitalization of cultural and creative assets.
Digital upskilling of leaders and practitioners in the sector.
Launch of a digital platform that calendarizes all Nigerian festivals (traditional and contemporary), cultural assets, monuments, assets and stories and puts them into a space where all are discoverable online with related travel, hospitality and security information. NACA Digital Platforms to digitize Nigerian cultural assets, stories, heritage, fashion, culture, heritage and more.
Digital archiving, enabling blockchain to ensure title for owners and most importantly developing a policy around digital sovereignty.

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NCAC Annual Honours Lecture & Award Series

The programme will be reimagined and redesigned and relaunched as a national awards platform to engage the entire nation as well as global Nigerians and will hold Oct 1, 2024 and every independence day going forward.
The programme is designed to honour eminent Nigerians who have excelled in their various callings as well as those who have contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria s Arts and Culture.

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