September 17, (THEWILL) – In a strategic move to ensure that the 2021 International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo meets its desired objectives, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) played host to the Diplomatic Community in Nigeria to a Pre-INAC dinner in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, Director General, NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe explained, the purpose of dinner outing was to celebrate Diplomatic Community in Nigeria for their unwavering support to NCAC programmes and also intimate them of Council’s preparedness to host 2021 edition of culture, arts and crafts Expo which will be held under its theme ” Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.
The Director-General revealed that INAC Expo which was initiated in 2018, is one of Council’s blue-chip Cultural tourism promotion offering aimed at recapturing, re-enacting and marketing the essence of Nigerian Crafts Industry and it’s wealth creation potentials at national and international levels.
Other strategic contents and interventions at each edition of INAC Expo, Otunba Runsewe further stated, includes practical workshops and robust exhibitions geared towards reawakening and energizing the cultural sector towards economic empowerment, information sharing, skills acquisition and overall socio-economic integration of Countries.
Runsewe who doubles as President, World Crafts Council (African Region) maintained that INAC Expo has helped to sensitize investors on need to invest in Arts and Crafts sector as a way of encouraging entrepreneurship and rural communities development which has attracted investors in line with Social Development Goals ( SDG) agenda of the present administration.
NCAC boss therefore promised Diplomatic Community that the 14th edition of INAC Expo 2021 holding from October 13th, through October 15th at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, will once again provided needed platform for different countries to showcase their indigenous Arts and Crafts through exhibitions, personal and virtual interactions while savouring the fascinating cultural goldmine in Nigeria.
The Highlight of the evening which was held at Ladi Kwali hall of Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja was a raffle draw where members of the Diplomatic Community were rewarded with various artistic gift items. There were also goodwill messages from Ambassadors of various Countries and various stakeholders in the Culture and Tourism sector.