The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Runsewe has arrived Calabar for the flag-off the 2017 first Carnival Calabar dry run scheduled to take place tomorrow, Sunday, 22nd of October 2017.

Also, the Director-General, Nigeria Tourism Development Council, NTDC, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker will be gracing this year’s dry run alongside the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information, Deacon, Grace Gekpe, Deputy Director, Mrs. Ugochi Nwosu, Cultural Officer, Mrs. Jane Nez, Cultural Director, Mr. Christian G., Tourism Consultant, Mr. Ikechi Uko, Former Mrs Tourism, Mrs Ebele Enemchukwu.

While in Calabar, the team will embark on a guided historic tour of Calabar, visit to the Africa slave museum in marina resort, inspect the Carnival Calabar 12km route, visit to the 5 carnival bands mas camp and attend the private screening of Regina Idu’s Movie on migration “Lost Café”.

The Minister for Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed will be opening the dry run side by side with His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State.

This is part of the state’s drive for domestic and responsible tourism for sustainability.

The new additions for this year’s event are the beach carnival, wonder on wheels convertible and vintage cars, black music festival, Formular K, repeat of Nickelodeon kids Festival at Tinapa, the Governor’s Fete, Miss Africa and the Buy Naija participation through the introduction of the Market Square Carnival and the Lighting of the Carnival torch at a ceremony tagged carnival jam carnival in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry in line with executive order 3 of the Federal Government to promote made in Nigeria goods and services.

This is a sure boost for the famous 32 days festival village that has existed for about 17 years since the inception of carnival Calabar and Festival in the wake of the millennium year.

The Governor has since increased funding for each of 5 participating bands from 50 to a 100 million naira each.

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