The Senior Special Assistant Governor’s office Events Production and Tourism, Mr Thomas Ikpeme, has responded to stories making the round in media about international artiste, Rick Ross peforming live at the Calabar Christmas Festival/ Carnival Calabar as not confirmed.

Mr. Ikpeme stated that, “Yes, discussions were on going but not finalized and that the 2017 Christmas Festival/ Carnival Calabar events schedule would be released shortly by the Christmas Festival/ Carnival Calabar Committee.

He disclosed that the committee has had several sleepless nights planning the 32 day festival to ensure that this year’s outing is bigger better and bolder.

He also disclosed that there will be a ‘The Power Week’ slated to run from December 22 to 31, 2017.

“We would have visiting bands competing with the Calabar Carnival band and on the 30th, we would have the street party and gymnast. We have a cultural event on the 26th and the largest festival on the 28th. We would also have what is called the bikers’ parade. The shift in date is to allow those who would not have come in yet to come in,” he said.

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