Children’s Theatre Festival (CTF); Strengthening the capacity of storytellers to document, preserve and share the African stories through documentaries; Documentary of Cultural Issues; The Nigeria Durbar Project

Where
Nigeria
When
2021
Who
Playback Nigeria
African International Documentary Festival Foundation
Performing Musicians Employees Association of Nigeria
Association of Nigerian Authors
Fahimta Literary Discourse
This measure was reported by civil society.
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
The children’ Theatre festival is a yearly initiative established in 2018 with the partnership and support of international artists all over the world to host and train children globally over 12 weeks to put up diverse performance in theatre & drama, show theatre, puppetry, dance, spoken word and music as a means of cultural exchange among children of diverse cultures leading to a staged performance on May 27 in commemoration of the National Children’s day that addresses socio-cultural issues experienced by children in Nigeria and a means to tackle such issues. The program aims to provide a safe space for children with various artistic skills to express themselves, to discover and train children on how to use diverse art forms, that promotes extraordinary performance by children which defies stereotypes, embraces diversity and inclusivity as well as champions gender equality. 2) The African International Documentary Festival Foundation training is geared towards developing young talented individual in storytelling, social media, strategies, writing, narrating and documentary production in changing the African narrative positively. 50 participants were in attendance, selected from the 36 states of the federation and FCT held in Abuja. It was gender balanced. 3) Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria has over time protected and promoted the interest of musicians in Nigeria and in the West Africa Nations. PMAN is the only body recognised and authorized by government under the trade union act in Nigeria to regulate the use of music and welfare of its members, both home and abroad. Workshops and training of artists and creating more available programs for female musicians in the sector. Effectiveness of collective management, introducing of data monitoring and reporting ecosystem that will enhance the life of the youthful generations. 4) Association of Nigerian Authors has through the years brought members together in workshops, seminars, conference, environments to disseminate and document various aspect of every day lives.ANA has impacted their audience with these experiences through publication of their individual writings. 5) Fahimta Literary Agency initiative was to bring Durbar as an intangible cultural heritage geared towards a UNESCO tourism site. Hence a Durbar photo book was conceived to cover close to 12 Emirates. This book was facilitated by the Fahimta Literary Discourse and published by Heritage Arts and authored by Adeniyi Olagunju. This book was launched at the UNESCO H.Q France.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
• Through this initiative, 5000 children from different background and culture have participated actively and benefited from this yearly festival over 4 years to foster cultural exchange through drama, music, dance and other theatrical means. • Provided a platform for children to express themselves on electronic media (TV) • The festival has gained an international status with over 30 facilitators all over the world training children in preparation for the festival. • AFIDFF were able to empower 50 individuals from the 36 states of the federation and FCT in media writing, editing, narrating and documentary production. Documentaries produced by the participants were shared across the globe through different media platforms on Africa’s rich cultural heritage and history. • An E-commerce platform was created for the promotion of Africa’s cultural products such as pottery, Ivory, calabash making, basketary etc. Creation of information and cultural Hub and have attracted over 2 million views on the platform. • Compliance, whereby the Collective Management started working closely with the organization to implement all collectables. • ANA has helped create better integration and understanding of our differences as people and better tolerance of each other shortcomings and strengths. • Fahimta Literary Agency has achieved the continuity of Durbar as an international festivity. A coffee photo book that showcase the beauty of different colourful emirates exporting cultural values to the world.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Transversal Priority(ies)
Youth
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