The third edition of Tamerri Festival, arguably Abuja’s consistent annual festival, will likely feature musician, Adekunle Gold as its headline artiste.
Festival founders, alternative music artist and Tamerri Creative Director, CEF, and managing director, Emeka Njoku, said the festival is in talks with the artiste to feature at the event slated for November 24 and 25th at the Heritage Africa Village Square in Abuja.
Running for three consecutive years, the founders reiterated that the objective of festival beyond the promotion of young upcoming artists across the country is to promote cultural activities in the concretised city of Abuja, ‘the black man’s capital’, towards the transition to a globalized city.
“Tamerri embodies the celebration of our nativity and cultures,” expanded CEF on the festival’s theme ‘Root’. “It is about identifying ourselves, celebrating ourselves and sharing that part of ourselves with others.”
“It is also about showing the potential of festivals such that people will fly in from all over the world to attend festivals in Nigeria,” added Njoku.
Addressing funding sources for the N38 to N40 million festival, of which they are yet break even, CEF confidently assured that the long-term investment will pay off. The festival, he stated is supported by the US Embassy, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nkata, Heritage Africa, The Play Network, and Federal Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture.
However, they stressed they would like to have more than just the vocal endorsement of the ministry.
“It is a shame that embassies are giving us more support than our government. It is a shame that creatives have to depend on foreign sources to fund and promote our cultural content,” decried CEF.
They have further initiated talks with the Vice Presidency office known for its favourable disposition to culture. “We have received a personal letter from the office and we hope to get support. The administration possesses an interest in the arts that we want to tap into,” CEF said.
Comprising of music festival, art exhibition, fashion, performance and camping activities, the festival’s Alternative Music Festival will feature artists as Jeremiah Gyang, Tae, Elo, Rubunu, Kabini, Banke, Cavemen, and Age Beeka. To head a retrospective of Nigeria’s prominent architect, designer and artist, Demas Nwoko, is poetry and performance act, Ese Brume. Tammy Sinclair will curate the festival’s art exhibition, while its Bonfire Night will be hosted in collaboration with Bush Fire Events.
Performing arts event will showcase Gidigbo traditional wrestling, and traditional dance groups as the Atiliogwu, Jarawa Dance Troupe from Plateau State, and Benue Council of Arts & Culture Dance Troupe.
“We hope the city will troop in to support these young people in what they are doing,” urged CEF.