20,000 youths to participate in 2nd Ondo Art Festival
No fewer than 20, 000 youths are expected to participate at the second edition of Ondo Art Festival scheduled for December. The Chief Executive Officer of Oshodi Art Gallery, Sheyi Oshodi made this known while addressing Newsmen in Akure,Ondo state capital.
Oshodi, a major stakeholder in the event, described arts and culture as one of the pivots of any society “as it revolves around the vitality of the youths and engages them positively.”
“Ondo State is greatly blessed with rich cultural heritage, highly educated people, array of entertainment super stars and young talents.
“The event has already established the idea of selling and promoting the rich culture, arts, artistes and tourism in many ways and the consequence to the creative industry will be worthwhile.
“Ondo Art fest will remain one lasting event for annual celebration, relaxation-holiday period, and a big business brand for the state and the people. According to him, festival of this nature weakens the elements of youth restiveness and creates job opportunities, empowerment, happiness, peace and unity. He said that various productions for contents of the festival would require indigenous labour.
“Sociologically, the Investment Conference, workshops and interactions between the Ondo State home-based artistes – youths and the visiting models and resource during the festival will mean a lot in terms of intellect-socio quotient benefits among stakeholders.
“The market expo and various exhibitions planned for this edition will raise reasonable promotional scale and future benefit-income to the state. If you calculate all these, over 20,000 youths will be engaged,” he added.
Oshodi commended Governor Akeredolu for his vision to see potentials in the festival as a means of employment and income generation. He also lauded Akeredolu for looking inward and harnessing the untapped resources of the state, especially keying into the festival of arts and culture.
The first edition of the festival was held in December 2018 in Akure.