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Uyo International Theatre and Film Festival set to hold



With “New Talent, New Technology in Theatre and Film Practice” as its theme, the stage is set for the maiden edition of Uyo International Theatre and Film Festival, Nigeria’s first ever theatre and film festival, scheduled to hold from November 8 to 10, 2018, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.

The objective of the festival, the organisers stated, is to serve as a premier platform for increasing development in indigenous performing and media arts in Akwa Ibom State thereby impacting positively on the economy of the State as well as promoting Akwa Ibom State Tourism and Hospitality to the world.

It is equally aimed at celebrating the prevalent symbiosis and influences of multi-faceted African theatre and the phenomenal Nollywood, while also serving as a major hub for the creative industry in Akwa Ibom State in particular and Nigeria in general, UTAFF.

The three-day event which will feature training, workshop, panel discussion, film screening, theatre performances and awards, holds at four different venues in Uyo: Silverbird Cinema, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Council for Arts & Culture and Akwa Ibom State University.

Filmmaker Emem Isong will be celebrated at this maiden edition of the festival with her film ‘Ayamma’ headlining the opening screening of the festival. A command performance of ‘Kasala’ – a theatrical piece directed by Victor Thompson will also open the theatre performances.

“Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, is expected to flag off the festival. He would be supported by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh.

Dr Donpedro Agbonifo-Obaseki, will give the keynote while Fidelis Duker, Ekpenyong Bassey-Inyang aka Keppy, Adedayo Thomas, DG NFVCB, Hussein Shuaibu, Emem Isong, Israel Eboh, NANTAP National President, Moses Eskor, Dr Ofonime Inyang are expected to speak at the festival.
Uyo International Theatre and Film Festival (UTAFF) is founded by Victor Thompson, who is the Festival Director and Charles Ukpong who functions as the Festival Manager/Curator.

UTAFF is endorsed by NFVCB, Akwa Ibom State Hotel and Tourism Board, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) and Guild of Nigerian Dancers (GOND).

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