LAGOS, No fewer than 500 world famous designers and interior decorators will converge on Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, next month for the African Culture and Design Festival scheduled for Nov 9 to 12, says the president of the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN), Titi Ogufere.

Ogufere told the media here Wednesday that the event, which is being organized by the association and co-hosted by the Lagos State Government, would feature video clips showcasing Nigeria's progress in celebrating arts and culture 40 years after FESTAC '77.

She said that the festival would also feature the World Design Congress and 28th General Assembly of International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), which was founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization to expand the international network of professional interior architects and designers. The body now represents close to 250,000 designers, educators and industry stakeholders.

The theme of the festival is This is Africa'' and it would be held at the Federal Palace Hotel on Victoria Island in Lagos.

Ogufere said: The World Design Congress is the largest biennial congregation of interior designers with over 500 foreign delegates expected from all over the globe at the festival. IDAN is proud to be hosting key personalities from the design world here in Nigeria. We are passionate about building a viable identity that can promote the exportation of Nigerian Art, Culture and Design.

She added that the festival would also celebrate the 100 years of African art and design with Nigeria in the spotlight. The festival will not only establish Lagos as a cultural hub, it will promote the continent by exposing, redefining, rebranding and creating awareness of Africa's home grown creative talents,'' Ogufere said.


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