The Culture Festival, a series of global events organized by the Art of Living Foundation, will take place in Lagos from August 19-21, 2022.

The festival, themed “Vibrant Africa: The Rising Rhythm”, aims to build a compassionate and harmonious society by bringing people together around the world in celebration, through song, dance, meditation and dialogue.

The event, to be held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Art of Living Foundation.

Speaking on this year’s theme, the founder of the foundation, Gurudev Ravishankar said, “Today, in the world where there is so much polarity, it is time to unite everyone. We know that sport can unite. We know that the economy can unite – because when it comes to business, everyone forgets their nationality and culture. Faith also unites, while the first and perhaps the most important is culture. Dance and music can also foster unity and that is what the 2022 Culture Festival seeks to achieve.

“The festival will be like an Olympiad for artists and culture. Without music and dancing, life could sometimes seem so dry. If we all work in harmony, we can envision a better world for the next generation and live as if we are all one family.

Along the same lines, Happiness Center Managing Director Akshay Jain said, “Negative news spreads faster, but if we start producing the good side of stories, we would be able to change the narrative. We are determined to create a world of peace and happiness, and that is why we came to Nigeria.

For his part, political economist, Professor Pat Utomi, applauded the initiative while sharing experiences on how a single act of love can spread to many hearts.

He said, “Our country is highly challenged, from an economic perspective, COVID-19 has created unbearable conditions around the world. We realize that our globalization has caused us to become so interdependent that most of us depend on Ukrainian grain. We need emotional balance to deal with several challenges that we face.

Additionally, singer and songwriter Darey Art Alade, who will perform at the event alongside other artists, emphasized the impact of music, dance and culture. He added: “We have tried everything – policies, strategies and military power, but have we tried the alternative – love and dialogue? There are some things guns can’t do. It’s time to dig deep and look inside.