With ‘Vibrant Africa: The Rising Rhythm’, the World Culture Festival (WCF), a series of global events organized by the Art of Living, which aims to build a more compassionate and harmonious society by bringing together the people of the world in the celebration, is set to debut in Africa, specifically in Nigeria.
Scheduled for Saturday August 21, 2022 at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, the global fiesta will bring together singers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, artists, cultural administrators, scholars, spiritual leaders, social activists, artists, and people of all races, religions, and political positions.
As the organizers noted, “Through song, dance, meditation and dialogue, participants will share and explore their rich cultural diversity, while honoring the underlying spirit that unites us all as one family. world”.
According to the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar, “the Festival will be like an Olympiad for artists; a Cultural Olympiad. 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.
“Today, in a world where there is so much polarity, it’s time to unite everyone. We know sport can unite. We know economics 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,” Gurudev said.
During a press conference held recently in Lagos to announce the hosting of the Festival, the director of the Art of Living Foundation (Nigeria), Akshay Jain, noted that the Festival, which will be held at the Eko Hotel and Suites , Lagos, will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Art of Living Foundation, the largest educational and humanitarian organization in the world, with the sole objective of creating a stress-free and violence-free society by promoting individual well-being and societal development. .
“Building on grassroots initiatives such as ‘I Meditate Africa’ and ‘Voice of Africa’, Art of Living has reached over 2.3 million Africans and united 22 African countries through peace campaigns.
The Foundation has been teaching youth happiness and leadership training programs in Nigeria for over 10 years and has impacted thousands of people in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, Enugu and Delta States. In partnership with the University of Lagos, the Foundation launched the Drug Free Nigeria campaign to educate young people about substance abuse and addiction,” Jain said.
He added that previous editions of the Culture Festival have brought together presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, dignitaries, spiritual leaders, social activists, artists and people of all races, religions and political positions in a spirit of global unity and vibrant celebration.
“Operating in 156 countries, The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by humanitarian and spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar.
“All of AOLF’s programs are inspired by Sri Sri’s philosophy of creating world peace through a stress-free and violence-free society.
The AOLF has touched over 400 million lives through numerous educational and self-development programs and tools that facilitate the elimination of stress and promote deep and deep inner peace, happiness and well-being in individuals .
Ravishankar is a global humanitarian and spiritual leader who has revived the traditions of yoga and meditation that have helped millions achieve personal and social transformation by relieving stress and discovering inner peace in everyday life.
Named one of ‘India’s Seven Most Powerful People’ by Forbes, he has been credited with bringing opposing sides together to facilitate meditation and peace talks in Colombia, Iraq, Ivory Coast and in India.
The 2022 Culture Festival will see Ravishankar visit Nigeria for the first time. Previous editions of the Culture Festival have brought together presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, dignitaries, spiritual leaders, social activists, artists and people of all races, religions and political positions in a spirit of unity. global and vibrant celebration.
Admission to the Festival is by registration. It is worth recalling that the World Cultural Festival (WCF) was held at the Yamuna floodplains in New Delhi from 11 to 13 March 2016. It was organized by Ravi Shankar to celebrate 35 years of service of the Art Foundation of Living, and it was reported to have gathered 3.5 million viewers and 37,000 performers over three days.
The performances took place on a stage 100 feet high by 1,200 feet wide with an area of seven acres. Initially, about 1,700 officials were deployed for the traffic management of the World Culture Festival and about 300 were on standby for the other events that would be held at the same time.
Another festival of the same name was also organized by this foundation at the Berlin Olympic Stadium in 2011.