The Council of Igbo States in Americas is again, ready for its 2017 annual epoch making World Igbo Festival of the Arts, Language and Culture which holds on July 27, 28, and 29 2017, at Igbo Farm Village, Staunton, Virginia, U.S.A.
This year’s World Igbo Festival of the Arts, Language and Culture is being organized by CISA in concert with The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, Virginia, U.S.A.,and in collaboration with all apex Igbo communities from Abia State, Anambra State, Delta State (Anioma), Ebonyi State, Enugu State, Imo State, Rivers State, Igbo World Assembly (IWA), Nwannedinamba, U.S.A. etc. and other sister Igbo Cultural Associations in Canada, United States of America, Europe and Asia.
This event will showcase Igbo traditional naming ceremonies, traditional weddings, traditional Dance, Music, Nollywood Films, Books and Literary Works of Igbo Authors in Igbo and other Languages that rewrite and challenges some of “Igbo /black mythical narratives”. The highlight of the event will be a rendition/reenactment of the legendary ‘Ohaofia War Dance’- a historical demonstration of Igbo heroism, Igbo Pride, and Great Igbo Culture and Heritage.
We are anticipating that many Royalties, (HRM), Governors, and VIPs, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Nollywood Actors will be in attendance; partnering with CISA and other Igbo Organizations in promulgation of our language, culture and celebration of the contributions of over 5 million the Igbo Americans and their value added to the landscape.
Reserve July 27-29th weekend for your family summer get away in Virginia to attend the Festival. We are encouraging All the Igbo Organizations from across the globe to take part in the Planning and execution of the Igbo Cultural extravaganza.
Last year we had over 29 Igbo Organizations partnering with CISA for the Event and we are looking for more than 100 Igbo groups to be a part of this event.
There will be exhibition of various Igbo Pre-historic artifacts tools and instruments from the past drawn from various parts of Igboland and Igbo World Civilization.
As usual, there will be participation from many Igbo Organizations, Associations and Clubs in U.S. Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and Columbia alone, and many more from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and South America and South Africa.
The event will showcase cultural dances from Anioma (Delta), Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers states.CISA is committed to working, collaborating and partnering with all, to leverage Ndiigbo in Diaspora as a strategic partner on Igbo advocacy. It is our goal to advance Igbo Culture, Language and Arts in Americas and across the globe through this annual promulgation of our Language, Tradition and Culture.
Why Igbo Village? “An Igbo Farmstead that represent the architectural patterns showcasing the areas from which the most number of slaves came to Virginia” - Frontier Culture website. The Igbo were greater in number than all the other enslaved Africans put together in Virginia in the 1700s when tobacco was the mainstay of the colony’s economy. Some estimates put the number of Igbo imported from the Bight of Biafra at 40% of all the import to Virginia by 1775.
Their number continued to increase to the point that tobacco planters on the valley west of the Blue Ridge replaced their white indentured servants with Igbo slave workers”. The Igbo were among the first settlers, they were among those to cross the Cumberland Gap and open the gateway to the west.
In addition to making the tobacco the mainstay of the Virginian economy, they also provided the labor in the Black Belt that made cotton king. They have continued to contribute to nation building and culture in the United States. The Igbo Farmstead (Uno Ubi Igbo) in Staunton is, like the English, German, and Irish Farmsteads, “a tangible tribute to the Igbo settlers who helped to develop the frontier culture in America as well as in the territorial expansion of the United States.”
For Logistics on the 2017 Annual Igbo Worldwide Festival of the Arts and Culture, contact Chudi Asidianya, Chairman 2017 at email@example.com or the President Dr. Edward Nwachi at firstname.lastname@example.org /presid email@example.com, Dr. Stephen Uche, Chairman Festival activities firstname.lastname@example.org.
All our International Attendees requiring travel documents are encouraged to please contact the Planning Committee to ensure that they start the process early enough to avoid last minute nightmare.
Comprehensive list of members of the Planning Committees for the 2017 Festival, their respective roles and contact information will be unveiled very shortly in the hope of engendering interests in joining and or supporting Committee of interest to our well wishers and supporters .
REGISTRATION: Register online to attend ( Visit www.frontiermuseum.org). Effective Monday February 13, 2017
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Join us on July 27, 28, and 29 2017 in promulgation and celebration of the Arts, Culture and Language of over 5 million Igbos and their value added to the Americas mainstream.
Chudi Asidianya, BA, MA, LSC, IEO
Chairman; 2017 Annual Igbo Worldwide Festival of the Arts and Culture: