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British Council And Startup South Announce Support For Creative Talents In Port Harcourt



British Council and #StartupSouth today announced Rivers of Art – the second instalment of a series of events designed to bolster the Creative economy in Port Harcourt under the British Council’s Creative Economy Support Programme.

“This initiative by the British Council is assisting performance artists and art exhibitors, many of whom were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant economic challenges. Many creative businesses, particularly those involving art forms that require live performances, are still recovering from the long-term harmful effects of the crisis,” stated Lucy Pearson, British Council Nigeria’s Country Director.

As an intervention, the Head of Arts West Africa and Creative Economy Lead SSA at British Council, Brenda Fashugba, stated that “The Creative Economy Showcase Programme helps resolve several challenges for creative entrepreneurs, such as offsetting the massive cost of renting a premium venue space, providing communication support through publicity for the programme, offering exhibitors access to the British Council network of art enthusiasts and stakeholders as well as affording exhibitors access to our organisational knowledge of event management, programme management and planning.”

A statement from #StartupSouth read: 

“From Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson, Onyeka Onwenu, Sam Dede, Burnaboy, Timaya, Hilda Dokubo, Francis Duru to Omalay, Port Harcourt has bequeathed Nigeria many (current and past) Creative superStars.  From where these came remains a great many yet undiscovered talents. Rivers of Art presents a wide array of creative performances and exhibitions from some of Port Harcourt’s fast rising stars for the second edition of the Creative Economy Showcase Programme at British Council, Port Harcourt.”

Rivers of Art features Right & Left Honourable with Dan D’Humourous, Verses & Flowers with Marcy WTF, Rivers Origin – a Pictorial Hiking experience of Rivers State with Hikerstrail, Visual & Digital Art Exhibition with Hyper Creative Network and Production Costumes in Pictures with Prof. Faith Aminikpo . Also featuring are Family Abomination – a stage play by Chinedu Acho,, Presentation of 4Tress – a newly developed strategy game by Tox Systems and a music performance by Hope Swithin. 

The event which promises to be fun will also feature other vendors, MCs Comperes and Comedians and will be held on December 17 & 18, 2022 at The British Council facility in Port Harcourt. The event is gated and 100% proceeds will go straight to the featured talents. To access the event visit  bit.ly/riversart or individual talents’ walls (for their unique link) for tickets.

About #StartupSouth

StartupSouth Enterprise Development LTD/GTE (#StartupSouth) is a digital/creative economy ecosystem development organization and a community of creatives building high value/growth ventures in Nigeria (particularly the South-South/South-East regions). 

About British Council 

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. We do this through our work in arts and culture, education and the English language. We work with people in over 200 countries and territories and are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

About Creative Economy Support Programme 

The British Council Creative Economy Showcase Programme aims to stimulate links among Nigerian creatives by providing them access to the British Council exhibition spaces, for displays, showcases and performances. This initiative is in line with the British Council goal to support the creation of new art and sharing this art to audiences as part of the British Council’s engagement with the art community and creative entrepreneurs. 
The programme grants selected exhibitors permitted access to use the British Council exhibition spaces (for up to two consecutive days) in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano for displays, showcases and performances.

The Port Harcourt edition runs in November, December 2022 and February, March, 2023. 

Contact: Delight on 08075620000 delight@startupsouth.org


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