In what seems to be novel in Nigeria, the drive-in theatre show is beginning to find its feet in the country in defiance to restrictions on the entertainment industry as a result of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
The first of its kind, organized by the National Council for Art and Culture was unveiled at the nation’s capital, Abuja at the premises of the prestigious Sheraton Hotels and Towers.
In the manner of a typical drive-in theatre, the event witnessed a well illuminated and decorated open theatre stand, centralized and visible to all guests who in the convenience of their vehicles enjoyed the thespians displays with special program frequency for sound connected to their stereo.
Considering the serene ambiance, adherence to social distancing, compulsory masking, and the treat to a 5 star hygienic delivery of snacks and beverages at intervals, it can be safe to say the new normal is not only here to stay but classic as well.
The event which was christened post-COVID creative offensive initiative is in preparation towards perfecting the upcoming National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) slated for the city Jos, in October.
Also seen at hand was a clinical driven pre and post fumigation of the event ground and facilities, with special attention paid to the dedicated pavilion for the photojournalists and television camera personnel.
Commenting on the event, the Director General of National Council for Art and Culture (NCAT) said” We are a big country and we shall continue to prepare and not relax. COVID-19 may have impacted on the cultural tourism businesses worldwide but in Nigeria, we are back on the beat, we are going to overcome challenges and put the right foot forward. A country with 36 states and a federal capital, ready to come together in a cultural show of force slated for Jos in October, cannot take anything for granted” he said.
Runsewe further expressed happiness at the encouraging presence of Nigerians and culture enthusiasts who graced the occasion, adding that Nigeria has once again made statements that life has returned in the country”.