This year, the Beeta Arts Festival, which is committed to elevating African voices, comes back to foster connections between communities and artists via a confluence of theater, exhibitions, films, music, dance, food, and lifestyle events over the course of three days. The celebration, which takes place in Abuja, began on December 2 and will last until December 4, 2022, on Sunday.
The festival, which aims to be the biggest art incubator event in Africa, was inspired by the need to share African stories, according to a statement sent to Merrymakers. Six African nations were represented at the first iteration of the art festival, which took place in 2021.
The Multichoice Talent Factory, Ebonylife Creative Academy, and TASCK—a social impact organization formed by rapper Jude Abaga, alias MI—have all collaborated on this year’s festival, which has the theme “Art Connects.” It will include workshops and discussions involving artists, performers, and exhibitionists from several African nations.
Bikiya Graham-Douglas, the festival’s founder, said that this year they really went all out to create an immersive experience that will help them reach a larger audience both physically and digitally.
She went further, “With the new global positioning of Africans, now more than ever, young Africans are focused on their identity. We have witnessed this with the increase in consumption of African arts and culture, with emphasis on Nigerian content.
The festival’s producer, Olarotimi Fakunle, also added that the festival was a creative campaign curated to encourage interaction and collaborations in African creativity, showcasing existing talent, bridging the gap between new and existing players, and creating new audiences for rich African stories.”