Tourists swarm Port Harcourt as Carniriv 2012 ends

Posted: December 17, 2012 in travel & tourism

carniriv 3As the people of River State celebrate the centenary anniversary of the existence of Port Harcourt with this year’s edition of Carniriv, tourists and visitors from across the world, Nigerians in the Diaspora and other visitors have moved into the city to share in the rich cultural displays at the carnival.

The cultural fiesta which runs from December 9 to 15 December in Port Harcourt features a variety of indigenous and international displays. The Black African Music Festival (BAMFest) which held on Wednesday, December 12, featured Grammy Award-winning reggae star and rapper, Shaggy and fellow reggae singer, Patra, celebrated Nigerian music acts, Tuface Idibia and Duncan Mighty. The artistes thrilled the crowd with a memorable performance.

Another main attraction was the “Ekere: Rhythm of the Tribes”, a display of the rich cultural heritage and glamour of the Rivers people in the 23 Local Government Areas. Each Local Government Area put of a show of glamorous costumes and captivating dance steps.

Speaking at the event, the Director-General, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA), Dr. Sam Dede, explained that “the main difference between Carniriv and other carnivals in the country is Carniriv is mostly a display of the indigenous culture of the Rivers People. The costume, dance and music on display are indigenous.”

Other activities lined up for the carnival include International Aquatic Fiesta on December 12, while the Heritage Parade and the Old Port Harcourt Town Groove respectively hold on December 14th. The weeklong Carniriv will be rounded off with the World Peace Concert on December 15.

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