Beeta Arts Festival’s star-studded lineup gears up for a week of artistic wonders
Beeta Arts Festival (BAF), a cornerstone in the African arts and culture scene, is poised to captivate audiences as it returns for its third edition from December 6 to 10, 2023, at the prestigious Abuja Continental Hotel (formerly Sheraton Hotel).
This annual week-long festival, known for fostering collaboration among African creatives, will feature goodwill personalities OJ Posharella from Real Housewives of Abuja and Tony Edet, also recognised as Thin Tall Tony from Big Brother Naija. The duo adds star power to an event dedicated to bridging gaps and inspiring dialogue within the arts and culture sphere.
Curated by the visionary force behind the festival, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, the theme of this year’s Beeta Arts Festival is “New Narratives, Limitless Possibilities.” The festival aims to showcase an array of plays and films from across the African continent, highlighting emerging and established performing artistes.
“We believe in the power of the arts to transcend boundaries and unite people,” expresses Bikiya Graham-Douglas. “This festival is a celebration of the vibrant artistic spirit that defines who we are, and we invite the world to join us in this cultural festivity.”
The Abuja Continental Hotel, a premium Nigerian hospitality brand, serves as the perfect backdrop for the festival, supporting local creativity and the growth of arts and culture in the community.
In addition to stage plays and film screenings curated by Fibby Kioria and Hawa Essuman, the festival will feature musical performances by Jessica Bongos and Nigerian female rap sensation OJ Posharella. The event will also include workshops, conversations, and a spotlight film screening in collaboration with the Orange Nigeria Project as part of the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). It is an initiative led by the Senate Committee Chairperson on Women Affairs, Senator Ireti Habeebah Kingibe, to activate a national call to eliminate GBV across communities in Nigeria.
The US Embassy will also show a documentary film Nevertheless by filmmaker Sarah Moshman on Saturday, December 9, 2023.
The festival, sponsored by Abuja Continental Hotel, Chairborne Global Services Limited, and supported by prominent entities like Century Group, FirstBank, Doyenne Circle, Zenith Bank, and others, marks the conclusion of Nigeria’s extensive three-month festival season.
According to Funmbi Popoola, the festival’s statement emphasises, “Beeta Art Festival is not just a festival; it’s a testament to the enduring power of art to inspire, connect, and redefine boundaries.”
For inquiries, contact Funmbikeji@gmail.com or visit www.beetaartsfestival.com, where tickets are available as well as at Abuja Continental Hotel and www.aerave.app. Follow the festival’s social media handles on Instagram & Twitter: @beetaarts and Facebook: Beetauniversal. Join the conversation using #BeetaArtFestival #AfricanArtistry #CulturalCelebration.