Cleric urges artists/entertainers to use arts to promote morals

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LAGOS – Monsignor Gabriel Osu, Director of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, on Sunday urged artistes and entertainers to utilise the performing arts as a tool to promote morals in the society.

Osu made the call at the formal unveiling of the 2014 edition of the Lagos Archdiocesan Cultural and Drama Festival (LACDRAFEST) in Lagos.

The theme for this year’s edition is “The Family as a Domestic Church.”

He said that societal and family values had been eroded, thereby glorifying social ills and crime in the country.

“We need to revive our traditions, cultural values and morals, so that our country will be transformed for the better.

“And we can achieve this via the Performing Arts, to teach, enlighten and positively mould the thinking and personality of the public,” he said.

Osu said that LACDRAFEST was a welcome development that required the support of well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations. [eap_ad_1] According to him, the financial burden of organising such a gigantic project rests mainly on the support we receive from well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies.

Mr Tony Agbugba, Chairman of the organising committee, said that LACDRAFEST was meant as a celebration of heritage as Catholics in the African way.

According to him, it is about using our talents as Performing Artistes to showcase Christ to the world.

“The vision behind the festival is to create an army of well-trained and talented artistes who would use their knowledge and skills to communicate Christ to a diversified audience, within and outside the church.

“This year’s edition, which is billed to commence in August, is a forum to discover new talents in the Performing Arts.

“It will also act as a test-run preparatory to our participation in the Festival of Catholic Artistes and Entertainers FESTICATE, organised by Sign is Nigeria scheduled to hold in Abuja in October.

“Parishes are required to register and participate in at least two of the four categories, namely: drama, cultural display, stand-up comedy and singing,” he said.

Agbugba, however, appealed to well-meaning individuals and organisations to sponsor and support the project to ensure
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