Igbo Landing St. Simons Island, Georgia Set For 2023 Igbo World Cultural Festival
Igbo Landing, a historic site at Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island is the venue for the Council of Igbo States in America (CISA) 2023 Igbo World Festival of Arts & Culture this August. The President Council of Igbo State in America (CISA) Engr. James Ogbuka Umekwe disclosed this while addressing a meeting of CISA Governing Council. According to the CISA President, the choice of the historic Igbo landing for this year’s festival is spiritually important, given that Igbo landing holds a symbolic, powerful, and evocative brave story of active Igbo resistance against oppression and enslavement.
Engr. Umekwe noted that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the CISA global festival, adding that it is fitting to move the festival from the Igbo Village, Virginia to the renowned, bold, and epic Igbo landmark that has become the myth of the flying African. The CISA President further expressed happiness with the progress made to ensure that this year’s festival is spectacular and commended Mazi. Emeka Nwosu, Chair of the 2023 Festival Planning for the fantastic job his committee is doing. Engr. Umekwe reaffirmed CISA’s readiness to make the festival stand out monumentally for the Igbo World.
The President was therefore excited to invite Igbo people worldwide, well-wishers and lovers of arts and culture to this year’s Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture slated for the weekend of August 11 and 12, 2023 in Seldon Park, 100 Genoa Martin Dr. Brunswick, Georgia 31520 U.S.A. He added that “the special groundbreaking event will bring the Igbo world across the Atlantic together to reconnect to uplift the human spirit and uphold collectively our bond of common heritage. The festival has entertained and thrilled more than a million in its nearly 15 years of vibrant fun-filled live and field celebrations designed to parade the amazing beauty of Igbo cultural exhibitions and heritage”.
The Igbo Village in Virginia has been the venue of the festival since 2008 and contingents from Africa, North America, South America, Asia, and Europe over the years have participated in the festival. Now for the first time, the festival comes to the historic site of the Igbo Landing where most of its activities will be hosted in Brunswick, Georgia. The event will feature spectacular performances and more importantly, the display of Igbo cultural traditions in all ramifications. The CISA President said that “all are invited to be part of this wonder at the World culture Festival Extravaganza”.