The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, popularly known as Festac ’77, was held in 1977. (the first was in Dakar, 1966).
From the 15th of January to the 12th of February 1977, Lagos, Nigeria hosted Festac 77, a significant international event. The month-long festival highlighted African culture by showcasing African music, visual art, literature, theatre, dance, and religion to the rest of the globe. At the event, about 16,000 people representing 56 African countries and countries of the African Diaspora performed.
Stevie Wonder from the United States, Gilberto Gil from Brazil, Bembeya Jazz National from Guinea, Mighty Sparrow from Trinidad and Tobago, Les Ballets Africains, South African Miriam Makeba, and Franco Luambo Makiadi were among the artists that performed at the event. It was the largest pan-African meeting that had ever taken place till date.
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