The Lagos State government has unveiled plans to build five new art theatres across the state as part of efforts to engage the youths and promote tourism through arts and entertainments.
According to Lagos state official website, governor Akinwunmi Ambode made this announcement after seeing a stage play at the Muson Centre Onikan, titled ‘Heartbeat The Musical…A New Beginning’ directed by Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva.
With His Excellency being thoroughly impressed by the production of the play and also saying it was a confirmation that Lagos is not only the destination for arts, culture and entertainment but has bulging youth ready to showcase their talents. He also said that the theatres will be up and running before the end of 2017.
He said, “I never believed I could sit down for two hours, I thought I would just pop in briefly and then leave, but this is awesome and fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mere fact that I believe strongly in arts, entertainment and sports, everything that is arts, like I said, before the end of next year, we are going to have five new theatres in Lagos.
“We are already engaging the Terra Kulture and we are speaking to another consultant and the truth is that we want to have the theatres in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Alimosho and on the Mainland. We already have one in Victoria Island. But the truth is that this is where the energy of Lagos is and that is where we should go.
“It’s not so much about physical infrastructure, but 67 percent of the Lagos population is below the age of 35, so we need to start finding things to keep the younger ones more creative and then open the space for them to be able to just show their talents.”