The Miss CARNIRIV franchise was first launched in 2014 and had its maiden outing on December 12, 2014. Girls representing 23 LGAs were on parade in a colourful and closely-contested affair. In the end, Miss Port Harcourt emerged winner- with a brand new salon car and a scholarship to study anywhere in the world as prized earnings. In CARNIRIV 2015, we look to Miss CARNIRIV as a noteworthy icebreaker event, and we are all set for an even bigger and more colourful showpiece.
The CARNIRIV colloquium customarily introduces a deeply reflective and academic tilt to an event largely steeped in fanfare and revelry. Discontinued in 2014 at the behest of a lack of funding, the Colloquium is scheduled for a notable re-emergence with an eminent key-note speaker and respected academics and captains-of-industry all prepared to brainstorm our way into a sustainable future.
The Kids Carnival bears a poignant reflection of the role of children in both nation-building and tourism development in Rivers State. It is a mini-procession along the Elekahia Liberation Stadium- culminating in a central display showcasing dance and calisthenics routines in the main bowl of the Carnival Village. This event offers just the right kind of fun and fanfare every child craves, more especially in the build-up to the climax of the yuletide season
The CARNIRIV Praise Jam is a Christian interdenominational musical concert organized every year as an ice-breaker event for CARNIRIV: THE PORT HARCOURT CARNIVAL. The concert features top gospel artistes in the country gracing the CARNIRIV stage on an evening fused with soulful and inspirational gospel tunes important for contriving the spiritual ambience within which the Port Harcourt Carnival ordinarily thrives in.
Dance of Fireflies (DOFF) is the thematic and ritualistic opening ceremony of CARNIRIV: The Port Harcourt Carnival, and represents a nostalgic retrospection of the ancient ageless fireplace gatherings of indigenous African Tribes re-enacted through dance, drama and poetry. In 2015 the customary opening musical concert will be staged and, like in previous years, we hope to feature a swarm of high-caliber international performers in league with top Nigerian artistes in a tantalizing line-up to fire-up a memorable night.
Cultural displays from the 23 LGAs in Rivers State expediently capture the spice and essence of the pure Rivers Carnival spirit. And Ekere: Rhythm of the Tribes showcases the diversity of our primal artistic fervor, and the glamour of our patrician heritage. In CARNIRIV 2015, Ekere will feature indigenous traditional dances, masquerade displays and puppetry- spread through a 3-day period showcasing the best cultural artistry from our storied and legendary rural climes.
Egelege, in generic parlance, refers to traditional wrestling among the Rivers folk. In CARNIRIV 2012: PORT HARCOURT 100 EDITION traditional wrestling was introduced to the line-up of activities with resounding success. This then inspired the development of a unique independent brand for traditional wrestling in CARNIRIV: Egelege: Champions of the Sand Arena. In CARNIRIV 2015, like in previous years, Egelege will once more feature wrestlers from the different LGAs vying to emerge champion of the legendary sand arena.
HOSH Jam! reminiscences the splendor, ease and rustic charm of night Life in the 60s and 70s whilst echoing the swagger and freewheeling spirits of the 21st century. High Life, Old School and Hip Hop music ordinarily form the quintessence of this concert and in CARNIRIV 2015 we look forward to assembling a constellation of national and regional stars of these genres for a one-of-a-kind concert on the prestigious CARNIRIV stage. More interestingly, like in previous editions, this concert will hand young aspiring musicians the opportunity to emerge as the next big thing in Nigerian music.
The annual boat regatta contest (for LGAs) was re-engineered and branded in 2012 as the International Aquatic Fiesta (IAF). In the midst of an all enthralling spectacle of paddles, canons and choruses in near perfect synchronicity, the ebb and flow of the rivers will come alive once again in CARNIRIV 2015 with musicians on the mind-blowing “floating stage” and regatta troupes exhibiting tomes of show-stopping spectacles.
The Black African Music Festival (BAMFest) is a celebration of the black African heritage which stretches beyond the continent of Africa, finding solace in nearly all climes of the world. BAMFest in CARNIRIV 2015 promises a one-of-a-kind concert with an exhibition of indigenous Nigerian music- spread across relevant artistic genres- built with the sole purpose of reinforcing and re-affirming our re-emerging affection for motherland Africa.
Reggae-360 is a jamboree organized for reggae lovers and connoisseurs alike. As music is largely incomplete without a tinge of reggae timbering away in its familiar pulse-like rhythm, so is the carnival incomplete without a well-rounded reggae fete. Top local and international artistes are expected to grace the Reggae-360 stage in CARNIRIV 2015.
In true and typical carnival style, contingents of performers from the 23 LGAs engage a procession – taking-off at the floats garage (College of Arts and Science, PH), through Aba Road and terminating on Aggrey Road- showcasing enthralling dances and masquerade displays as they do so. All of these performances are embedded in colourful floats rigged with impressive themed icons. Like in the 2013 and 2014 editions, RSTDA would be looking to include a colorful guest-performance in CARNIRIV 2015 to enhance the overall spectacle of the IHP.
The Garden City Freestyle Parade (GCFP) is a Caribbean-style parade which consists in processions on the streets of Port Harcourt by freestyle bands gabbed in colorful costumes. In very many ways GCFP exudes a striking uniqueness which captures the essence of the Garden City. In CARNIRIV 2015, new bands will emerge and fresh competition will sprout along the lines of color, originality and ingenious artistry. And the Garden City will be treated to a non-such euphoria and pageantry typical of a carnival encapsulated in a carnival.
Customarily, the carnival hits a home run with the World Peace Concert as hoards of carnival-goers converge on the carnival village for the closing ceremonies and final concert of the carnival. In past editions, the WPC has left the carnival village bursting at the seams with euphoric crowds drunken with unbridled ecstasy. And CARNIRIV 2015 will be no different. With a finely crafted message of oneness and peace, this year’s theme holds a towering doctrinal relevance and is befitting of a cathedral anointed by our over-arching unity. At the World Peace Concert, the crusade of love and harmony espoused by a telling few will tide with the apostasy of the vast many.