Welcome to SPANFEST 2015

SPANfest 2015 gives Voice to the Voiceless in Society 

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Following the successful series of events to mark its 10th Anniversary, the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) has unveiled creative plans for the second edition of SPANfest starting from the 7th to 22nd of November this year.  The SPANfest creative committee held a press conference at Eko Hotel and suites in Lagos, to outline activities for the fifteen day community festival tagged ‘Voice Of The Voiceless’ The objective of SPANfest is to build communities and change lives via entertainment.

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SPANfest is a combination of workshops and groundbreaking presentations with various mediums of the performing arts to achieve memorable breathtaking Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Visual art, Theatre and Comedy. The first nine days will be for intensive performing art workshops with international professors, followed by five performance nights to showcase diverse cultural heritage and a grand finale with 200 dancers, musicians and actors on one stage.

According to the founder of SPAN, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, “I have faith that SPANfest 2015 will also rekindle in our community a desire to invest in performing art education and performances to sustain a vibrant and healthy environment in our Lagos – the city we cherish. Only then will Lagosians live and experience the full potential for which they were created and find purpose as well as a sense of significance in their city.”

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Boulos, added that the festival will reveal an understanding and awareness of the historical diversity and cultural context of the people as it crisscross the city from SPAN Hub – The Agidigba Community Centre in Lagos Island to the Ocean View Marquee in Victoria Island.

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Other activities lined up as part of SPANfest 2015 are the Movements in Moments, A Musical Adventure, Hear Word, Performing Arts Management and Motivational Talks, The Era (Era of Legends) and the Voice of the Voiceless – a performing art piece of music, dance and drama.

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The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) has the vision to build a performing arts centre in Nigeria where young people are educated, empowered and presented as performing artists with their God given art. Over the last decade, SPAN has acquired considerable expertise in the performing arts through the presentation of several shows, empowering more than 500 artists and over 10,000 children in its community.

SPAN is a registered non-governmental organization founded in 2004 with the Helen O’Grady franchise in schools. It offers different classes of training which ranges from Music to Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Creative Combo, Drama, Contemporary African, fitness, Naija Craze, Salsa and Latin Ballroom dance for beginners, intermediate and professionals.

 

 

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Learn and Play!

Did you know that learning to play a musical instrument has many benefits including the ability to bring down stress? You may think that you are past learning but it’s never too late to pick the guitar, piano, violin, drums, etc and learn how to play it! These are reasons why everyone should learn to play a musical instrument.

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  • Relieves Stress :  Studies show that playing an instrument helps in lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn lowers the stress hormones, thus making us feel relaxed.
  • Improves Memory:   Music and memory go hand in hand. Learning to play a musical instrument makes you both parts of your brain and this in turn boosts memory power.

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  • Teaches Discipline, Responsibility & Perseverance:  Learning to play an instrument takes time and effort which results in your learning patience and perseverance.  To get a musical phrase or an entire song down with as few mistakes as possible takes great focus and repetition. Since it is such a challenge, this teaches you self-discipline and the importance of maintaining a steady practice schedule.
  • Fosters Self Expression and Creativity: Stuck in everyday routine lives, many of us lose touch with our creative side. Learning to play a musical instrument, especially when you reach advanced levels can foster lost creativity. Since music education plays on your mental, emotional and cognitive abilities, the brain is stimulated to think out of the ordinary, which results in improved confidence level and creativity.

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  • Fun: Playing a musical instrument can bring back the fun factor into your life. Music has the special quality to bring joy, peace and fulfillment that helps lift the spirit and make life enjoyable  for everyone involved.

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Spreading the immense joy that music brings to all who wish to learn, was what motivate The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN)  to set up a music academy –SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary music with the aim of helping aspiring people learn music and to learn also how to play different musical instruments.