2016 Calabar Christmas Carnival Dates and Venues

The Africa’s Biggest Street Party is here again!!! It is the Calabar Christmas Carnival 2016. It is the largest and most entertaining carnival you can find in Africa. Celebrating Africa’s heritage and culture, the 2016 edition is here again with the theme “Climate Change”. I bring to you 2016 Calabar Christmas Carnival Dates and Venues”.

carnival1The Calabar Christmas Carnival began in 2004 under the leadership of Governor Donald Duke. The main vision was the make Calabar, the capital of Cross River, the number one tourist attraction centre in the whole of Africa. It has elevated Calabar to the echelon of tourism, carnivals and hospitality.

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carnival2The 2016 Calabar Christmas Carnival Dates and Venues provides the platform to showcase not only the state’s riches in culture, but also for international artistes, business brands and marketing opportunities. There are 5 major band groups competing for the cash award. They are Seagull, Passion 4, Masta-Blasta, Bayside and Freedom.carnival3

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The Carnival has also had different international bands participate. Some of them include the Flamingo of Spain, Italian Flag Twirlers, Drumming Wonders of Burundi, Urukereza of Rwanda,  Ghana cultural troupe, Masai dancers from Kenya, Vai Vai Samba of Brazil and Nigeria etc. There will be different categories of events. You can’t miss this!!!

carnival42016 Calabar Christmas Carnival Dates and Venues

This 2016 edition promises to be bigger, better and richer! The Carnival is a month long celebration. It runs from Dec 1st-31st yearly. The programs for this year are divided into 4 weeks. They are:

  1. The Millenium Week (1-10 Dec 2016),
  2. The Sports Fiesta (12-17 Dec 2016),
  3. The TINAPA Family Fun Festival (19-24 Dec 2016)
  4. The Carnival Week (25-31 Dec 2016)

carnival5The grand-finale would be at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar. Date is 28th December. The competition attracts and additional 15,000 seated spectators and 10,000 others in an around the stadium, as well as 50 million TV viewers. There would be music, dance, drama and virtual creativity.

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You can not afford to miss this carnival-like-no-other. Get prepared and spend your yuletide holiday in Calabar. Are you ready? keep your questions, comments and contribution flowing. we will give you a prompt response. Thank you.

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