Enugu, the coal City has a very healthy and burgeoning arts scene. As a result, the Coal City has always been the watering hole for the art connoisseur.
With five universities and a polytechnic famous for its arts school, all located in the heart of the city. This is why quite a lot of artists and artistes retire to Enugu to enjoy its serene ambience. It is therefore inevitable that the Coal City will become, and has become an important destination for art enthusiasts.
Enugu Arts Calendar
There are two major art attractions that will delight the visitor. One happens bi-weekly – the performances at the Enugu Literary Society (ELS).
Slam Master, Ike Okere, the poet who was head of Enugu Zonal Station of Radio Nigeria, does his best to promote the Enugu Literary Society (ELS).
The other is a year-long artfest that is taken round the country, evaluating and creating a shortlist of spectacular artworks by budding artists. The Life in My City Arts Festival (LIMCAF) ship eventually berths at IMT Enugu where the finalists slug it out for the diadem.
The Obi of Onitsha and the redoubtable Mr. Kevin Ejiofor have for over a decade now been promoting the Life in My City Arts Festival which climaxes with a command performance in the Coal City.
There are many other art and literary societies doing different things in enugu. One has to pay attention to the announcements that always come on radio and through the social media regarding these events.
There are two famous cinemas in Enugu – Diamond and Viva Cinemas. Incidentally both of them are located in the two biggest malls in Enugu. One is at independence Layout and the other the is at the famous Polo Park which is housing Shoprite.
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Enugu City Arts Scene