The 2020 Ondo State Festival of Art and Culture has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and insecurity currently plaguing the country, says the organiser of the event.
Dr Seyi Oshodi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oshodi Arts, organiser of the event, announced the postponement of the fiesta at a news conference on Friday in Akure.
He stressed that it would not be safe to organise such a festival that would bring together no fewer than 20,000 people from all parts of the world at this time of the pandemic.
He also noted that the activities lined up for the festival would make it somewhat difficult to control the crowd, as the event was expecting over 20,000 carnival floats.
Oshodi, however, promised that next year’s edition would be greater and better, saying that preparations for the fiesta would start in earnest to ensure a better outing, with the hope that the menace of COVID-19 would have fizzled out by then.
“All the plans for this year that we could not hold will be implemented next year, with new innovations and ideas to ensure that the festival is greater than the previous editions,” he said.
The maiden Ondo State Festival of Art and Culture was held in December 2018.