CARNIRIV: THE PORT HARCOURT CARNIVAL is currently set-up on 13 brands- each with its distinct identity, individuality and sellable potential. In developing these brands, RSTDA embedded in each a controlling philosophy and, by so doing, exposed these to the benefits of differentiated corporate sponsorship. These brands include:
• KIDS’ CARNIVAL
• CARNIRIV PRAISE JAM
• CARNIRIV COLLOQUIUM
• DANCE OF FIREFLIES
• HOSH JAM
• REGGAE 360
• EKERE: RHYTHM OF THE TRIBES
• OLD PORT HARCOURT TOWN GROOVE
• INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE PARADE
• INTERNATIONAL AQUATIC FIESTA
• GARDEN CITY FREESTYLE PARADE
• WORLD PEACE CONCERT
Brief Info Of The 13 Brands
This Carnival is a strong reflection of the importance attached to Children in CARNIRIV, and by extension Tourism Development, in Rivers State.
The Children’s Carnival is designed as a mini-procession, commencing at the Elekahia play-ground and culminating in the Liberation Stadium (Elekahia)- where Children will be treated to a carnival full offun, refreshment, leisure and unrestrained entertainment befitting of an ice-breaker event in anticipation of the Grand opening of CARNIRIV 2012
CARNIRIV PRAISE JAM
The Carniriv Praise Jam is a praise fiesta of colourful and inspiration gospel artistes drawn from the international and continental sphere to launch the carniriv brand in a night of unstoppable gospel rhythms.
The Carniriv Colloquium is convergence of literally minds exclusively on invitation to unveil a classified discuss on a topic of pedigree centered on certain importance to humanity.
DANCE OF FIREFLIES
A creatively borne event centered around the old long crave of a few village folks sitting round the fire in the cold of the evening perhaps digesting a folktale form an elderly man and enjoying the rhythmic displays of the spectacular fuse of the fireflies. Its a replay of nature in its most refined orthodoxy and centers on the importance of the dance exhibited by this unique creatures, the fireflies.
HOSH Jam! is a concert which reminiscences the splendor, ease and rustic charm of night Life in the 60s and 70s. It echoes the swagger and carefree spirits of the 21st century.
High Life and Hip Life share familial ties with the former as forebear of the latter. In the HOSH Jam, the old collaborates with the new in an enthralling “Old School” ambience .
Top Highlife exponents in West Africa, in league with Hip Life musicians from Diaspora are expected to grace the HOSH Jam stage
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. Select black musicians from the Americas, the islands of the Caribbean, Europe and the continent of Africa, armed with a prayer for global unity, are expected at this festival
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 feast.Top local and international artistes are expected to storm the Reggae-360 stage.
EKERE: RHYTHM OF THE TRIBES
Cultural displays encapsulate the spice and essence of the pure Rivers Carnival spirit. These showcase the diversity of our primal artistic fervor, and the glamour of our patrician heritage.As exhibited by the 23 Local Government Areas- through the media of dance, masquerade displays and puppetry- cultural displays at the carnival, have markedly evolved with more colour and pageantry.This year, the displays are to be staged in three parts, over a three-day spread. With each part certain to thrill audiences with ostentatious displays of our collective pride and ancientness.
WORLD PEACE CONCERT
The carnival draws to a close; and what better way to cap an entirely entertaining week, than with a rhythm-filled message of peace?
The World Peace Concert bears this message and delivers it via the vocal chords of some of the finest apostates of music worldwide amidst a rhapsody of spectacular fireworks.
INTERNATIONAL AQUATIC FIESTA
Revered as the ‘boat Regatta”, the international aquatic festival has evolved into an international brand meant to showcase the divers marine cultural heritage of the Rivers people. With a significant area of the state being riverine, the people have a vested culture that relates with the sea and her amazing creatures and features. It is a display of man’s priceless encounter with nature in the most colourful way…
INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE PARADE
In true carnival style, contingents of the 23 LGAs engage a procession (on a pre-defined route) through the streets of Port Harcourt- showcasing enthralling dances and masquerade displays as they do so.All of these performances are embedded in colourful floats gigged with impressive icons. This year, the Heritage parade goes international with the inclusion of troupes from Malaysia and South Africa as honorary participants.
GARDEN CITY FREESTYLE PARADE
The carnival here enters its final day, and the hype and excitement portend to a crescendo. Glamour, style and pageantry all fuse into one fine artistic blend in a contemporary modern cultural procession through the streets of Port Harcourt.
Traditionally, 6 bands participate in this procession; with 5 bands (namely: Jubilee, Liberation, Dynamic, Fusion and Treasure Bands) all wrapped-up in fervent competition.