COVID-19: TAMPAN suspends theatre day celebrations

by Yinka Akanbi

…as Producers postpone election

The National Executive Council and Central Working Committee of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures’ Practitioners (TAMPAN) has suspended this year’s edition of its International Theatre Day celebration.

According to a statement signed by the President of the body, Bolaji Amusan, the move was in adherence to precautions given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) concerning the Coronavirus outbreak.

Continuing he said the decision became imperative as the event will be well attended by theatre practitioners, media practitioners as well as dignitaries within and outside Nigeria.

Initially slated for March 27, 2020 in Osogbo, the event has now been postponed indefinitely.

Amusan also stated that the Association’s decision on all film shoot locations and productions will be made known in 48 hours after deliberations by stakeholders.

In a similar development, the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) has postponed its National Elections indefinitely.

The Association, in a statement, signed by its President, Ralph Nwadike, said it is urgent to call of any activity that will see up to 50 persons gathered in a place in line with the Lagos State government’s restrictions.

“AMP National elections is paramount, but as a responsible Association, we are bond by laws and orders from appropriate authorities, especially information bothering on lives of our members. In view of the above, the AMP National elections has been put off till further notice,” the statement partly read.

However, he urged members to remain safe and follow every information necessary to helping in curbing the spread of the virus.

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