The Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism will hold the 2023 World Dance Day celebration on Tuesday, May 2.

The ministry, in a notice, said the event, slated to take place at Sir Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub, Benin City, will begin at 10am.

“This year’s celebration is to show appreciation for the global art form of dance, with the aim of encouraging people to participate and enjoy dance as an art form,” the ministry said.

International Dance Day, a global celebration of dance, is celebrated on 29 April every year, which is the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), considered to be the “father” or creator of modern ballet (i.e., classical or romantic ballet as we know it today), according to information on Wikipedia.

The day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO, and has been celebrated since 1982.

This year, the theme of the celebration is “Dance—A Way to Communicate with the World”, highlighting how dance can be a powerful tool for communication across different cultures, ethnicities, and political boundaries.