They say time flies when you are having fun. Get ready for some massive fun at Nigeria’s biggest book and arts fiesta, Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF), which will hold from November 4 – 10 at Freedom Park, Lagos. The 21-yer-old festival will feature poetry, jazz, art projects, a festival for children and much more. You don’t want to miss out on the fun and here are 6 reasons why you shouldn’t.
PROJECT @Kongi’s Harvest
The exhibition with the theme: Wole Soyinka:
Timeless Memories: Elastic Effects, which celebrates the Nobel Laureate @t 85
will open from 4 pm on Monday, November 4, 2019. Curated by Damola Adebowale
for ASIRI Magazine, the exhibition project seeks to understand and showcase
from the perspective of the Icon, 25 most important defining moments. The
exhibition will feature Art Pieces, Video Installation and Virtual Reality.
ARE WELCOME TO THE GREEN FESTIVAL
When it comes to LABAF Children are never left
out. On Friday, November 5, 2019 at 9 am, the Green Festival, which is the
segment for kids, will welcome hundreds of pupils and students from as many as
50 schools from around Lagos as they converge on the festival grounds to
participate in the “Feast of Life and Ideas”. Through the sessions curated by
the Care for the Environment (CATE), founded by the Environmental author and
activist, Sola Alamutu aka Green Queen (GQ), the young ones will partake in
mentoring and workshop sessions that help them discover their talents and/or
sharpen their skills through creative activities such as writing, reading,
storytelling, spelling bees, drama, dance, poetry and music.
FORUM @Goethe Institut
The 9th edition of Publishers’ Forum, in
association with Quramo Publishing Limited is perhaps the only event of the
festival not taking place at freedom Park. Scheduled to hold at 10 am on
Thursday, November 7, 2019 under the theme: How to Capture 200 Million Readers
in Five Years, it is for publishers, writers and book enthusiasts as well as
activists to discuss emerging opportunities and stubborn challenges in the
publishing eco-system. The Nigeria Copyright Commission will make a special
presentation on Digital Publishing and copyright imperative. The session is in
continuation of the NCC’s Creative Industry-outreach programme in its
On Sunday, November 10, 2019, beginning from 8 pm
performing poets across ages, styles and orientation will gather at the
literary party that will close the week-long festival. They will dwell mostly
on the theme of the festival but are allowed to riff on subjects and issues
around our collective human conditions.
CONVERSATION @Food Court
The final event for Friday, November 8, 2019
begins at 7 pm. It is for lovers of music especially jazz, highlife and
afro-fusion and will feature conversations produced by Peter Fisher for the PF
OF THE ANCESTORS – While LABAF2019 is dedicated to the memory of
artist, David Dale, there will be further tributes and eulogies for other
creatives of various stripes who transited from this realm in the past year.
LABAF will be honouring the memories of newly minted ancestors like Bisi Silva, Okwui Enwezor, Pius Adesanmi, Paul Emema, Eddie
Ugbomah, Molara Ogundipe, Stella Oyedepo, Jide Ogungbade, Frank Okonta, and Idowu
Nubi. It will take place on Wednesday November 6, 2019 at the Food Court.