Lagos Book & Art Festival, (LABAF) set for November 4-10, 2019
The 21st edition of the Lagos Book & Art Festival (LABAF) will take
place from November 4-10, 2019 at Freedom Park,
Lagos Island and other venues around the
LABAF which has been described as ‘Africa’s biggest cultural picnic, is a week-long comprehensive open-air carnivalesque ‘feast of Life and Ideas’, featuring a mixed-grill of events including: exhibitions of books and arts, live reading sessions; children and youths art workshops; live music and many more.
This year’s edition which will proceed under the theme – “EMERGE… Breaking into the NEW” is
dedicated to the memory of the multimedia artist, David
Herbert Dale, who passed on in the morning
of Tuesday, August 6, 2019. There will also be a celebration of writers and
other creatives who passed away during the year. The list includes Bisi Silva, Okwui
Enwezor, Pius Adesanmi, Paul Emema, Eddie Ugbomah, Molara Ogundipe, Frank Okonta
This year’s festival theme has
been described by the Committee of Relevant Arts, organizers of LABAF, as a
natural sequel to the themes of the past two editions of the festival: ERUPTIONS: Global
Fractures and the Our Common Humanity (2017) and RENEWAL: Towards a World
that Works for All (2018)”.
The 31-odd events that will feature in the week-long festival will use the written word, the published text, The Book, and the rest of the arts, to examine the possibilities that the world may emerge from its deeply entrenched divides. What can literary arts tell us about Nigeria’s emergence around 20 years of Nigeria’s democracy; the shifting political events and discourses around the continent; as well as development in/around global politics.
The conversations will engage literature, whether fiction or non-fiction, that construct the narratives of
“Break Out”, the egg-hatching type of break out, around humanity, the
community, the nation state and the globe.
Jahman Anikulapo, Programme Chairman of CORA and the
Director of LABAF says that “the concept of using fictional and non-fictional
works to highlight the process of nation building have been part of the
central philosophy of the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) since its birth
in 1999 to mark the return of Nigeria to democratic governance after over three
decades of military regimes”.