“Unconventional”: 2021 Lagos Fringe opens at Freedom Park

The Lagos Fringe Festival 2021 has opened at the Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos with enlightening workshops, thrilling film screenings, amazing concerts and a lot more.

To take place as a hybrid multidisciplinary arts experience, the organisers say it will again engage participants, art lovers, enthusiasts, international and local audiences.

The festival, which commenced on Tuesday 23 November will run till Sunday  28 November, 2021.

The learning programme and workshops include Mobile Phone Cinematography, Grant Writing, Editing, Movement & Dance, Music Business & Production, Arts & Craft, as well as the highly anticipated Actors Bootcamp. 

There will also be  curated plays, some networking events and an Alternative Music Concert. The learning programme is in partnership with the Women in the Arts, Brighton Fringe and proudly supported by Nigerian-German Center for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration, GIZ NG.

According to the Festival Director, Mr. Kenneth Uphopho, “I am excited that we are going at it again like we’ve done for the past 8 years with festivals. There will be music as always, vendors’ market, film screenings and games. We have developed a very strong relationship with the visual arts community in the past years and this year we will see more exhibitions at the festival. Urban Flo UK, 5and10kraftzone Nigeria, Theo Lawson, Emma Umoren and a host of many others will be showing some of their creative pieces as well as engaging with new voices. Our film programme that we developed as ‘Nollywood Yesterday’, where we screen films from the early days of the cinema industry in Nigeria and also a platform that engages with master filmmakers, will take centre stage again this year. It’s even more interesting that we will just be coming off the back of Africa International Film Festival – ‘AFRIFF at 10’ celebration and ‘LABAF @30,’ so it will be a great potpourri of conversation and memories.”

Now in its fourth year, the theme of this year’s Lagos Fringe festival is ‘Unconventional’; it’s a programme that is carefully curated with the intention to reflect the times. Though the events will be slightly reduced this year, there will still be opportunities for networking, creative collaborations, lots of learning and fun activities.

The announcement by the organisers says that Lagos Fringe is back and better than ever with it’s fourth edition and focused this year on helping emerging artistes harness their skills in unconventional ways. This can be gleaned in the timetable for the workshops below for which íntended participants are expected to register at the festival’s website before hand:

Grant Writing By Kenneth Uphopho (23rd Nov)

Take Part @Brighton Fringe & Other UK festivals (Virtual) by Julian Caddy (23rd Nov)

Mobile Phone Cinematography & Editing Training by Harrison & Famakin (24th Nov)

Folk Music by Dr Debbie Ohiri (24th Nov)

Mobile Phone Cinematography & Editing Training (25th Nov)

Storytelling & Creative Writing Workshop by Ifeanyi Dibia (25th Nov)

Mobile Phone Cinematography & Editing Training by Harrison & Famakin (26th Nov)

Your Music career starts here (27th Nov)

Making the beat by Mela (26th Nov)

Leveraging Social Media For the Arts by ‘Tope Sanni (27TH Nov)

Craftmaking; Upcycling & Tie and dye by Bola Stephen & Deola ShayFaari (27TH Nov)

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