All is now set for the 16th annual Lagos Book and Art Festival taking place from Friday, November 14 to Sunday, November 16, at the Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.
Powered by the Committee for Relevant Arts, LABAF is an annual culture picnic with a high book content primed to attract families and a public that seeks cultural entertainment.
According to one of the founders, Mr. Jahman Anikulapo, the festival is a 16-year old event established in 1999, the year of the nation’s return to democracy, to call attention to the importance of literacy. He adds that the festival is always filled with fun and thrills, with live band and theatre performances, galleries displaying art, and a series of art, craft, textile, dancing workshops focused on kids happening all over the open field.
Anikulapo, who is a former Editor of The Sunday Guardian, adds, “The theme for this year’s Festival is Freedom and the Word. We are hosting a series of robust conversations centred on the theme, through which the audience can appreciate the place of historical narratives in city making and indeed, nation building.
The 2014 Lagos Art and Book Festival is in honour of Prof. Wole Soyinka at 80.
“The pre-festival events kick off on the 10th and end on the 13th of November. The events to look forward to are the Book Trek, creative writing workshop, and a publisher’s forum. The Book Trek will take place at the British Council in Ikoyi, Lagos and it is designed to ignite a passion for reading amongst children, young adults and anyone with an appetite suspicion for books.”
This will be followed by a one-day creative writing workshop organised by the British Council for aspiring writers. The final pre-festival event is the publisher’s forum. The discussions will focus on cutting operational costs and making profits by taking advantage of the marketing opportunities e-media presents.