Following the success of the 18th edition of the Lagos Book & Art Festival, LABAF, November 9-12, 2017 has been announced as the date for the 19th edition of the festival.
Themed Eruptions: Global Fractures and Collective Humanism, LABAF 2017 will be taking place at its traditional home, Freedom Park, Lagos.
The just ended 18th edition was dedicated to the dramatist, Professor Femi Osofisan, who, as designated Festival Special Guest of Honour, was present and made interventions to discussions during the various sessions.
Toyin Akinosho, Secretary General of CORA, while unveiling the theme said the 2017 festival will be dedicated to Poet laureate, Professor Niyi Osundare, who he described as “true national and cultural icon.” He said Osundare has influenced generation of younger poets and writers, helping them to find their voice and developing their own styles.
The LABAF, which was described by a critic as “the biggest culture picnic on the continent” started in 1999 to “help facilitate the readiness of our people for political freedom.” It is culture picnic primed to attract families and a public that seeks cultural entertainment. The festival is a comprehensive, four-day programme of events; readings and conversations around books, art and craft displays, kiddies’ art workshops and reading sessions, book exhibitions, live music and theatre performance, capacity building workshops and exhibitions, and critical seminars for different sectors of the creative industries.