The 19th edition of Lagos Book and Arts Festival began just a day after the historic trip (to Badagry) that ended the third edition of Lagos International Poetry Festival on November 6 at Freedom Park, with the theme ‘Eruptions: Global Fractures and our Common Humanity’, a synonymous tag to LIPF’s ‘Bridges and Walls’.
‘Since its birth in 1999 by the Committee for Relevant Art, LABAF has manifested as a yearly ritual for top-notch publishers, adherent book lovers, literary activists, artists of all hues, etc. and has attracted huge patronage from members of the public across ages and divergent persuasions,’ LABAF committee said.
This year’s edition scheduled to run between November 6 and 12 has been uniquely organized to celebrate Professor Niyi Osundare at 70, a literary icon that has won several awards and stretched to include fully packed feast of ideas and life with activities like book trek on day 1 at the garden of British Council. Day 2 featured seminar at Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery and exhibition at the Museum Building. Day 3 will feature the conversation and reader’s forum. On day 4, publisher’s forum, art house forum, book trek 2 and icebreaker cocktails will take over at Goethe-Intitut and Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery and Amphitheatre respectively while days 5,6 and 7 will feature mentoring, exhibition, performance arts, symposium, colloquium, authors’ convention, project, art house forum, LABAF jazz jamz, film screening, art stampede, grand poetry slam and drama.