The Lagos Black Heritage festival 2015 is almost here. The big culture feast holds from 18th April to 25th April. The Lagos Black Heritage Festival celebrates African creativity with traditional and contemporary Dance, Music, Painting, Photo Exposition, Drama, Design and Fashion Display, an International Symposium, Film and Video Fiesta and other artistic and intellectual offerings, both inter-state and international. The series of events for this year opens at Freedom Park with the central theme being Drama.
According to the festival consultant in the festival message, Professor Wole Soyinka says the theme was inspired by NEWS of an impending visit by the historic Globe Theatre in England . He says the recent visit of the Shakespeare’s Globe seemed too good an opportunity to miss for calling attention to the impoverished status of theatre in Nigeria.
“This year’s excursion into Drama as central theme does offer a special contribution to the artistic trail blazed by these visitors. Its format was inspired by an increasing awareness of the need to bring theatre closer to the people, not merely confine it to predictable, albeit efficiently structured venues. Directors were selected, then encouraged to scout for optional spaces that they find most appropriate to their choice of plays – bare spaces, night clubs, open pavilions etc. – thus weaning drama of domination by ‘congenial confinement.’ Freedom Park will therefore constitute only one of this year’s drama venues, though without abandoning its role as the hub of the Festival.”
Festival highlights include:
- The Vision of the Child
- The Beatification Of Area Boy
- The Tragedy of King Christophe
- Night of the Poets
- Seizing Sambissa
- TARZAN Monologues
- Masquerade Parade from Badagry
- Exhibitions – Children Art & Art fair/Bazaar
- Do Your own Thing
- Drama & Dance Drama – six plays on showcase
- Poetry & Music – Night of the Poets
- Meet The Artiste Showcase – The Stage & Screen Career of Olu Jacobs
- Film Screenings – Documentary & Experimental Films
- Music Performances – Live from Emukay; Jimi Solanke; Eko Brass Band and more
We are particularly looking forward to the Boat regatta on the Lagos lagoon along Ozumba Mbadiwe on the 19th of April.
Head on to lagosblackheritagefestival.com to get events time-table