LAGOS BOOK & ART FESTIVAL(LABAF):”The biggest Culture Picnic on the Continent”


:: LAGOS BOOK & ART FESTIVAL (LABAF)::

Dubbed “The biggest Culture Picnic on the Continent”, LABAF is an art festival with a heavy book content and is a testament to the commitment of CORA that the only way to translate the ‘teeming’ population of Nigeria into a true human resource is to develop their mind. It is an international event with participants drawn from scholars, writers, artists and journalists from all over the world.

The Lagos Book and Art Festival is an advocacy idea; we are promoting the idea of people reading books; gaining knowledge, freeing themselves from ignorance. There are reading workshops for teenagers; panel discussions on contents of selected books; cross cultural exchange between Nigerian writers and writers from elsewhere in the world; book exhibitions and sales by publishers, book sellers, embassies etc; art and craft sales and art exhibition.

LAGOS BOOK AND ART FESTIVAL 2007: TENTATIVE PROGRAMME

THEME
Literacy As Democracy Dividend

DATE
NOVEMBER 9-11, 2007

VENUE
NATIONAL THEATRE, IGANMU, LAGOS

KEY LITERARY EVENTS
PANEL DISCUSSIONS. DIALOGUES. CONVERSATIONS. ARTHOUSE PARTIES.

(0)ARTHOUSE PARTIES
(a.)Opening Reception – 50 Years Of Things Fall Apart Groundbreaking ceremony for the series of worldwide events starting January 2008: 10am, Friday, November 9, 2007
(b.)Book Presentation-A Voyage Around Wole Soyinka, by Gerd Meuer

(1)COLLOQIUM
12NOON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007
Theme: Constructing a Nation: 40 Years after the first shot in Biafra.
Reviews, readings and discussions of Civil War Literature; Novels, Drama and Non Fiction Works including Ekwensi’s Divided We Stand, Chimamanda Adichie’s Half Of A Yellow Sun, Dulue Mbachu’s War Games, Olusegun Obasanjo’s My Command, Eddie Iroh’s Toads Of War, Chukwuemeka Ike’s Sunset At Dawn and Rasheed Gbadamosi’s Echoes From The Lagoon.

(2)INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE
2.30PM ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007
Theme: Challenges of Liberal Democracy In Africa
William Mervin Gumede, author of Thabo Mbeki and The Battle For The Soul of the ANC spars with Dare Babarinsa, author of House Of War

(3.)PANEL DISCUSSION
12NOON ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2007
Theme: MENDing the damage: Literature and the Niger Delta Crisis
A panel discussion on Literatures borne out of the Niger Delta crisis
Discussants include Oronto Douglas(Where Vultures Feast), Ken Wiwa (In The Shadow Of A Saint), Ahmed Yerima (Hard Ground), Nicholas Shaxson (Poisoned Wells), and Kaine Agary(Yellow Yellow)

ARTHOUSE PARTIES-Part 2
2-3PM Saturday, November 10,2007.
Music, Wine and Dance For Fatai Rolling Dollar at 80, Femi Asekun at 75, Tunde Oloyede at 60, Yemi Ogunbiyi at 60. Bandstand: Fata Rolling Dollar, Seyi Solagbade, Adunni Nefretiti

(4.)SYMPOSIUM
3PM ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2007
Theme: Writing In: Tales from the Diaspora
The emerging Nigerian literature outside the borders of Nigeria
Features discussions of Segun Afolabi”s Caine award winning short story Monday Morning, Biyi Bandele’s The Street, Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck , Diana Evans’26A, Helen Oyeyemi’s Icarus Girl and Diran Adebayo’s Some Kind Of Black

2PM ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2007
ART STAMPEDE
*The Myth and Realities Of A Golden Age Of Book Reading.
Chair: *Uncle Steve Rhodes Panelists: *Rasheed Gbadamosi,*Mobolaji Adenubi, *Akin Adesokan*Dulue Mbachu,

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