Taking place at Freedom Park, Lagos from the 18th-25th of April, 2015, the line up of activities for the 2015 Lagos Black Heritage Festival promises to be a feast for lovers of theatre.
With the Theme: Drama, and Dance-Drama, which was inspired by news of an impending visit by the historic Globe Theatre in England, and was a major factor in LBHF’s decision to prolong its break from the geography based thematic series – The Black in theMediterraneanBlue – on which the Festival embarked in 2012. The visit of a famed professional theatre seemed too good an opportunity to miss for calling attention to the yet impoverished local status of Theatre.
However the festival had to be shifted from its earlier scheduled dates by a full month because of the Nigerian elections. Despite this setback, the organizers believe that the festival will invigorate interest in the theatrical arts, underlining the practical challenges with which the home-grown version has to contend in virtually every aspect of dramatic presentation.
Highlights of the festival include
Vision of the Child — Children/Pupils Competition and Exhibition Programme
Masquerade Parade from Badagry
Exhibitions – Children Art & Art fair/Bazaar
Do Your own Thing – Talent hunt programme for youths
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
One of the plays to look forward to is THE BEATIFICATION OF AREA BOY, written & directed by Wole Soyinka which will premiere in Nigeria at the festival. Subtitled “A Lagosian Kaleidoscope”, the action takes us through the seamy underbelly of a bustling, chaotic and predatory environment that still seethes beneath the surface of the city, despite all physical transformation since the departure of the military.
There will also be film screenings of the iMagineering Lagos in 2060 project and Finding Fela, an 87-minute documentary by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney on the life and career of the Afrobeat music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
For event times and venues please visit www.lagosblackheritagefestival.com
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