August 19, 2018

3rd Lagos International Poetry Festival draws poets, writers, artists all over the world

3rd Lagos International Poetry Festival draws poets, writers, artists all over the world

The Lagos International Poetry Festival (LIPFest17) will return for a third edition from November 1 – 5 at Freedom Park with 30 poets, writers and artists from across the globe.

The organisers have said that this year’s event features three evenings of performances, nine panels, six workshops, one party and an adventure to Badagary.

“When 30 poets, writers and artists from across the globe gather in one of the most exciting cities in the world, what you get is a feast of conversations, performances, parties, and everything exciting,” said a statement from the organisers.

Speaking on what to expect at this year’s edition, festival founder and director Efe Paul Azino said, “It’s going to be very exciting. We have a diverse guest list with poets from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and across Africa. This year’s theme, ‘Bridges From Walls’, explores art’s capacity to unite us around our common humanity and we have put together a series of events that express the universal desire for love, joy and the fulfilment that comes from engaging our talents.”

Chris Abani

Some of the guest highlights of LIPFest17 include US-based Nigerian writer Chris Abani, and South African sensation KolekaPutuma. Events to look forward to include Jollof Verses and Palmwine Music, Poetry After Dark: Poems Apostle Must Not Hear, Collective Amnesia: An Evening with Koleka Putuma and Sabrina Mafouz, Poetry Masterclass with Chris Abani, multiple panel discussions, and many more.

Festival’s like LIPFest are an expression of the creative ferment taking place in Nigeria and across Africa, with diverse artistic expressions fashioning new narratives and expanding the creative economy. So it’s another year of words, song, and all the awesomeness in between, and roads lead to Freedom Park, where the Lagos International Poetry Festival opens on the 1st of November. The Lagos International Poetry Festival is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries. Follow www.lagospoetryfestival.com for the full program and other details.

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