The Alkebulan Art & Fashion Festival will on November 18 and 19 rock the foundations of Freedom Park, Lagos with its exciting medley of cultural festivities, organisers of the maiden edition of the festival have said.
Beginning at 10am daily, the theme is ‘Heritage: A bridge to the future’, which encompasses the goal of the festival that heritage and culture should be propagated and used as a means of positively transforming society.
“Alkebulan is believed to be the name of indigenous origin for the continent now known as Africa. It means ‘Mother of Mankind’ and was used by the Moors, Nubians and Ethiopians. It is believed that Africa, the name used by everyone today, was given to this continent by the ancient Greeks and Romans,” the organisers said in a statement.
The CEO of enye interiors limited and founder of the festival, Kokwe Yebovi, said created it “with the understanding that it is necessary to appreciate and reconnect with our original cultural identity as a foundation to building a sustainable socio-economic future.”
While celebrating the arts, community and family values, the Alkebulan Festival will also seek to fill the knowledge gap that has separated many generations from their heritage, with a series of lectures and symposiums.
The organisers said the festival will also provide a much-needed opportunity to promote and encourage innovators and entrepreneurs who are blazing the trail with locally manufactured products in order to empower communities economically.
A unique highlight of the festival is the Alkebulan Collection, an exhibition of traditional works of art gathered from various parts of the West African Region by Ms. Yebovi over a period of 15 years. These sculptural pieces are ambassadors of the cultures from which they were created.
The contemporary art exhibition titled ‘Àjí-Dìdé – Awakening’, “is a cutting edge display of paintings, photography, digital imagery, installation and performance art by renowned artists and a few surprising ones” Ms. Yebovi said.
Other features of the festival include: spectacular art installations, artistic performances in music, dance and uniquely Alkebulan sporting events and games, innovative fashion and textile design, food and drink celebrating local produce, music, dance and so much more.
The serene ambience of Freedom Park provides a perfect natural setting for the event. For all lovers of art, creativity, music and great entertainment, this is truly the ‘Unmissable Festival’!
The festival is organised by enyé interiors limited in partnership with Freedom Park, Lagos.