Monday, July 24, 2006

8th lagos book & art festival

We write to invite you to the 8th edition of the Lagos Book and Art Festival.

The Festival is an initiative aimed at helping totransform this country's teeming population into true human capital. It has been a major, fixed activity in the arts and culture calendar of Lagos City. Over 25,000 people participated at the Festivalat the same venue last year.

The Committee For Relevant Art (CORA), which organises the Festival, is a 15-year-old club of culture enthusiasts, with the mandate to do all it can, legally, to help boost the scope of appreciation ofall the contemporary arts of Nigeria.

What Does The Book and Art Festival Look Like?

This event is set up in a carnivalesque way to attract families and a public that seeks entertainment. All the last seven editions have been filled with fun and thrills, with a full band performing, galleries displaying art, theatre performances, and a series of art, craft, textile, dancing workshops focused on kids happening all over the open field. The festival features scores of book stands, symposiums on literature and book parties. There are at least four drama skits and full theatre productions on the festival grounds throughout the three-day duration of the Festival. The idea is to make 'The Book' have mass appeal. Ours is not a Book Fair. It's the city's prime culture picnic, an arts festival with a high Book content.

The 8th Book and Art Festival is expected to be opened by Professor Ayo Banjo, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan. The event's annual book talk, 'My Encounter with the Book', will be delivered byPat Utomi, professor of the social environment of business at the Lagos Business School. There's live music by a cast of highlife and Afrobeat bands, featuring Y. S. Akinnibosun and His Classic Band, Seyi Solagbade and The Black Face, Fatai Rolling Dollar and a host of other music stars.

The intellectual 'core' of the Festival is the symposium that features Book Reviews and a discussion around the infrastructure of reading. This year's colloquium will focus on the female narrative voice in Nigerian literature. A review of four books, including Peju Alatise's Crossroads, Helen Oyeyemi's The Icarus Girl, Mobolaji Adenubi's Splendid and Aracelli Aipoh's No Sense Of Limits will involve a panel of literary scholars and amateur book lovers in a conversation with the four female authors at the Muson Centre.

A full day of the Festival is dedicated to landmark birthday anniversary of four special people; ProfessorBiodun Jeyifo, who turned 60 in January, Professor PatUtomi, who turned 50 in March, Steve Rhodes, who turned 80 in April, Professor Femi Osofisan, who turned 60 in June and Benson Idonije, who turned 70 in June. The play, Moremi (Revised Standard Version), has been pencilled for performance on the second day of the Festival.

We thank you for doing what you do and for your beliefin the possibilities of this country.

Very truly yours,
Toyin Akinosho
Secretary General

Jahman Anikulapo
Programme Chair

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