January 10, 2019

Rele returns with the YC’s, Big Band Friday at The Park and Sefi Reads at Q

TOP EVENTS: Rele Gallery is opening the New Year this Sunday with Young Contemporaries 2019, the fourth edition of its annual exhibition of bright young artists in their twenties. Next weekend, Sefi Attah will read and discuss her novels, plays, short stories and children books with hundreds of guests in attendance at her 55th Birthday. Before these two, we head to Freedom Park this Friday evening, the 11th of January, for a Big Band performance..

Lagos city’s arts and culture calendar brims with activity in Galleries, Bookshops, Theatres, Concert Halls, Parks, in the first month of the new year…

A Selected list:


Submit your manuscript

January 1-March 31, 2019

Kachifo, the Nigerian publisher of prose fiction and other writing genres, with the lead imprint Farafina, is calling for manuscripts from writers. The current call runs from now till MARCH 31, 2019. “Please send an email to submissions@kachifo.com, including a strong excerpt of about three chapters or 10,000 words saved in Microsoft Word, a one-page synopsis of the work, and a short author bio”. The company made its name from being the West African publisher of Chimamanda Adichie’s award winning novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun as well as Sefi Atta’s widely acclaimed Everything Good Will Come. It also helped birth Adichie’s yearly writers’ workshop through Farafina Trust.  To submit your manuscript, visit www.kachifo.com for submission guidelines. Send all enquiries to submissions@kachifo.com


Ol’ Skool Groove

Featuring Freedom Park House Dee Jay, Ray Bee Browne. VENUE: Freedom Park, Old Prison Grounds, Broad Street/Campbell Street, Lagos Island. Thursday; January 10, 2019. Time: 7pm.


Big Band Friday

Featuring Lu’Femi & The Afrikannas Band. VENUE: Freedom Park, Old Prison Grounds, Broad Street/Campbell Street, Lagos Island. Friday; January 11, 2019. Time: 7pm.


Young Contemporaries 2019

Rele Gallery is “delighted to introduce six young artists who have worked diligently over the past four months. The results will be presented at the annual Young Contemporaries exhibition opening on Sunday 13th January 2019 Time: 3:00PM Venue: Rele Gallery, 5 Military Street Onikan, Lagos



Stories &Stills

An intimate documentary storytelling workshop with Damilola Onafuwa. 10 Slots Only. Register by texting 07035129592. Or email: damilolaonafuwa@gmail.com. VENUE: Not Yet Published.



Sade Adu@60

Elite Resources and Polkadot presents The Soul Conversations; A Sade @ 60 Tribute edition designed to celebrate singer, Sade Adu 60 years of age and bringing all Sade Adu lovers to come experience Live music from local musicians that would sing, dance and dress and serenade the audience like Sade Adu. Event is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2019 Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm. VENUE: Backyard Bar & Grill, 4b Musa Yar’ Adua Street Victoria Island This Event is proudly supported by: Budweiser, Smooth FM 98.1, Tush Magazine, Your Hit List Magazine, Olodo Nation.


Sefi Attah Celebrates 55th birthday, at Quintessence

Seasoned author Sefi Attah (Everything Good Will Come, The Swallow, A Bit of Difference) turns 55 this January 2019 and will be “celebrating” at Quintessence Gallery in Parkview Ikoyi. Bookaholics, literary enthusiasts, culture vultures and the art-house crowd are invited to attend the readings and Q&A at VENUE:Quintessence Gallery, 1, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi on (Date); January 19, 2019, at (Time) 3pm, as this quintessential narrator of Lagos lore “reflects on her journey and works”. Please come to interact, socialise and celebrate with her.


Have You Heard? By Joy Isi Bewaji

An experimental stage play created and directed by  the effervescent writer, critic, show host, agent provocateur, Joy Isi Bewaji. VENUE: 10A, Kafayat Abdulrazaq Street, off Fola Osibo, Lekki Phase 1  on (Date); January 24, 2019, at (Time) 6pm



Light in the Dark

Ekene Som Mekwunye’s Light in Dark, featuring, majorly, Kalu Ikeagu, Rita Dominic and Joke Silva. It tells the story of how far two people are willing to go to keep their inter-tribal marriage together after they suffer a big attack that tests the love between them.

Release Date: January 25, 2019, Venue: All the Cinemas in Lagos


Book Club Hangout IV

By IREAD Book Club. Date: January 26th 2019 Time: 9am-12pm Venue: Seaside Cottage Theatre 130, Community Road Akoka, Bariga, Lagos.



Sunshine Book Club reads at Quintessence

Sunshine Book Club, a band of passionate Book enthusiasts, meets in Ikoyi to start its third year.  It’s a monthly meeting. The club will be discussing Oyinkan Braithwaite’s novel, My Sister, The Serial Killer.  VENUE: Quintessence Bookshop, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.  Date: Saturday; January 26, 2019. Time: 11am.



Featuring Fashion, Art, Entertainment, Food & Culture. VENUE: Muri Okunola  Park, Victoria Island. Date: Saturday and Sunday; January 26-27, 2019. Time: 2pm.


Tenstrings: Ones 2 Watch

Live music by several musicians scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2019 Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm. VENUE: Freedom Park, Lagos Island.

The City Arts Calendar, published twice every week, is compiled by Lucia Shimmers, who could be reached at shimmersservices@gmail.com. It is edited by Seun Alabiowo and TA.



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