The Lagos Book and Art Festival, one of Africa’s well known and well loved literary festivals returns with its 23rd edition. The annual culture picnic, which started as a celebration of Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, now boasts of a diverse array of writers, thinkers, critics and other public intellectuals.
The good thing about LABAF, as it is fondly called is its ability to attract resource persons and guests from multiple generations. The 2021 edition which is fittingly dedicated to Dame Taiwo Ajai-Lycett begins on the 15th of November 2021 with the opening of the CORA Young Creative club workshop and closes with a live show on the 21st of November 2021.
The festival event includes book treks, book readings, colloquiums, symposiums, exhibitions, book reviews and mentoring session for students on the importance of education through the arts by veteran actress, Joke Silva. There is also an evening of libations dedicated to Professor JP Clark-Bekederemo with Professor Ebun Clark and family as special guests of honour. Another event celebrates landmark birthdays of distinguished contributors to the Nigerian cultural life.
The festival, hosted by cultural advocacy group, Committee for relevant Arts (CORA) and supported by numerous organisations held its maiden edition in Lekki but has chosen Freedom Park has its base. It has also expanded and this year’s edition boasts of over 50 books and events. The detailed programme of events is available here on the LABAF website.