Wednesday, November 3, 2010


THE Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, organisers of the Lagos Book and Art Festival, LABAF, invites you to the 12th edition holding November 12 through 14 at the National Theatre in Lagos.   According to the Festival secretariat located on 95 Bode Thomas street, Surulere, Lagos, the programmes have been designed to specifically target aspects of the theme for the year, which is Literacy and the Notion of Freedom. The festival is however dedicated to honouring the 80th birthday anniversary of Africa’s father of fiction, Prof. Chinua Achebe. The outline of the programme follows: Friday (November 12), 9am-1pm  Opening Glee by Crown Troupe of Africa, featuring dance drama and expressions(9 am) My Encounter with the Book - Oluboludele Simoyan [author, “The 8th Wonder of The World: Made In Nigeria”(11am) The Festival Colloquium(I): Theme: Literacy and Independence: Readings, Reviews, and discussions around You Must Set Forth At Dawn — Wole Soyinka; Nigeria: Africa’s failed asset? — Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, In-Dependence — Sarah Ladipo Manyika, To Saint Patrick — Eghosa Imasuen, When Citizen’s Revolt — Ike Okonta1-2pm: Opening Of Visual Art Exhibition/Live Music Interlude; Drama Skits, Wordslam3pm-5pm: The Festival Colloquium (II): Theme: A nation of storiesReadings, Reviews, and discussions around Tenants Of The House- — Wale Okediran,  Just Before Dawn — Kole Omotosho,  Half Of A Yellow Sun —  Chimamanda Adichie,  In My Father’s Country — Adewale Maja PearceDay 2, Saturday, November 13, 10am Children’s Programme “Talking Books with CATE” – You, Too, Can Write! A roundtable discussion on: ‘The Land of Kalamandahoo’- by Ruby Igwe [for 6-10yrs],‘The Missing Clock’- by Mai Nasara (Adeleke Adeyemi) [for 9-13yrs]11am: Town Talk: Can a book make you rich? A top notch panel of discussants review the role of books in economic empowerment and the financial dynamics of book publishing from the author’s perspective. Books: The Outlier, by Malcolm Gladwell, Minding Your Business By Leke Alder, 17 Secrets Of High Flying Students, by Fela DurotoyeMusical Interlude/Live Performance2pm  Writers Angst: Four young authors discuss the pains and joys of writing.3pm:  Lagos: 2060:What will be the fate of Lagos 100 years after independence? A panel of discussants will be set up to discuss the future of the mega-city and its continued role in inspiring, infuriating and enchanting writers across generations, taking a cue from the Lagos: 2060 project by DADA books.4pm-7pm: FESTIVAL BIRTHDAY BASH Music by: Fatai Rolling DollarFestival  Birthday Party For:  Uzor Maxim Uzoatu @50, Patrick Doyle at 50, Taiwo Obe @ 50, Dele Momodu at 50, Odia Ofeimun at 60, Eddie Aderinokun @70, Ambassador Olusola at 75, Fred Agbeyegbe @75, Mabel Segun @80, Chinua Achebe @80 . Day 3, Sunday, November 14,The programme features mainly the CORA renowned project to date the quarterly Art Stampede, which started I June 1991, under the theme: Folklore in Literature, Drama and film. It features a  panel discussion on the presence or absence of folklore influences in the literature and film of our time. Books to discuss include The Adventures of a Sugarcane Man: Femi Osofisan’s adaptation of Fagunwa’s Ireke Onibudo; Praying Mantis By Andre Brink; The Hidden Star, by Kabelo Sello Duiker, Allah Is Not Obliged — Ahmadou Korouma14. Kiddies Segment: Presentation of works from the Children’s Creativity Workshop. The Green Party – Fun! Fun! Fun!6pm (Drama Performance: Venue: TERRA KULTURE). Festival Play: Killing Swamp by Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo, Directed by Wole Oguntokun, Performance by Renegade Theatre for Theatre @Terra, November 2010, to Commemorate 15 Years Of The Death of Ken Saro- Wiwa, writer and environmentalist, who was killed by the state on November 10, 1995THERE is also a pre-festival programme, tagged Publishers’ Forum slated for Thursday November 11 at the Eko Hotel. It will feature discussions and interactions by publishers and writers on best way to move advance the cause and fortune of publishing and writing in the country. The organisers also informed that a few of the events may have minor changes in terms of details, while also disclosing that ongoing and already published projects by some of Nigerian writers and friends of the festival over the years would be unveiled during the festival.Contact: CORA secretary General/Festival CoordinatorToyin; 08057622415;; labaf09@gmail.comwww.coraartfoundation.org95, Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, Lagos

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