AS part of the year-end’s season of arts festivals, Lagos Fringe 2021 is also gearing up for a hybrid multidisciplinary arts experience again to engage participants, arts lovers, enthusiasts, international and local audience. Lagos Fringe will hold November 23 – 28, 2021. Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, is still the festival hub for this year’s fringe and a major partner for the Lagos Fringe Festival.
The learning programme and workshops include Mobile Phone Cinematography, Grant Writing, Editing, Movement & Dance, Music Business & Production, Arts & Craft, as well as the highly anticipated Actors Bootcamp. There will also be curated plays, some networking events and an Alternative Music Concert. The learning programme is in partnership with the Women in the Arts, Brighton Fringe and proudly supported by Nigerian-German Center for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration, GIZ NG.
According to the Festival Director, Mr. Kenneth Uphopho, “I am excited that we are going at it again like we’ve done for the past 8 years with festivals. There will be music as always, vendors’ market, film screenings and games. We have developed a very strong relationship with the visual arts community in the past years and this year we will see more exhibitions at the festival. Urban Flo UK, 5and10kraftzone Nigeria, Theo Lawson, Emma Umoren and a host of many others will be showing some of their creative pieces as well as engaging with new voices. Our film programme that we developed as ‘Nollywood Yesterday’, where we screen films from the early days of the cinema industry in Nigeria and also a platform that engages with master filmmakers, will take centre stage again this year. It’s even more interesting that we will just be coming off the back of Africa International Film Festival – ‘AFRIFF at 10’ celebration and LABAF, so it will be a great potpourri of conversation and memories.”
Now in its 4th year, the theme of this year’s Lagos Fringe festival is ‘Unconventional’; it’s a programme that is carefully curated with the intention to reflect the times. Though the events will be slightly reduced this year, there will still be opportunities for networking, creative collaborations, lots of learning and fun activities.