By Japhet Alakam
For four days, June 4 to June 7, 2014, the city of Lagos will be treated to an unforgettable experience as Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria [TAF] returns with a second edition themed ‘Telling Our Stories’.
The festival which debuted a year ago will feature an assortment of events spread out through four days at the prestigious arts and culture hub, Terra Kulture,Victoria Island, Lagos.
The debut edition of the festival, which held in June 2013, garnered rave reviews from a stage adaptation of Bobo Omotayo’s bestselling book London Life Lagos Living, a children’s show, screening of short films, Open Mic Theatre, a mega concert, and the final closing ‘Ankara Ball’; a grand evening of amazing performances and fine dining.
Based on the success recorded in the first edition, the second edition of the festival will be a 4 day cocktail of rich events telling the Nigerian and African story through Music, Spoken word, literature, dance, fashion, a workshop and the stage production of a book by an ‘interesting’ female writer.
Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts is a carefully planned collection of events, and the team is working to ensure everyone who attends has a memorable experience, a goal Taruwa has strived to achieve over the years.
“Fulfillment for us comes from seeing the smiles on the faces of our audience after experiencing a stage production, a music performance or any of our shows and we got a lot of that, including rave reviews at last year’s edition of the festival” Says Bee Azubike, Creative Director, Taruwa “This year, we plan to give our audience an even better experience through remarkable stories”
Though in its second year, the passionate team at TAF plans for the festival to be the largest and most consistent performing arts festival in Nigeria, attracting visitors from all over the world, and making it a festival of National importance, highly valued as a catalyst for cultural and community development.
TARUWA (a Hausa word meaning ‘gathering’), is an event created by Gbagyichild Entertainment. It is a gathering of artistic and intellectual minds, which creates a platform for artistes to express themselves in a comfortable and intellectual setting. On a typical TARUWA evening, there are poets, vocalists, instrumentalists, comedians and spoken word artistes, performing.
It is always a rich artistic cocktail. In its almost 7 years of operation, Taruwa has grown to be a phenomenon, with a quarterly print publication, Taruwa Magazine, an annual festival Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria, which debuted in 2013, as well the recently launched Arts, Culture and lifestyle website Taruwa Magazine Online. The event holds at 6:30pm at Bogobiri House, Ikoyi, on the last Tuesday of every month.
Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria (TAF) is an annual performing arts event which holds in June, in Lagos, Nigeria, presenting ground breaking work in Performing Arts (Theatre, Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, Dance and Fashion) focusing on Nigeria and Africa, but also including the global artist.
The vision of the festival is to expand the horizons of Nigerian artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, impressive and original.