By Chris Onuoha
Organisers of ALKEBULAN Art & Fashion Festival have put all arrangements to showcase its maiden edition scheduled for the last quarter of the year at Freedom Park, Lagos Island. The exciting medley of cultural festivities is a 2-day event with the theme: “HERITAGE: A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE”, scheduled to start from November 18 to 19, 2017 opening from 10am daily.
ALKEBULAN is believed to be the name of indigenous origin for the continent now known as Africa. It means “Mother of Mankind” and was used by the Moors, Nubians and Ethiopians. It is believed that the current name Africa was given to this continent by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Enye Interiors limited, Kokwe Yebovi, founder of the festival, “I have created the festival with the understanding that it is necessary to appreciate and reconnect with our original cultural identity and as a foundation to building a sustainable socio-economic future.
While celebrating the arts, community and family values, the ALKEBULAN Festival will also seek to fill the knowledge gap that has separated many generations from our heritage, with a series of lectures and symposiums. The Festival will also provide a much-needed opportunity to promote and encourage innovators and entrepreneurs who are blazing the trail with locally manufactured products in order to empower our communities economically.”
A unique highlight of the festival is the ALKEBULAN COLLECTION includes an exhibition of traditional works of art gathered from various parts of the West African region by Yebovi over a period of 15 years. These sculptural pieces according to her are ambassadors of the cultures from which they were created.
A contemporary art exhibition titled ÀJÍ-DÌDÉ meaning ‘AWAKENING’ is a cutting edge display of paintings, photography, digital imagery, installation and performance art by some of our renowned artists and a few surprising ones, – Yebovi says. Other features of the festival will include spectacular art installations, artistic performances in music, dance, innovative fashion and textile design and ALKEBULAN sporting events and games and also food and drink celebrating local produce.