The Inaugural Lagos Fringe Festival will take place from November 11 through 18, 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. It is a festival for performing arts and interdisciplinary conversations. It will feature local and international artistes from South Africa, U.K., U.S., Ghana, Senegal, Zimbabwe and the Republic of Benin. The festival is in partnership with Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Women In the Arts Festival, Access Africa Festival and Freedom Park.
After successfully collaborating with the British Council in producing the largest outdoor festival in West Africa (Lagos Theatre Festival) in the last five years, the team, led by Mr. Kenneth Uphopho, is set to present Lagos Fringe which will present ground-breaking performances in film, theatre, music and showcase these events simultaneously with 2018 edition of Africa International Film Festival(AFRIFF).
Registration to participate at the Lagos Fringe is currently ongoing and elapses on August 31, 2018. “We are pushing beyond the usual boundaries in the arts by collaborating with existing platforms to create an experience of a lifetime for artistes and creative people. This year, the focus is on diversity and inclusion in the arts, a development that has birthed creative exchange that will feature industry experts, curators and professionals engaging with emerging artistes for three days during the festival,” said Kenneth Uphopho.
This first edition of Lagos Fringe festival is scheduled to take place in over 15 separate venues, with Freedom Park as the main hub. Lagos Fringe will present a program with the idea to address audience development and the creative case for diversity in the general arts, theatre and film culture in Lagos. The program will include plays, showcases, panel discussions, master classes, and screening of short, student and documentary films that will be selected from submissions to Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). The screenings and panel discussions will be free to the public.
One of the venues will be Terrakulture, which will present the opening events for Lagos Fringe such as the unveiling of the Lagos Fringe Advisory Board, Recognition Awards to distinguished practitioners for their contributions to the arts and an opening musical play performance.
Producer of the festival, Brenda Fashugba, who spoke on the programming, said it would be exciting and rich in diverse art forms, especially in encouraging more women, persons living with disabilities and other marginalised demography to express themselves.