With book fair, performance concert, literary festival and art expo

The 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival (LABAF) has been announced to take place from November 16 to 18, 2012 at Freedom Park, Lagos.

Secretary General of the CORA Art & Cultural Foundation, Toyin Akinosho, made this known.

The theme of this year’s festival is: The Narrative of Conflict, focuses on how the written word and the literacy it engenders interrogates the different conflicts that surround the current existence and recent past.

This year’s LABAF is dedicated to veteran artist Bruce Onabrakpeya who turned 80 and whose work and dedication to the arts continue to be a source of inspiration to generations of Nigerians.

The festival events include sprawling book displays, exhibitions, live music, drama performances, and literary events.

“LABAF is self-styled as Africa’s biggest culture picnic because we do not just put together a book fair, a performance concert, a literary festival or an art expo, what we do is a healthy fusion of all four in a festival atmosphere, and for the past 14 years, the festival has become an important destination for families, literary and art enthusiasts, culture producers, children and even lovers,” Akinosho said.

“We have had people who came as children years ago still attending now as young adults. We have also had people who met at the festival grounds for the first time years ago, still attending as married couples.

“What keeps them coming back is the way the festival allows them to engage with culture in a fun atmosphere, that is why it is Africa’s biggest culture picnic.”

LABAF will feature over 10 book events, 3 music concerts, 2 theatre shows, 11 workshops for children and 2 visual art exhibitions.

Over thirty books for discussion at the festival include Fela: This Bitch of a Life by Carlos Moore; Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White; Power, Politics & Death by Segun Adeniyi; Bitter-Sweet My Life with Obasanjo by Oluremi Obasanjo; A Measure of Grace by Akin Mabogunje; Bomboy, by Yewande Omotosho; Voice Of America, by E. C. Osondu; and Stealth Of Nations: The Global Rise Of The Informal Economy, by Robert Neuwirth.
Others include Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson; Open Graveyard by Wale Osun; Out of the Shadows by Kayode Fayemi; Roses and Bullets by Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo and Witness To Justice by Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah.

The writers and thinkers for the discussion panels include; Sola Olorunyomi, Bisi Arije, Femi Akintunde Johnson, Toni Kan, Femi Aisida, Toki Mabogunje, Odili Ujubonu, Tolu Ogunlesi, Wale Ajao, Derin Ajao, Tunji Lardner, Niran Okewole, Tade Ipadeola, Layiwola Adeniji, Eghosa Imasuen, Anwuli Ojogwu, Kayode Komolafe amongst others.

There would also be performances by The Crown Troupe of Africa and Renegade Theatre.

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