The Lagos Book and Arts Festival 2020 runs in the commercial hub of the West African country from November 9 – 15, 2020. Its theme is “A State of Flux: Literary in a Period of Languor.”
The Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) is an annual arts festival founded by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), a Nigerian-based cultural organisation in 1999. The festival has been hosting activities like musical performances, book readings and launches, film screenings, a publishers’ forum, book and art exhibitions, panel discussions, symposiums, cultural exhibitions, and much more for the last twenty-one years.
This year’s festival which will be its twenty-second year will be hosted both live at Freedom Park Lagos and virtual platforms on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube. The festival will start off with a panel discussing Literature as a form of Protest emphasizing the role that Literature plays in conscientising the citizens and ostensibly spurring them to popular action. That event will be hosted on Zoom.
Other events include celebrations of Odia Omefun at 70, a variety of panels, book readings and launches, and Vintage Nigeria “a collection of rare archival images from the Rockefeller Archive Centre and Ford Foundation” curated by Oludamola Adebowale now showing at Freedom Park from 1 pm to 6 pm daily until the 15th November.