Lagos International Poetry Festival 2021

The Lagos International Poetry Festival 2021, with the theme “Ancestral Imaginings,” runs from October 21 – 24, 2021. The revelation was made on August 26.

The Lagos International Poetry Festival brings together poets, writers, artists, and thinkers from across the world to Lagos for a week of conversations, readings, performances, workshops and adventure. Founded in 2015 by poet Efe Paul Azino, it has established itself as one of the continent’s annual art and culture highlights.

Some of the guests who have featured have been Chris Abani, Koleka Putuma, Ladan Osman, Inua Ellams, Titilope Sonuga, Sonny Kwaku, Chika Jones, Dami Ajayi, Uzo Maxim Uzoatu, Peter Akinlabi, Niran Okewole, Tade Ipadeola, Toni Kan, Wana Udobang, Bash Amueni, Ogaga Ifowodo, Neo Muyanga, Kola Tubosun, Pryse, Sage Hasson, Gbenga Adesina, Qudus Onikeku, Ali Baba, and Ola Opesan.

The 2021 edition of the festival taking place from October 21st – October 24th as a hybrid experience, combines digital offerings with our much missed in-person events. They shared following statement online;

The Lagos International Poetry Festival returns into a world steadying itself from the effects of a drawn out global crisis. With the theme, Ancestral Imaginings, this year’s festival leans into the wisdom and vision, of the old and the young, to guide us through the rubble of a pandemic. A generational journey aided by generational memory.

The festival takes place from October 21st – October 24th as a hybrid experience, combining digital offerings with our much missed in-person events.

A diverse pool of writers, poets, and thinkers drawn from across generations, will lead us into three days of conversations and performances on a range of themes, converging on the role of inter-generational support systems in building stronger post-pandemic societies organized around egalitarian principles. Events will be a mix of digital and socially distanced in-person events. Guest line-up and program will follow shortly.

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