The 2020 Lagos International Poetry Festival (LIPFEST) is set to take place from October 1st to November 1st, 2020.
This year’s edition will be the first wholly virtual festival, presenting the opportunity for greater reach and participation. It will centre on the realities that have unfolded before us during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the theme, Love & Light and Other Clichés, a meditation on the ‘tender gravity of kindness.
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“My dear Saraya, on the verge of being extinct, there is a tree planted in your name with its root buried deep in our land. They do this to remember you…
— LagosPoetryFestival (@LagosPoetryFest) June 10, 2020
"I’m sick of calling your recklessness the law. each night, i count my brothers. & in the morning, when some do not survive to be counted, i count the holes they leave. i reach for black folks & touch only air. your master magic trick, America. now he’s breathing, now he don’t." pic.twitter.com/jhGNQYyITr
— LagosPoetryFestival (@LagosPoetryFest) June 4, 2020
The LIPFEST offers artists of all backgrounds the avenue to share their art and speak about the human experience.
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Given the climes we are in, art festivals such as this provide the opportunity to shed inhibitions, and bring the tools available for confronting our present realities to light.
LIPFEST will be a month-long celebration of literary and performance art. As usual, the festival will feature a panel of prominent artistic figures and several guest curators from around the world.
It will also feature 25 poets, artists, and performers from every continent of the world and will host over 20 events including performances, conversations, virtual open mics, workshops, and events for children. Guests and programme will be announced soon.
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