Organized by Goethe-Institut Nigeria, Lagos_live is an international performance festival that took place for the first time in 2012. It returns this year with the aim to present contemporary performance projects from different genres: live-theater, installation, dance, music, visual art.
The international performance festival opens on Friday 24th June and runs throughout the weekend until Sunday 26th June 2016 at Freedom Park, Federal Government Press (Broad Street) and Goethe-Institut Nigeria (City Hall), showcasing contemporary theater, dance and installation performances, as well as visual art exhibitions from Nigeria, Germany, Austria, the UK, US and other African countries.
Goethe-Institut Nigeria has partnered with several local and international artists and institutions to present new artistic creations. Featured performances include the international co-production “We Almost Forgot” by Nigerian dancer Qudus Onikeku, and “Sorry” by Berlin-based theater performance group Monster Truck, a collaboration with the Footprints of David (Lagos). Others include Austrian theater company Theater im Bahnhof; Crown Troupe of Nigeria; Nigerian dancers Sunday Israel Akpan, Busayo Olowu, Taiwo Ojudun, and theater practitioner Joshua Alabi.
The visual arts will be represented by curator Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman, who is presenting five upcoming visual artists, photographers, designers, and performers, amongst whom are Odun Orimolade, Segun Adefila, Danielle Dean, Loza Maléombho, Adeju Thompson and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi.
German experimental sound artist Christina Kubisch will present for the first time in Africa her series “Electrical Walks”, where she captures electro-magnetic waves from the street and transforms them into sound lines, through specially adapted headphones.
Another highlight is the presence of the Pan-African Space Station at the festival, under the supervision of Ntone Edjabe from Chimurenga. Over a period of four days, this pop-up internet radio-station will transmit live from Freedom Park and host an eclectic mix of artist and music sessions.
Festival venues are Freedom Park, Federal Government Press, the Colonial Secretariat and Goethe-Institut Nigeria. Programs start at 10am and until 11pm daily.