Come October, Lagos will play host to 35 poets from across the world in the second edition of the Lagos International Poetry Festival. The festival debuted in 2015 as West Africa’s first international poetry festival with 30 poets from across the world and saw hundreds of people in attendance over a four-day series of events, including, workshops, panels discussions, performances, and readings.

For its sophomore edition, scheduled to hold from the 26th of October to October 30th at Freedom Park and the Muson Center, the festival turns its sights to tomorrow with the theme, Paging the Future. It will examine the role of the artist in shaping the outcomes of the future and explore emerging trends in the global socio-political, economic, and cultural landscape.

With an exciting array of events, including workshops, school outreaches, panel discussions, and daily performances, the festival builds on its successful debut to further cement its place as one of Africa’s most important art and culture features.

According to festival founder and director, Efe Paul Azino, this year’s festival brings an interesting mix of entertainment and intellectual engagement. “It’s four days of readings and performances, master classes, and panel discussions. The idea is to bring poetry into engagement with society at every level without losing the aesthetic for which it is renowned.”

This year’s festival features: Kwame Dawes, Ladan Osman, Shailja Patel, Inua Ellams, Dike Chukwumerije, Titilope Sonuga, Afurakan, Mandi “Poefficient” Vundla, Adrian “Diff” van Wyk, Pieter Odiendaal, Poetra, 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, Ola Opesan.

Registration for the festival is now open: Register here.

October 26 – October 30

Find more information about the Festival here.

 

See Program of events below.

Literary Crossroads: NG/SA (Sponsored by Goethe Institut) (Afurakan, Mandi Vundla, Dami Ajayi, Jumoke Verissimo, Kola Tunbosun – Moderator)
Venue: Goethe Institut, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island
4pm – 5pm | Thurs. Oct 27th

Through Space and Time : 50years in African Poetry (Peter Akinlabi, Niran Okewole, Ogaga Ifowodo, Gbenga Adesina, Uzor Maxim, Tade Ipadeola – Moderator)
Venue: Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
11am – 12pm | Fri. Oct 28th

Call & Response: In Dialogue With Ancestors (Chika Jones, Poetra Asantewa, Mandi Vundla, Inua Ellams, Gbenga Adesina, Ola Opesan – Moderator)
Venue: Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
1pm – 2pm | Fri. Oct 28th

Sister Outsider (Shailja Patel, Ladan Osman, Mandi Vundla, Titilope Sonuga, Wana Udobang – Moderator)
Venue: Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
4:40pm – 5:30pm | Fri. Oct 28th

BackwardForward…Nigeria’s Future & The Ghosts of Disturbances Past (Dike Chukwumerije, Ogaga Ifowodo, Tade Ipadeola, Uzor Maxim, Ayo Sogunro – Moderator)
Venue: Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
11:30am – 12:30pm | Sat. Oct 29th

Future Canons: In Conversation With Kwame Dawes (Moderated By Dami Ajayi)
Venue: Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
1:30pm – 2:30pm | Sat. Oct 29th

Otherness And The Future of Peace (Shailja Patel, Neo Muyanga, Ladan Osman, Adrian van Wyk, Afurakan, Titilope Sonuga, Kola Tubosun – Moderator)
Venue: Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
2:30pm – 3:30pm | Sat. Oct 29th

New Worlds Into Being: The Age of The African Creative (Qudus Onikeku, Neo Muyanga, Toni Kan, Wana Udobang, Pieter Odendaal, Tochi Eze – Moderator)
Venue: Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
3:30pm – 4:30pm | Sat. Oct 29th

  • BOOK LAUNCH

Imagine Africa By Prigoue Collective
Venue: Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
2pm – 3pm | Fri. Oct 28th

Soaring Africa By OSIWA
Venue: Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
2pm – 3pm | Fri. Oct 28th

  • FILM SCREENING

House of Nwapa by Onyeka Nwelue
Venue: Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island
3pm – 4:30pm | Fri. Oct 28th

  • MASTERCLASS


Venue: Goethe Institut, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island
10am – 12pm | Wed. Oct 27th


Venue: Goethe Institut, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island
2Pm – 4pm | Wed. Oct 26th


Venue: Goethe Institut, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island
10am – 12pm | Wed. Oct 27th


Venue: Goethe Institut, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island
2pm – 4pm | Wed. Oct 27th

  • CONCERTS/SHOWS

PAGING THE FUTURE – THE CONCERT (Tickets: Normal – ₦3,000, Box Seat – ₦5,000)
Venue: Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre
7pm – 11pm | Sat. Oct 29th

WOMANIFESTO CONCERT: Produced by Titilope Sonuga ( ₦3,000)
Venue: Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre
7pm – 9pm | Fri. Oct 28th

R.A.P PARTY: Produced by Inua Ellams ( ₦1,000)
Venue: Whitespace, Raymond Njoku, Ikoyi
8pm – 11pm | Wed. Oct 26th

  • EXCURSION

EXCURSION WITH FESTIVAL GUESTS TO BADAGRY ( ₦3,000)
Venue: Take off from Freedom Park (Broad Street, Lagos Island)
9am | Sun. Oct 30th

Download full program here.