‘ARCHIVING THE FUTURE’
About the Lagos Fringe
Lagos Fringe Festival is an open access multidisciplinary arts festival committed to providing a platform for new voices in the Nigerian creative industry. We support artistes to present a creative mix of theatre, poetry, film, spoken word, magic, cabaret shows, exhibitions, literature, dance and music etc.
Lagos Fringe objectives include increased outreach activities and educational, professional people to people exchange opportunities that will broaden mutual understanding between Nigerian artists and their international colleagues. We also create an open and positive climate for discussion before and during the festival for the advancement of a more educated creative community. The festival is scheduled to hold from November 23-28, 2021 from 9am to 11pm each day. Call outs for applications to participate begin in August 2021. 3
What it would look like…
A series of performances, panels of discussion, trainings, focus groups, music events, virtual conferences and exhibitions starting from 23 November with the ambition to build up to a large-scale Alternative
Music Concert on Friday 26 November 2021 at the Freedom Park. The Lagos Fringe weekend, as we call it, 27th & 28th November, will be full of theatrical performances, music shows, children & Family events as well as a costume party.
There will also be subtle alterations of the existing landscape at the festival hub through art installations, themed lighting, projections and live arts etc. throughout the area in addition to more performative elements.
Lagos Fringe Festival is mostly charitable in nature and have resulted (Directly or indirectly) in the expansion of the creative communities in Nigeria with significant increases in opportunities for artists. Our platforms have given many young talents their first jobs and income. We have underscored significant capacity and motivation among artists to build a better life through empowerment and skill development opportunities. Despite the effort we have made with the festival already there is tremendous unrealized ability to create additional empowerment programs for sustainable economic and entrepreneurship for artists in Nigeria.
Last year, we partnered with the US Consulate General Lagos, Freedom Park, The German Cultural Centre; Goethe Institut Nigeria, The World Fringe Network, Diageo (ORIJIN), Brighton Fringe UK and Pawstudios to deliver on these initiatives.