Lagos is the heart of Nigeria’s transformative artistic style. The sprawling megacity in the heart of West Africa harbors a rich generation of young artists, exquisite art galleries and collections. Commerce, music, and fashion have always been the fuel that powers the city. A major contributor behind the successful rise of the Lagos Theatre Festival.
The 2020 Lagos Theatre Festival (LTF) just marked the 7th edition across 20 venues. The main venue was Freedom Park on the notable Broad Street Lagos Island. The show began on the 27th of February and ended on the 1st of March. Lagos was mesmerized by an incredible host of sensational talent who carried out memorable performances. A unique pink theme this year promoted awareness of breast cancer.
This year’s theme was ‘Going Out Of Bounds’ and was graced by an exemplary show at the Terra Kulture Arena. All the LTF Board of Directors attended the ceremony alongside other prominent actors, poets, playwrights, producers, and other industry stakeholders.
The Lagos Theatre festival 2020 presents a diverse mix of theatrical performances cut across different artistic genres. The main highlights covered tragedy, comedy, spoken word, dance, dialogue, monologues and much more. As performances continued, Nigerian made goods were on showcase outside. Couples also thronged the theatres to enjoy live performances.
LTF lived up to exceeded expectations with its powerful showcase of Nigerian ingenuity. The audiences across the spread-out venues were treated with suspense, endless humor, intrigue, and creativity.
Lagos Theatre Festival editions were started by the British Council back in 2013. The shows have been an international promotional avenue for performers drawn from Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, and the rest of the African continent. The festival is a shining example of cultural diversity and synergy brought together by live performing art.
The Executive Director behind the Festival, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, expressed optimism on the future prospects of the program and a firm commitment to the continued promotion of the performing arts in Nigeria. He also expressed his deep thanks to the project’s partners, namely the British Council and Freedom Park for the firm support since inception. As the festival wound up on the 1st of March, all focus has now shifted into making the 8th edition even bigger.