November Dates for Lagos Book Festival 2019, Dedicated to David Dale

Lagos Book Festival 2019

The directorate of the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA has announced the final phase of preparation for the 2019 edition of the yearly Lagos Book & Art Festival, LABAF.

It is the 21st edition; and will hold for a full week: November 4-10; at the official home of the festival, Freedom Park, Lagos Island and other venues around the city.

The edition is dedicated to the memory of the multimedia artist, David Herbert Dale, who passed on in the morning of Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

“This year’s festival theme is EMERGE… Breaking into the NEW;” and it is a natural sequel to the themes of the past two editions of the festival: ERUPTIONS: Global Fractures and the Our Common Humanity (2017) and RENEWAL: Towards a World that Works for All (2018)”, announces Kennii Ekundayo, Communication Manager for CORA and the spokesperson for the Festival.

The 31-odd events that will feature in the week-long festival will use the written word, the published text, The Book, and the rest of the arts, to examine the possibilities that the world may emerge from its deeply entrenched divides. What can literary arts tell us about Nigeria’s emergence around 20 years of Nigeria’s democracy; the shifting political events and discourses around the continent; as well as development in/around global politics.

“EMERGE… is premised on the notion of breaking free from the shackles of social, political, economic and cultural factors that inhibit the progress of the individual and the nation”, explains Ms. Ekundayo.

The conversations will engage literature, in fiction and non-fiction modes, that construct the narratives of “Break Out”, the egg-hatching type of break out, around humanity, the community, the nation state and the globe.

Jahman Anikulapo, Programme Chairman of CORA and the Director of LABAF says that “the concept of using fictional and non fictional works to highlight the process of  nation building have been part of the central philosophy of the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) since its birth in 1999 to mark the return of Nigeria to democratic governance after over three decades of military regimes”.

The Party Last Time, Kids Enjoy A Game of Colours at LABAF 2018

The main books of the Festival will be announced within the week.


Lagos Book & Art Festival, LABAF

Theme: EMERGE… Breaking into the NEW

Date: Monday 4 -Sunday, 10, November 2019

Venue: Freedom Park

(Old Her Majesty Prison Ground)

1 Hospital Road, off Broad Street

Lagos Island, Lagos

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