Lagos International Poetry Festival
October 26th – October 30th

The Lagos International Poetry Festival 2016 builds on the foundation of the festival’s successful 2015 debut. LIPF 2015, which had the theme Borderless Words,saw hundreds of people in attendance over a four day series of events including workshops, panel discussions, readings and performances. It featured 30 poets from across the world and established itself not only as West Africa’s first international poetry festival, but also one of Africa’s annual art and cultural highlights.

In 2016 the Lagos International Poetry Festival turns its sights on 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.

The 2016 festival will feature workshops/masterclasses, school outreaches, panel discussions, readings and performances in open spaces and enclosed venues across the city. 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.

This year’s festival coincides with the 50th anniversary of Lagos State and the attending celebrations. As a result, we are compiling, directed by Prof. Wole Soyinka, fifty poems, by fifty poets on Lagos. The poems will be blown into life-sized digital banners and placed around Freedom Park, the venue of the festival and one of the city’s art and cultural nerve centers. Welcome to Lagos. Welcome to the Lagos International Poetry Festival.

Efe Paul Azino
Founder and Director, Lagos International Poetry Festival