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Lagos Theatre Festival (LTF) would be held from February 27, 2018, till March 28, 2018, in Lagos, across different venues, predominately Freedom Park.

With the theme, “Theatre in Unconventional Spaces”, the festival is aimed at presenting performing arts from Nigeria and the UK in Lagos.  The LTF is divided into curated shows and fringe shows; and workshops across several arts.

The  Lagos Theatre Festival was launched in 2013 by the British Council, United Kingdom’s cultural organization, as a way of providing a platform for “theatrepreneurs” in Nigeria to produce their works in new spaces and develop a growing audience for theatre productions. For theatre lovers, theatre festival is that avenue too that allows them to unwind and experience their version of realities. The theatre is an unconventional space, and therefore, theatre festivals are of great importance for local and regional cultural policies in Nigeria, even at a time when their value can sometimes be underestimated by the politicians responsible for cultural policies.

The Curated shows are to be held at the festival hub which is at Freedom Park. Among the productions selected for their creativity, unconventionality, innovation include Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis, Panty Liners by 1000 stories production, Dialing Love by Kininso Koncepts, Walking Julius Beggar by Magni Cedar Production House, and others.

The Fringe productions would be screened all across Lagos, anyone interested would have several options to choose from. The idea is to give freedom to any production that is not relegated to a particular style. Selected applications have been chosen to be aired.

For anyone interested in attending the workshops, registration is important. Workshops include Developing a Storytelling Performance; Writing your own performance and performing your own work(Poetry); Turn your idea into writing a One Person Theatre Show; Directors Roundtable: Challenges and Possible Solutions devising work in Unconventional Spaces; Young Actors  Workshop; Creative Hustle: Alternative Career Pathways in Theatre; From Proscenium to Unconventional: Taking your Play out of the Box; Women in Arts: Disruptive Women.

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This article was first published on 19th February 2018


Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.

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