Last weekend, in the streets of Iwaya located in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos, the Iwaya Community Art Festival maiden edition was live.
This great initiative was presented by the Vernacular Art-space Laboratory though rarely known, this platform promotes interdisciplinary art collaborations. The festival is a first of its kind in recent times in Lagos art scene.
The maiden edition tagged ‘ICAF Lagos 2016’ made use of the streets of the community as spaces for alternative artistic interventions. The team of the active young organisers were led by Aderemi Adegbite.
The festival is also titled “Confluence”, borrowing from the ideals of open access and creating equal opportunities according to a poetry anthology edited by Akeem Lasisi published by the Association of Nigerian Authors in 2005.
The 3 days festival saw Live Performances, Photography, Video Art screening, Workshops, Panel Discussion and Sports all in the streets of Iwaya.
Artists who participated include: Adeola Olagunju (Nigeria), Ayo Akinwande (Nigeria), Cristina Duca (Italy), Odun Orimolade (Nigeria), Yusuf Durodola (Nigeria), Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), Femke (Netherlands), Moussa Kalopo (Mali), Folakunle Oshun (Nigeria), Abolore Sobayo (Nigeria), Taiwo Aiyedogbon (Nigeria), Taiwo Ojudun (Nigeria), Massira Toure (Mali), Seed Adegbite (Nigeria), Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria), Gustave Fall (Senegal), Onyeka Nwelue (Nigeria), Footprint (Nigeria), FOD Gang (Nigeria), Delphine Gatinois (France), Luciana Kaplun (Israel), Kalimah Abioto (USA), Achilleka (Cameroon), Enoh Lienemann (Germany), and MES 56 BOYS (Indonesia).
We look forward to the next edition of this great initiative.