British Council Announces Lagos Theatre Festival 2017

With 109 shows, 35 companies and 5,500 theatre goers attending in 2016, Lagos Theatre Festival remains one of the most diverse and exciting events of its kind and will continue to present the best in contemporary and classic work from leading artists.

In February 2017, from Friday 28 February – Sunday 5 March over 500 artists will gather to present over 100 performances at 20 Venues, spanning 6 days. There will be something for everyone; from the new theatre fans young or old and returning visitors to Lagos Theatre Festival.

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We are pleased to invite playwrights and production companies to be part of the festival in 2017. This edition of the Lagos Theatre Festival will be seeking new work that will portray the rhythm, soul and sights of Lagos. The theme was selected to capture through performance, the sounds of Lagos expressed in the comings and goings, the repetitive activities and the music of the city. We hope to see work created that reflects specific auditory perspectives like noises, rhythm, beats, language, etc. from a range of socio-economic and geographic groupings across Lagos   Share with us your interpretation of the rhythm of the city. What sounds make Lagos tick?

To submit a play for the Lagos Theatre Festival playwriting competition and to participate in the festival, see here for more information.

© Eniola Abumere Photography
Eniola Abumere Photography


Like in 2016, the 2017 edition will have curated and fringe strands.

The fringe is an open access festival for all genres in the performing arts (small theatre, children’s theatre, dance, film, spoken word, comedy, puppetry, cabaret, music and interdisciplinary arts) and is designed to allow performers/companies  not participating in the curated festival an opportunity to present work for viewing, an excellent avenue to get involved in the Festival program, try out ideas and receive audience and delegate feedback but will be included in all promotional campaigns for the festival and in some cases will be programmed at venues.

To apply to be a part of the fringe festival, click here.

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