5 Days To Go: Full Details of The 5th Edition of Lagos Poetry Festival (LIPFest2019)

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Lipfest 2018 was a huge success, and now it’s another year to celebrate poetry in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. Now in its fifth year, the festival, founded in 2015 by Efe Paul Azino, is coming live with expectation of beautiful experiences.


The festival as organized will begin on October 30th, 2019 and ends November 3rd, 2019, and will feature over fifty writers and poets and thinkers from over ten countries. Among these great features are: Tolu Agbelusi, Wana Udobang, Upile Chisala, Brymo, Bassey IpkiBernadine Evaristo, Logan February, Kola Tubosun, Kaveh Akbar, Otosirieze Obi-Young.

This year’s edition, tagged “a wild beautiful thing” of the festival includes readings, performances, conversations and workshops to be taught by amazing poets and writers.

The workshops:

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“Fusing Poetry And Fiction—A Workshop With Bernadine Evaristo”
Date: Thursday, 31st October, 2019. Time: 11am to 1pm.
Venue: British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos. Registration: N5000.
Poetry masterclass with Kaveh Akbar. 
Date: Thursday, 31st October, 2019.
Venue: British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Registration: N5000.
Poetry workshop with Itiola Jones, winner of the 2018 Brittle Paper Award in Poetry and a guest-editor of the Young African Poets Anthology.
Date: Wednesday, 30th October, 2019.
Venue: Freedom Park, Old Prison Ground, Broad Street, Lagos Island, Lagos. Time: 11am to 1pm.
Registration: N3000.

“in a life of want: a workshop on the poetics of desire with logan february”. 

DateThursday, 31st October, 2019.
Venue: Freedom Park, Old Prison Ground, Broad Street, Lagos Island, Lagos. Time: 2pm to 4pm.

Registration: N3000.

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Exchanges are also part of the festival this year. This will be the first in “a series of exchange programmes with Poetry Africa in Durban and Poetry International, a bi-annual festival hosted by the Southbank Centre.” The LIPFest Team will be sending poets from Lagos to Durban and London for these festivals and will be hosting poets from both cities as well.
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