by Isi Esene
This June, in addition to its already accomplished monthly gatherings, Taruwa introduces a festival, Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria [TAF]. The festival which is designed to be a 3-day cocktail of rich events, is an annual event kicking off this year on Thursday June 6 and ending on Saturday, June 8, 2013, to paint Lagos all shades of art through music, poetry, theatre, dance, fashion and screening of short films, all holding at the artsy venue of TerraKulture, Victoria Island, Lagos
Speaking about the inspiration behind the festival, Lydia Idakula Sobogun, CEO of Gbagyichild Entertainment, conveners of the monthly Taruwa event and Organisers of The Festival, explains “Taruwa has always been about finding true art, true passion and giving it a stage to express, no matter who it is. That is what I want to show you… ”
On what attendees should expect, member of the planning committee and Head of Communications to the festival, Bee Azubike, says “The festival is a carefully planned collection of events, and the team wants nothing more than to give everyone an unforgettable experience – which is something Taruwa, over the years has strived to achieve.”
The festival makes a grand opening on Thursday, June 6 with the adaptation of Bobo Omotayo’s bestselling book LONDON LIFE LAGOS LIVING live on stage with a stellar cast; this 2-hour show also opens with a musical performance and the one-woman play CHRONICLES OF A HEROINE by Ijeoma Grace Agu.
The second day of the festival, Friday, June 7 gets even more interesting, as it kicks off with a Children’s show in the morning, after which a screening of short films and Open Mic Theatre will hold, seeing the day round off with a Mega Concert featuring carefully selected acts to thrill the audience with the finest performances in music, spoken word, dance and a dash of fashion.
On Saturday, June 8, 2013, the festival will come to a grand close with The ANKARA BALL, a glamorous Ankara-themed night of music, dinner and dance.
Though its first outing, the passionate team at TAF plans for the festival to be the largest and most consistent performing arts festival in Nigeria, attracting visitors from all over the world, and making it a festival of National importance, highly valued as a catalyst for cultural and community development.
Event: Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria [TAF]
Date: Thursday, 6th June – Saturday, 8th June, 2013
Venue: TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos
– Early Bird tickets are on sale for one week, starting today Tuesday, May 21, 2013 and can be purchased on www.dealdey.com
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