By Rita Okoye
Last week the largest performing arts festival in Nigeria and West Africa, Lagos Theatre Festival (LTF), held its 8th virtual edition, with its theme: ‘RECKLESS ART’.
The LTF was founded by the British Council in 2013 as part of its ambitions to foster exchange, collaboration, and strengthen relationships between Nigerian and British artists through the presentation of high quality Nigerian and British theatre.
With an impressive line up of guest speakers, the content of the RECKLESS ART theme was spot on as the 2021 festival had something for everyone; from live workshops and interactive sessions which included Producers’ Hangout with Ngaio Anyia, Directing for Theatre, Exploring Jos City with Bez Idakula, Gisting with Joke Silva and lots more.
Other events that took over the virtual community included Audition & Casting tips with Hilda Dokubo, Exploring Freedom Park with Theo Lawson, Managing a Theatre with Joseph Umoibom, and Costume Design for Theatre with Obijie Byge Oru. Exciting and heated panel conversations with Partners, conversations with Ahmed Yerima added spice to the highly anticipated event which was delivered on all digital platforms and channels.
The festival, managed by the Lagos Theatre Festival Foundation, a not-for-profit organization is run by a Board of Directors including Olasupo Shasore SAN as Chair, Bikiya Graham-Douglas as Executive Director, Ajoke Jacobs, Tosin Oshinowo, David Evans, and Bolanle Austen-Peters.