Performances, exhibition and archive

National Arts Theatre Lagos, Nigeria during FESTAC ‘77
National Arts Theatre Lagos, Nigeria during FESTAC ‘77

The final phase of the four-part Across the board project, sponsored by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, will be hosted in Lagos, Nigeria on 18 April 2014. 

For Across the board: Interdisciplinary Practices, Tate invited Chimurenga, the South African-based journal and online platform covering arts and culture, to look at the invaluable history of interdisciplinary artistic practices in Africa with a focus on FESTAC ’77, the Second World Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture. This ongoing research has been developed into an online resource and will be further explored through the symposium Across the board: Interdisciplinary Practices: FESTAC ’77 in Lagos, featuring key protagonists from the festival.

Event programme:

10.30–11.00 Coffee and registration
11.00–11.15 Welcome remarks
11.15–12.00 Introduction Across the board Elvira Dyangani Ose
12.00–13.00 FESTAC ’77 Professor Gabriel Olatunde Babawale introduced by Ntone Edjabe

Lunch Break

14.00–15.30 Conversation between Akin Adesokan and Professor Denis Ekpo
15.30–17.00 Roundtable chaired by Bisi Silva: Modern practitioners: Bruce Onobrakpeya, Jimi Solanke and Odia Ofeimun

Coffee break

17.00–19.00 Artists’ presentations: 

The Otolith Group, In The Year of The Quiet Sun 2013
Kapwani Kiwanga, Afrogalactica 2011

Reception

The event is organised by Tate in partnership with Chimurenga, the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos and Terra Kulture and is sponsored by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

Across the board is curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Curator International Art, Tate Modern, supported by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, with Loren Hansi Momodu, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern