|A scene from Segun Adefila's IPINYA, one of the performances that will feature during the celebrations|
The next big event on Nigeria’s art scene is definitely celebrations of Goethe Nigeria 50years anniversary. The art community and the general public will come together for the best ever art and culture entertainment and interactions, which will take place at the Freedom Park, Lagos, from December 6-9.
|Jude Anogwih speaking during a press chat for the forth-coming event|
Daily within this period, the audience will be treated to the best of live performances put together by highly creative artists drawn from various art sections including dances, theatre, photography, video art and installation works.
The event is set to establish a shift from traditional art forms of expressing messages prominently through painting or theatre, to physical bodily expressions that are rich with entertainment packed full with content to serve the purpose of history.
Goethe Institut has enjoyed a remarkable cultural inter-play relationship with Nigeria for this past half of a century, developing up and coming Nigerian artists. There had been a wealth of cultural benefits through workshops, art exhibitions, concerts and diverse performances. No doubt about their introduction of fresh perspectives to how arts and culture can in fact sustain the essence of a people.
Mac-Andre Schmachtel, director of the Institut, says they have continued to work within their mission of creating a common platform for Nigerian and German artists to exchange ideas and foster a common cooperation for the continued growth of the arts.
Beyond promises, Segun Adefila’ Crown Troupe of Africa will be presenting one of its classics titled ‘IPINYA and BARIGA’. As explained, “IPINYA explores the manipulative power of organised invasion of primitive and conflicting territories. It pictures the psychological and spiritual disintegration of people in their search for individuality and belonging.”
Other performances will include ‘AJIGBE’, the face behind the mask; Jelili Atiku’s ‘PORONGODO’, Israel Akpan’s ‘ARALOAMO’, FunnTheatre’s ‘THE POWER PLAY, and a myriad of others.
The beauty of the collect ion of these performances put together for the celebrations of Goethe Nigeria, lies in the heart of the purpose, to tell the stories of our times and how they shape the future for the next generation of those who will continue with the Nigeria-Germany cultural relationship.