The maiden edition of the Iwaya Community Art Festival tagged “ICAF Lagos 2016” took the centre stage last week, as the event was held between 9th December – 11th December. As a result, Iwaya community was treated to a variety of Cinema, Story-telling, Dance, Comedy nights, various arts and crafts featured by participating artists. The festival was declared opened by 1pm at Fazi Omar School, Iwaya on Friday, 9th December with a performance by Odun Orimolade titled “Monument”.
Proceedings for the closing ceremony of the festival began on Sunday 11th December by 3pm with “Beyond the Comfort Zone”. A panel discussion on ‘Space-Conscious Artistic Interventions and Alternative Audience’ moderated by Emeka Okereke.
Iwaya Community Art Festival, is a brainchild of The Vernacular Art-Space Laboratory (VAL, Lagos) which is a not-for-profit production. It was organized by a group of young active artists led by Aderemi Adegbite, a Nigerian photographer, poet, multimedia artist and publisher. The idea of the festival was conceived to challenge “the notion of art in a white-box and create an entirely new space/audience for the arts in Lagos and environs”. Iwaya Community Art Festival aims to bring local, national and, where possible, international talents to Iwaya and to cater for different range of interests in arts and crafts within the Iwaya community and environ.
The festival also served as a perfect platform to bring the crème de la crème in the Nigerian Art space together as well as invited artists from the different parts of the world who participated in the festival.
Iwaya Community Art Festival aspires to be a platform for alternative visual narrations with an international focus. Presentations at the festival included photography, installations, performance, video art, dance, sport, and other forms of artistic expressions, and will take place on various streets within the community. Ajoke street served as the gathering point for attendees.