Upcoming festivals to look forward to in Nigeria
The second half of the year is the busiest time for tourism and cultural celebrations. Literary and music festivals are not left out on this one.
According to the remaining months of the year, we have detailed the major cultural, book and film festivals in Nigeria for 2018.
New Yam Festival
The New Yam festival, or Iwa Ji, Ike Ji, Iri Ji, is an annual festival that holds for a week in August. This year's dates are August 8-15. It is a time when the people from Southern and Eastern Nigeria gather to celebrate the new yams of the season with folk dances, masquerades and parades. The yams are offered to gods and ancestors first before distributing them to the villagers.
Ojude Oba Festival
On August 23, the Ijebu-Ode people celebrate their culture and heritage three days after the start of Eid-el-Kabir.
This is a two-week programme of events from August 13-17 that typically revolves around the cleansing of the town "Iwopopo". This is followed by the lighting of a 500-year-old 16-point lamp Olojomerindinlogun.
The Igogo Festival lasts a total of 17 days from September 5-21 in Owo, Ondo State. It also features the blessing and release of new yams.
Lights Camera AFRICA Film Festival
The Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! Film Festival was created in 2011 to stimulate discourse on issues and experiences that are rooted in the African experience. The annual event shares a diverse range of African and independent cinema including documentary, feature and animation, supporting the work of emerging African film makers. It holds this September 28-30 at the Muson Center.
Felabration is an annual music festival conceived in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti in memory and celebration of her father Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician and human rights activist known for pioneering the afrobeat genre of music. Felabration is held on the week of Fela's birthday, October 15-21 for this year, at the New Afrika shrine.
Ake Arts and Book Festival
The Aké Arts and Book Festival, founded by Nigerian writer Lola Shoneyin, is an annual literary, cultural and arts event that usually takes place in Abeokuta, Nigeria. It features book chats and the best African literature, poetry, music, art, film and theatre. This year, however, it shall be taking place for the first time in Lagos, between October 24-27 with the theme Fantastical Futures.
Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)
AFRIFF showcases a rich programme of films, keynote conversations and discussions on issues affecting the cinema with participation from filmmakers, critics, directors and the Press. The event usually takes place between November and December.
The Calabar Festival is the most anticipated cultural festival in Nigeria with visitors and performers coming in from all over the world. It is tagged as "Africa's Biggest Street Party" and holds in Cross River State all through December.
Abuja Carnival is set to hold from December 3-6, and promises to showcase the diverse cultural events and practices in all 36 states if Nigeria. Roadshows, music and dance, masquerades are just a few of the highlights of the event.
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