Best place to enjoy music, arts and culture in Lagos this weekend

Freedom Park, a memorial and leisure park, is definitely the place to be for lovers of arts and culture

Aerial view of Freedom Park

This week has been hectic for you at work and you are looking for a place to experience history, enjoy the arts, have some alone time or hang out with friends or members of your family, Freedom Park, a memorial and leisure park, is the place to be.

Freedom Park is a former colonial prison that was renovated into a park by Lagos State government. It has been transformed into a space dedicated to the arts and culture of Lagos people.

Built to commemorate Nigeria’s 50th Independence in 2010, it has become the go-to venue for diverse social events and recreational entertainment. Freedom Park is located on Broad Street, an easily accessed neighborhood on Lagos Island, it manages to maintain a serene environment, away from the usual bustle of that part of Lagos.

Many events are organized or staged in the park from book festivals to concerts, art festivals, drama, exhibitions and even some movie screening. On days that there are no events, taking pictures and wandering its vast grounds or taking a contemplative walk through the art gallery would give you peace.

For lovers of culture and history, the park has a museum and a souvenir shop, they also provide tour guides for people who wish to tour the park, their guides are well grounded in its history and are able to recreate the past, pointing out places of interest.

Also planted around the peripheral of the park are trees and flowering plants, I especially love sitting in the shade of a fruit tree near one of the fountains that also serves as a fish pond.

The events held in the park are diverse and at the same time focused on the theme, that of arts, culture and history.

During the just-concluded, Lagos Black Heritage Festival, the Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, staged one of his plays, Beatification of the Area Boy, in the open air, with members of the audience often rallied in to act ‘waka pass’ roles. Felabration, Lagos Book and Arts Festival, Afropolitan Vibes are some of the events held annually at the park.

According to Ayodele Olofintuade, here are some of the events held with regularity at the Freedom Park:

Rockinn-On with Edaoto (ROWE) – First Thursday of every month – 7-10pmAfropolitan Vibes – third Friday of every monthFelabration – held annually in OctoberLagos Book and Arts Festival – Annually NovemberLagos Veg Fest – Annually OctoberLagos Black Heritage Festival – Annually April

However, if you are stumped or undecided about where to revive your love for arts, Freedom Park is definitely one place you should visit.


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