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Mark your calendars, all fashion, art, music and entertainment lovers! ALKEBULAN Art and Fashion Festival is coming your way this November from the 18th to 19th, 2017.

The two-day event, scheduled to hold this last quarter of the year at Freedom Park, Lagos, is the festival’s maiden edition and the organisers are prepared to showcase an event that will be a medley of various exciting cultural festivities.

Banner design for the ALKEBULAN Festival

This year’s edition is themed “HERITAGE: A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE”, and it is scheduled to begin 10am daily on each day. The festival’s goal is to show that heritage and culture can be passed on from one generation to the other, to positively transform our society.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Enye Interiors Limited and founder of the festival, Kokwe Yebovi said “I have created the festival with the understanding that it is necessary to appreciate and reconnect with our original cultural identity and as a foundation to building a sustainable socio-economic future.

While celebrating the arts, community and family values, the ALKEBULAN Festival will also seek to fill the knowledge gap that has separated many generations from our heritage, with a series of lectures and symposiums.

The Festival will also provide a much-needed opportunity to promote and encourage innovators and entrepreneurs who are blazing the trail with locally manufactured products in order to empower our communities economically.”

ALKEBULAN is believed to be the name of indigenous origin for the continent now known as “Africa”. It means “Mother of Mankind” and was used by the Moors, Nubians and Ethiopians. It is believed that the current name “Africa” was given to this continent by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

The ALKEBULAN Art and Fashion Festival is expected to feature spectacular art installations, art exhibitions, exciting artistic performances in music and dance, and unique shopping experiences. Other features of the innovative fashion and textile design and ALKEBULAN sporting events and games and also food and drink celebrating local produce.

A unique highlight of the festival is the ALKEBULAN COLLECTION – an exhibition of traditional works of art gathered from various parts of the West African region by Yebovi over a period of 15 years. These sculptural pieces, according to her, are ambassadors of the cultures from which they were created.

A contemporary art exhibition titled ÀJÍ-DÌDÉ, meaning ‘AWAKENING’ “is a cutting edge display of paintings, photography, digital imagery, installation and performance art by some of our renowned artists and a few surprising ones,” Yebovi says.

Banner design for AJI DIDE exhibition, at the ALKEBULAN Festival

The festival promises to be an authentic cultural experience! Side attractions include the delicious food and drinks and the after-party. The ALKEBULAN Festival which is being tagged as “the Unmissable Festival”, is organized by Enye Interiors Limited in partnership with Freedom Park, Lagos.

Tickets are on sale already at the ALKEBULAN Festival website.

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Deji Okufi

Whenever Deji Okufi is not spending all his time scouting for new models or researching the modelling and fashion industry, he's researching ways he can deliver better content for his readers. In an attempt to control his obsession for perfectionism he also studies Digital Marketing.

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