--RezThaPoet is the author of Beautiful One, a sensual book of poems published by Baron's Cafe.
Griots and Bards, a Spoken word, visual arts, and social conversation event will celebrate its One Year Anniversary on Thursday, 28th November 2019. The free event will hold at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, a visual arts space that has held previous monthly GAB events. GAB is curated by Adebola Afolabi (RezThapoet), a Spoken word Poet, Art maestro, and Business Consultant.
Akinyele Solchild, Event Manager of Griots and Bards said ‘In the space of one year, we have converted audience members from different demographies into the community, because we have created a space where artistic expression is explored and real and close-to-home social issues are engaged by the community.’
The monthly event has so far hosted national and international poets like Tanya Evanson (Canada), Starve Marv (US), Busiswe Mahlangu (SA), Plumbline (Nigeria) since its inception. It has engaged topics of Identity, rape, governance, feminism, xenophobia, mental health using the art as a conversation starter for robust and free conversations.
GAB has also curated Festival editions through collaborations with Minna Book and Arts Festival, Iwaya Community Art Festival, the Lagos International Poetry Festival and the Lagos Book and Arts Festival.
RezThapoet said that ‘the rationale behind festival partnerships is that the festivals want their audience to be part of energy in the arts scene in Lagos–the state has become the centre of the Arts and Culture in Nigeria. We are becoming a platform for professionals and creatives of all hues and ages. The festivals have found our project worthy of cataloging and experience’ and hope to leverage on our curatorial work to bring freshness to their festivals’.
RezThapoet, The curator also noted that the One Year Anniversary event will host special guest appearances, performances and will give room for the usually heated conversations on the ‘hot topic’ relevant to the socio-cultural clime.
To be part of the experience this Thursday, RSVP with this link to be on our guest list https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gab-one-year-anniversary-tickets-82828029867
See you on Thursday and have a splendid week ahead.