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TELLING OUR STORIES: Taruwa Festival Back with a 2nd Edition

The hilarious stage adaptation of Bobo Omotayo's book 'London Life Lagos Living' at the Festival last year

The hilarious stage adaptation of Bobo Omotayo’s book ‘London Life Lagos Living’ at the Festival last year

The festival will be telling Nigerian/African Stories through Performance Art

The festival will be telling Nigerian/African Stories through Performance Art

This June, the city of Lagos will be given an unforgettable experience as Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria [TAF] returns with a second edition themed ‘Telling Our Stories’. The festival which debuted a year ago is back with an assortment of events spread out through 4 days from Wednesday, June 4 to Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the prestigious arts and culture hub, Terra Kulture.

 

The debut edition of the festival, which held in June 2013, garnered rave reviews from a stage adaptation of Bobo Omotayo’s bestselling book London Life Lagos Living, a children’s show, screening of short films, Open Mic Theatre, a mega concert, and the final closing ‘Ankara Ball’; a grand evening of amazing performances and fine dining

 

“The success of the first edition of the festival left us so delighted and we’re grateful for all the support and we ask that you be a huge part of it this year!”” says Lydia Sobogun, CEO of Gbagyichild Entertainment, conveners of the monthly Taruwa event and Organisers of the Taruwa festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria.

The second edition of the festival will be a 4day cocktail of rich events telling the Nigerian and African story through Music, Spoken word, literature, dance, fashion, a workshop and the stage production of the play ‘The Engagement’ by award-winning Author, Sefi Atta.

Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts is a carefully planned collection of events, and the team is working to ensure everyone who attends has a memorable experience, a goal Taruwa has strived to achieve over the years.

“Fulfillment for us comes from seeing the smiles on the faces of our audience after experiencing a stage production, a music performance or any of our shows and we got a lot of that, including rave reviews at last year’s edition of the festival” Says Bee Azubike, Creative Director, Taruwa “This year, we plan to give our audience an even better experience through remarkable stories”

Though in its second year, the passionate team at TAF plans for the festival to be the largest and most consistent performing arts festival in Nigeria, attracting visitors from all over the world, and making it a festival of National importance, highly valued as a catalyst for cultural and community development.

 

 

The Engagement Play

Day 1

Event 1 [Theatre – The Engagement]

Description: A family is at odds on the day of their daughter’s engagement ceremony. Watch as the plot thickens and the twists take dramatic new turns! The Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts kicks off with this witty and dramatic stage play written by prize-winning Nigerian author and playwright, Seffi Atta. Directed by the talented Kenneth Uphopho of ‘Harvest of Soyinka’ plays ‘Trials of Brother Jero’ and ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’

 

DATE:        Wednesday June 4, 2014

 

VENUE:     TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage, VI, Lagos.

 

TIME:         [2 Shows] 4:30pm  &  6:30pm

 

TICKETS:   N3, 500 (Three Thousand Five Hundred Naira Only)

Day 2

Event 2 [Dance] Ijodee International Dance Exchange

 

Description: Experience the side to Dance you never really knew existed as Taruwa Festival presents Ijodee International Dance Exchange [Dayo Liadi ‘Olorioko’ Dancer], a dance production featuring amazing dance performances from various dance companies.

 

DATE:         Thursday June 5, 2014

 

VENUE:      TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage, VI, Lagos.

 

TIME:          6:30pm

 

TICKETS:    N3, 000 (Three Thousand Naira Only)

Day3

The Workshop [Taruwa Festival Performance Workshop]

Chocolate City’s Audu Maikori, Nollywood Veteran Charles Novia, and Alternative Soul Singer, Bez will be facilitators and coaches at the festival workshop. If you are a performer, this is for you.

 

The workshop will take the form of a performance event, with participants as performers for the day, and the facilitators as judges and coaches. Each participant will have an opportunity to perform individually. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian performers as well create a stage for expression. Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted and participants get a ticket to the Taruwa Night later that evening, and an automatic chance to perform at the next Taruwa event after the festival, which will hold on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

 

Workshop Details

 

Date:       Friday, June 6, 2014

 

Time:     10:00am

 

Venue:    Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos

 

Fee:         N5,000 [Five Thousand Naira Only]

 

Day 3

Event 3 [Taruwa Night at The Taruwa Festival]

Description: Taruwa is a hugely popular monthly gathering, known for strictly-amazing performances in music, spoken word, monologues and comedy. Get set for an unforgettable evening of the arts and non-stop entertainment as carefully selected acts thrill you with the finest performances; Guaranteed the most fun-filled Friday evening you’ve had in a while!

DATE:         Friday June 6, 2014

VENUE:      TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage, VI, Lagos.

TIME:          6:30pm

TICKETS:    N3, 000 (Three Thousand Naira Only)

 

 

TAF WORKSHOP(1)

Calling All Performers!!

TARUWA NIGHT

A special edition of ‘TARUWA’, the hugely-popular monthly event, at the festival

Ankara Ball: The Grand Closing. An evening of fine dining, exquiste entertainment, and beautiful people

Ankara Ball: The Grand Closing. An evening of fine dining, exquiste entertainment, and beautiful people

 Event 4 [The Ankara Ball]

Description: After 3 days of pure entertainment through Theatre, Dance, Spoken word, comedy and Music, Taruwa Festival will come to a grand close with The ANKARA BALL, a glamorous Ankara-themed night of fine dining, exquisite entertainment and beautiful people. Expect awesome performances.

DATE:        Saturday June 7, 2014

VENUE:     TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage, VI, Lagos.

TIME:         7:00pm

Dress Code:   Glam Ankara

Ticktes available at Terra Kulture and online on Naijaticketshop, Afritickets, Ariiyatickets, and Quickteller.

For more information, Please call [234] 808 159 7669 or log on to www.taruwafestival.org

 

 

 

 

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