Lagos, QDance Center to host Afropolis 2024 festival

Posted on: July 11, 2024, by :

The Lagos State Ministry of Culture and Tourism in collaboration with the QDance  Center will host the maiden edition of  a-nine-day festival tagged Afropolis Lagos  2024. The festival takes place from October 26 to November 3, this year. The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka  said the event seeks to celebrate creativity, innovation, and the  aim is to transform Lagos into a vibrant hub of artistic and technological excellence.

At the ‘town hall meeting’, the state’s ministry of tourism and the co-organiser, QDance Center, used the opportunity to share insights about Afropolis, its goals, and the exciting activities planned.

The head of the QDance Center Mr. Qudus Onikeku explained that  Afropolis is a festival of nine days that will take place in the Onikan area of Lagos, in front of JK Randle Yoruba Culture Centre. The festival will showcase the whole gamut of creativity. The festival will take place from October 26 to November 3  this year.  He said the festival will transform Onikan’s main street, JK Randle Road, into a lively arts and tech assemblage.

Speaking  the festival, Lagos Tourism Commissioner further said: “The essence of Afropolis lies in its ability to bring together a diverse array of creative minds. Imagine the vibrant fusion of traditional and modern expressions that will be on display, from indigenous crafts to cutting-edge digital art. This melting pot of ideas and talents promises to be an unforgettable experience for both participants and attendees. As we gather here today, it is also important to reflect on the historical significance of Onikan. This area has long been a cultural hub,  and hosting Afropolis here is a fitting tribute to its legacy. The J.Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, in particular, stands as a beacon of our rich heritage and offers the perfect backdrop for this celebration. Additionally, we have launched various funding programs to support young creatives and organized international cultural exchange programs. These initiatives have enabled our artists to gain new perspectives, enhance their skills, and bring innovative ideas back to Lagos.”

The nine-day festival will culminate in a curated marketplace over the weekend, where participants will showcase their local and international innovations and works.

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