Lagos Theatre Festival (LTF) was created to promote theatre in unconventional spaces. Through the festival, theatre makers and producers are supported to expand their practice beyond traditional theatre spaces by creating work that responds to any given space.
The Lagos Theatre Festival was founded by British Council in 2013 as part of its ambitions to foster exchanges, collaborations and strengthen relationships between Nigerian and British artists through the presentation of high quality Nigerian and British theatre.
“We want to encourage more experimental works in unconventional spaces and foster more inclusion with this edition of the festival which will feature performances, a carnival, workshops and variety evening shows in 6 days. Our series of build-up activities to engage audiences and stakeholders towards the delivery of the festival have already commenced, so the festival has already started.” said Kenneth Uphopho, director of Lagos Theatre Festival
LTF 2013 was held at Eko Hotel, and featured 4 shows over one weekend; LTF 2014 held at Freedom Park also featuring 4 shows over four days; Following a break in 2015, LTF 2016 featured 109 shows over 6 days in 19 venues working with 35 theatre companies and was supported by First Bank of Nigeria.
The 2017 edition featured 86 events in 6 days at 16 venues with 40 production companies including 3 from South Africa, 1 from United States of America and 1 from the United Kingdom. It was supported by First Bank and Etisalat.
The fringe strand of the festival was introduced into the festival in 2016.
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