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Jericho Brown, Bassey Ikpi, to Headline LIPFest 2023 Themed “Sanctuary”

Jericho Brown, Bassey Ikpi, to Headline LIPFest 2023 Themed “Sanctuary”

LIPFest 2023 - Sanctuary - Afrocritik

Registrations are now open for the 9th edition of the annual festival which celebrates poetry, literature, and culture.

By Helena Olori 

The Lagos International Poetry Festival (LIPFest) has unveiled American poet and writer, Jericho Brown, renowned for his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection The Tradition, and  Nigerian-American New York Times bestselling author, Bassey Ikpi, as headliners for this year’s edition scheduled for October 26th to 29th at the Alliance Française, Mike Adenuga Centre, Lagos.

Jericho Brown to headline LIPFest 2023 - Afrocritik
Jericho Brown
Bassey Ikpi to headline LIPFest 2023 - Afrocritik
Bassey Ikpi

Running with the theme “Sanctuary”, the event aims to create “an immersive sanctuary for reflection and wellness over the course of four transformative days.”

The LIPFest 2023 will feature lots of thought-provoking sessions, including poetry readings, specialised workshops and masterclasses, panel discussions with industry experts, film screenings, spectacular performances from some of Africa’s finest talents, and a one-million-naira winner-takes-all poetry slam. 

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The festival also boasts an impressive lineup of 40 guests, including award-winning poets, writers, and artistes from across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Gambia, Germany, the UK, and Slovenia.

Beyond the creativity and inspiration it promises, LIPFest 2023 will also serve as a networking platform for emerging and established poets and literature aficionados.

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The annual event, a first of its kind in West Africa, is an extraordinary literary gathering that celebrates poetry, literature, and culture. It also “facilitates Pan-African, Pan-diasporic, and international connections between poets and writers from different universes of experience.”

Intending participants and art enthusiasts can register here to secure a spot.

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