Friday, 10 July 2009

CORA holds quarterly Art Stampede

Here's a press release from CORA on its quarterly arts stampede which will hold at the National Theatre on Sunday:

The quarterly Art Stampede, the signature programme of the Committee For Relevant Art, will hold at the National Theatre on Sunday July 12, 2009. Time 1.30pm.

The stampede is a discursive platform at which the burning issues of culture production in our country are discussed by an audience which includes painters, poets, actors, singers, TV scriptwriters, fashion designers, essayists, novelists, drummers, sculptors-the entire community of culture producers. This edition of the Stampede has, as its theme: 'LEGENDS and LEGACIES' and is designed to explore strategies through which the work of legends and heroes of Nigeria art and culture sector can be adequately documented and preserved for the benefit of succeeding generation of artists as well as the Nation in general.

The Stampede will also be used to commemorate both the one year memorial of the death of Mr. Steve Rhodes, the renowned music composer and arranger, who is also the patriarch of all of contemporary Nigerian arts, as well as celebrate the playwright and memoirist Wole Soyinka who clocks 75 on July 13.

Among the Speakers expected are the Federal Director of Culture, Mr George Ufot; the Director General of the Lagos State Records and Archives, Mr Uthman Bolaji, the actor and Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Richard Mofe Damijo, the veteran art producer and manager, Femi Jarret, the Founder/CEO of the African Movie Academy, Peace Anyiam–Osigwe (also of the Anyiam Osigwe Foundation) and , Mr Femi Odugbemi, former President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria, ITPAN, and director of the DXWorx Studios, who has done documentary film on some of the veteran artists, including on Steve Rhodes.

The Stampede is a combination of dialogue, music and other artistic performances. It will involve participation of a number of distinguished artists located in the city.

For more information please contact

Toyin Akinosho,


The Committee for Relevant Art, winner of the 2006 PRINCE CLAUS FUND AWARD, is a group of artistes, art enthusiasts, art promoters and art writers committed to the development of the Arts of Nigeria and their enabling environment. Its projects include the quarterly Art Stampede, the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival, the quarterly Lagos City Art Guide, and the annual Lagos Open Air Film Festival. It also collaborates with other artistes, activists and enthusiasts to organise the annual Lagos Comic Carnival and the Great Highlife (Revival) Party. It continues to seek out, tend, groom and harvest the best of the old and emerging arts of Nigeria.

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