Winning Projects 2020

Support & Connect 2019 © Goethe-Institut/ Abayomi Akande

SUPPORT AND CONNECT – NIGERIAN ART AND CULTURE PROJECTS 2020

Goethe-Institut Nigeria is proud to announce the 12 successful projects to be funded in its 2020 Open Call to Support and Connect local initiatives in the Nigerian cultural scene.

Overall, a substantial number of high-quality projects were submitted from which only a few could be supported. The final selection spans the creative spectrum of theatre, arts journalism, gaming, music and the local comic scene.

Goethe-Institut intends to continue its Support and Connect grants, and wishes previous and potential applicants better luck next time.
 

About the selected Projects

Art Mobile Lagos © Ise Owo Omo-Gbolahan Art Mobile Lagos is a gathering for street performances, rituals, discussions, talks and discoveries for international literary activists and all kinds of art makers. 
 
The goal is to meet, engage, discuss, collaborate, network, teach, inspire, share, interact, create, and exchange through workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and symposiums.

The idea was conceptualized from the Nigerian doctrine of Odun which portrays how vital energies are transmitted according to time and season in a communal gathering. In this gathering, we shall reflect on internal intuitions upon external structures in a conversation to find meaning to existence.

We aspire to bring together artistic encounters into different public spaces in the city of Lagos. It is a nonprofit contemporary art meeting with the primary motivation of initiating a dialogue between academics, intellectuals, artists, other cultural practitioners and the public to reflect on social and political matters.
 
As a cultural hub we intend to posit African contemporary art in its highly international purview through the aforementioned activities.

The activities which would come in diverse approaches through residencies, research, public programs and publications will merit adventurous addition to art making and critical discourse.  It is our intention that these actions will lead to new public interest, reawake mobile and public art, inform and cultivate new local and international audiences and positively impact the community. The dynamism and complexity of the gathering makes it flexible and mobile in nature, as it will pop up in different public spaces, galleries, markets and exhibition halls in the city of Lagos.

Theme: SOJI The title of our event was adapted from the Nigerian slang Wake-up, as used by daily commuters on the streets of Lagos. The cosmopolitan mega city with her energetic vibes gives birth to such provocative words, which inspire her inhabitants to survive her daily hustle, bustle and tussle.

We have decided to meditate on this public contemporary history to fabricate an awareness of African communities. During the gathering we will consciously bring us back to the past while we fast forward to the present in the context of post-colonialism and the significance of African contemporary art in African communities.

Africa is confronted with the wits of colonial strength. The social environment of the continent is highly inflated by the disguise of assimilation policies. The nations, which were colonies, are now culturally engaged with the droplets of colonialist mentality, language, food, mode of dressing, music, religion etc. A virtual proof of colonial heritage. History, culture and traditional experiences determine our political and social environment. However, African contemporary art has integrated and materialized over time with the relationship between the historical and the current vision. This relationship leads us to the future.

About Us: Illuminate Theatre is a Lagos based, non-profit multidisciplinary creative lab where experimental artistic projects are created without boundary. Our collective is mainly focused on empowering, unifying and engaging the community through developmental projects. For five years we have contributed, curated and created thought provoking cultural and artistic projects featuring young people home and abroad in the course of performance and cultural exchanges. We have agreed to work together as a team for the purpose of creating a space to share, teach, acquire, implement and create community development art projects. We are committed to reinventing, recreating, developing and establishing a new form of performance approach from our basic knowledge of African traditional ways of engaging the public.

 
Enter Africa © Enter Africa Unlike its counterparts in the creative industry, Nigeria’s gaming industry has received minimal attention - despite showing a lot of potential. There is limited information on the industry, as well as its potential and ways to tap into it. Nigeria’s Gaming Industry: Opportunities, Challenges and
Practices is a project that seeks to explore the local gaming industry by engaging in conversations with creatives from Nigeria’s gaming and immersive media clusters and start-ups.
 
While facilitating conversations about the happenings within the industry through interviews, roundtables, exhibitions, site visits, etc., the insights gained from these engagements will be used to drive interest in the local gaming industry and to spotlight its multifaceted nature. In addition to conversations with industry stakeholders, the project will include open game-play events and workshops that would educate the public about the various aspects of gaming, and facilitate connections with the local gaming industry.

Enter Africa is a creative network represented in 15 African countries. The network boasts an interdisciplinary team of creatives who are not only passionate about the growth of the
African gaming industry, but seek to create a gaming ecosystem that represents African culture and reimagines African futures.
Abuja Fringe © Ajibola Fashola/PAWSTUDIOS Abuja Fringe Festival scheduled for 3-6 December 2020, is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival which will feature a range of events including music, theatre, film, exhibition, talent shows, awards, kiddies events, cabaret, panel discussions and trainings. It will target a wide variety of demographic, cultural and interest groups, attract people from other states to Abuja and incorporate a comprehensive promotional program covering traditional, online and social media. We want to drive massive engagement of young and diverse Nigerians during the festival through trainings, exhibitions and networking events.

Abuja Fringe Festival will also invest in the development of talent in the local area for eight weeks through a skills lab and participate in a valuable opportunity to enhance the artistic life within Abuja and the North, whilst also promoting access for international collaborations. The learning and development programme, co-creative activities and the interactions will bring the local communities together, giving people a sense of ownership and pride in their local areas and an opportunity to celebrate and embrace local diversity.

Abuja is a dynamic and rapidly growing city in entertainment and commerce. It is also one of the most culturally diverse in the country, one of only 2 with over 50% of the population speaking a language other than their indigenous tongue at home. Incomes are also rapidly increasing, and Abuja attracts in more workers than leave the area. These statistics demonstrate Abuja as an area for growth both as a community and an entertainment hub.
Abuja Fringe © Ajibola Fashola/PAWSTUDIOS Lagos Fringe Festival supports artistes to present a creative mix of theatre, poetry, film, spoken word, magic, cabaret shows, exhibitions, literature, dance and music etc. at no extra cost to them. It is an open access multidisciplinary arts festival scheduled to hold from November 17- 22, 2020.

Lagos Fringe is positioned to massively expand and enhance the festival to feature over 150 performances across various venues in the city that never sleeps. Our ambition is to build on the achievements of the previous festivals, by presenting a bigger programme, and expanding further to more locations around Lagos thereby continuing to implement the Fringe Festival objectives.

The core events will be produced and performed at Freedom Park, Lagos Island, however more than 100 other exhibitions of music, art, dance, photography and co creations which are independently produced will hold across Lagos mainland and Island.

Lagos Fringe Festival 2020 will also have some festival programs that will focus on learning through a series of conversations, workshops and networking events all related to the festival theme Inspired by the future for participants as well as the general public.
Artisan Fest Enugu 2020 © The Entrepreneurship Initiative of African Youth (EIFAY) Artisan Festival (#ArtisanFest 2020) is an art and cultural events of Entrepreneurship Initiative for African Youth (EIFAY) created to promote the art, cultural and creative enrichment and entrepreneurship of the artisan communities and groups.
 
This event will further enhance the contribution of artisan communities and resilient groups to art and cultural enrichment and sustainable economic development of the society.
 
The three-day "Artisan Festival Events 2020", to be held in Enugu at the National Museum of Unity (NewBerries Park), is expected to feature creative art exhibitions, visual and artistic performances by various artisan groups and communities from Nigeria's southeastern geopolitical zone, with the primary goal of promoting Nigeria's cultural heritage and economic development.

The objectives of the project are:
  1. To develop mechanism for strengthening craftsmanship, productivity and cultural enterprise opportunities for Nigerian artisans through arts and creative work exhibitions.
  2. To establish strategic arts and craft markets for the artisans and encourage patronage of made-in-Nigeria arts, designs, textiles and creative work exhibitions.
  3. To recognize local productions of arts and creative works through identifying and rewarding excellent performance, creativity and impact of the artisans in cultural and creative industries.
This first edition of Artisan Festival 2020 is expected to host at least 10,000 guests and participants.
Irie Vibes Fest © Irie Vibes Fest Irie Vibes Fest is a Music, Art and Health Awareness event providing free Cervical Cancer screening alongside awareness across the nation.

Asides creating a fun event with the best selections of Reggae music, it is also a direct way of sensitizing the public on the need to listen to conscious music.
 
However, the most important reason for Irie Vibes is to provide adequate information on the risks, and prevention of Cervical Cancer through On-the-spot Screenings.
 
The prevention of this disease lies in an annual check/screening of the cervix; this takes less than 3 minutes and it painless.
 
Attending Irie Vibes once a year is the perfect and sure way of ensuring that women from all walks of life get access to free screening at the event venue. Our strategy towards ending deaths by cervical cancer.
Unveiling the World © MOCA Unveiling the World, Transforming Reality: Practicing Intersubjectivity through Art and Design is a day-long symposium where contemporary artists, writers, academics, and the wider community are invited to explore interpretations and causes of our current socio-political reality and societal discontents.
 
Taking place on October 3rd, the symposium will include an exhibition, screening, and panels featuring innovative content with a focused, illuminating vision. In providing a platform for this leading-edge and engaging programming, we hope to capture an African zeitgeist and facilitate a sense of shared historical reality, thus prompting a sense of collectivity amongst the attendees. Additionally, our goal is for attendees to critically examine our adherence to realities and broaden notions towards possibilities of societal transformation through building a unified, critically-engaged, and progression-focused community.
 
‘Unveiling the World, Transforming Reality’ shares the wider vision of Museum of Contemporary Art Lagos: we aim to engage Nigerians in a robust contemporary arts culture and showcase independent and imaginative visions that will ultimately push our society to uncharted territories. As part of our Step Off the Map Initiative, it will expose local artists to invaluable professional connections, as well as concepts and art forms that can be explored in their own work. Previous Step off the Map panelists include Jumoke Sanwo of Revolving Art Incubator, Belgian artists Barbara Rottiers and Annick de Rop, photographer Uche James Iroha, and many other creatives who have made an impact in their communities.
LUDI Logo © LUDI The LUDI Library on African Culture, Architecture and Urbanism is an initiative that responds to the lack of centralized information sources on the peculiar rate, style and trend of design and urbanization in the African Continent.

Most of the literature on the subject is already widely discussed, but it lacks the continuity and cohesion necessary for a researcher to fully understand the issues. The library will therefore collect and catalogue books, journal articles, films, architectural and urban planning records, which may include floor plans and sections of notable or listed buildings as well as urban master plans.

The primary objective of the library would be to promote the knowledge of the African culture, architecture and urbanism as it has evolved through the centuries of recorded history.
  
This knowledge will be made accessible to students, researchers and professionals, not just in Lagos alone, but all over the world. It is expected to become an international point of reference for curated content on the diversity of African Culture, Architecture and Urbanism.

The primary contributors to this project are: Lagos Urban Development Initiative, Goethe- Institut Nigeria, The Sahara Centre and RYG Designs. The Library will be located at 31 Brickfield Road, Costain, Surulere, Lagos. It will have tagged shelves with alphabetic and chronological sorting/referencing. It will also have reading spaces for a maximum of eight persons at a time.
Conversations @ Indigo © The Sahara Centre Culture is also about evolution, and about ensuring that progress is made to advance society. 'Conversations @ INDIGO' is a free monthly conversation series started in mid-2019  to facilitate open conversations about various cultural topics with which the Nigerian audience can relate and that can contribute to the enlightenment of participants.

Conversations @ INDIGO are held in the form of a salon where big questions on various elements of life in Lagos and Nigeria are discussed to provide an open space for meaningful and stimulating engagement. This space is important to encourage curiosity and open-mindedness, and to teach people how to have meaningful conversations, ask deep questions and share answers that can contribute to sensemaking of the realities of life in Lagos, and Nigeria. 

In the editions of Conversations @ INDIGO, focus is on the socio-cultural elements in Nigeria and to highlight topics which have not been given the focus or space they deserve.
 
The goal of Conversations @ INDIGO, is to develop systems where the people - their opinion, feelings, ideas and contributions, both material and immaterial- remain at the centre of the country’s cultural development and to ultimately  advance the socio-cultural elements of the Nigerian society.
Price for Satire Logo © Punocracy Political apathy is on the rise in Nigeria at an alarming rate. For various reasons, many people simply do not care about how they are governed and hardly pay attention to latest political developments. Punocracy was birthed as a way of battling this problem and calling attention to various other social ills through creative writing—particularly, satire.

The Prize for Satire is an annual writing contest. The maiden edition, held in 2019, received 171 entries addressing an array of issues including political corruption, gender violence, religious hypocrisy, educational decay, internet fraud, lack of transparency and accountability in governance, and so on.

The judges included James Yékú, a PhD in English and Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA; and Oladeinde Olawoyin, an award-winning investigative journalist at Premium Times newspaper and author of the weekly column, Saturday Satire.

At the award ceremony held on the same day, November 9 was declared as the World Satire Day and will be celebrated every year with the winners of the prize celebrated close to the date. The ceremony had in attendance Tijani Oluwamayowa, an award-winning journalist with AFP and Development Editor for The Cable Newspaper, Yinka Egbokhare, author of Dazzling Mirage, as well as Mr Oladeinde.

The group will be organising the second edition of the writing competition and World Satire Day event in 2020 with significant improvements in reach and effectiveness, prominent among which is including a prize for satirical visual art. The project's objectives include: Making satire a widely appreciated tool of socio-political commentary; improving political awareness and participation while also combating apathy among Nigerians; celebrating the works, lives, and legacies of great satirists; and encouraging free speech and creative writing that is both politically conscious and socially responsible.
Oluosupa Art and Culture Training Academy (OACTA) © Sunday Alayinde Oluosupa Art and Culture Training Academy (OACTA) is a non-profit arts and culture initiative. We have a dual vision; to empower young Nigerians through life changing projects which gives them useful skills and to be a beacon for the celebration and appreciation of local arts, culture and heritage in Nigeria and across the world.

Nigeria is gifted with a growing population of young adults with immense talent and energy, but without the skills and knowledge to make the transition into working life. At OACTA, through our various arts and culture based workshops and training projects, we provide a platform for the acquisition of these skills and support art networks and communities.

The OACTA workshops will run this year from mid to the end of October 2020 in the ancient town of Ile-Ife, in Osun state. We are excited to bring together art professionals to this town with a great cultural heritage.
 
Through a dynamic series of participatory workshops aimed at practical training, young people will be provided with the skills and knowledge of local textile making using traditional and contemporary designs. Through a dynamic series of participatory workshops aimed at practical training, young people will be provided with the skills and knowledge of local textile making using traditional and contemporary designs. The aim is to provide participants with entrepreneurial skills as well as an appreciation of the indigenous and contemporary textile art forms accessible to them.
 
The project will take the participants on a practical tour of the production processes of single/multi-coloured designed batik products and culminate in the production of artistic and cultural textiles and utilitarian items - bags, garments and soft household furnishings.

In addition, participants will have the rare opportunity to work closely with visual and textile artists to gain an in-depth insight into the historical, mythological and philosophical narratives of African textile traditions through a visual and conceptual framework.

The climax of the project will be an exhibition showcasing the work of the participants and a discussion forum to facilitate debate and exploration of ideas and concepts.
Drawing the Line for Free Speech in Nigeria © Dada Adekoya/ CARTAN The Cartoonists Association of Nigeria, CARTAN, an umbrella group of Nigerian Political Cartoonists, Comic Artists, Animators, Illustrators and related professionals practicing in Nigeria and the diaspora, kicked off an online campaign with the theme: “Drawing the Line for Free Speech in Nigeria” on the 20th of January, 2020.

This online campaign (https://cartan.org/free-speech-campaign/) is intended as a creative response and contribution of the association to the on-going national discourse and engagement by various professional groups to the ‘hate Speech legislation’ which has passed second reading in the nation’s top lawmaking body. The Campaign will be rounded off with a Free-Speech Round-table planned for October 2020

The proposition in November 2019, by the Nigerian senate, of a bill to prohibit Hate Speech, potentially curbs the liberties of Cartoonists and allied practitioners of visual political commentary, to wit.
The proposed punishment ranges from a life sentence to death by hanging. 

Like other professional groups and civil society organizations, we believe this proposed law to be excessive, over-generalizing and a contravention of section 39 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, which guarantees freedom of expression, opinion and information. In the lucid words of the CARTAN President:

“Truth is like an artist’s imagination; it recognizes no barriers. No one deserves to be punished for expressing it. Around us, there are many realities which we have been conditioned to ignore, and our Campaign is meant to draw Attention to them.”