What an enormous honor it is for Badagry to be hosting again a festival that sensitizes people toward the continued need for preservation and conservation of their tangible and intangible cultural heritage. This year we have a very stimulating and exciting schedule including theatre, dance, commemorations and parades.
As part of our “Connecting Badagry” initiative, we will be providing opportunities for artists and local communities to benefit from an exciting program of cultural exchanges that have been put in place to celebrate the cultural diversity of the region as well as inspire youth to partner to creatively and effectively express their views in constructive, progressive ways. We plan to host leading youth dance troupes from Haiti and the USA. The groups will be living and working together with troupes from Badagry to create a new, collaborative work, which will be performed at the festival beach concert.
Keeping in the spirit of the festival being a historical and cultural bridge between Africa and the African descendants in the diaspora. The 2014 festival be honouring and celebrating Toussaint Louverture whose military genius and political acumen transformed an entire society of slaves into the independent black state of Haiti. The success of the Haitian Revolution shook the institution of slavery throughout the New World.
Badagry Festival 2014, will be an exhilarating 8 days of non-stop music, dance, street parades, rituals, commemorations, theatre and visual arts showcasing the best of Nigeria. Through our building local audiences initiative, the 2014 festival is especially focusing on audiences from the Lagos State area, we welcome you to come and enjoy the beautiful serene beaches and historical landmarks and museums in Badagry.
A special thanks to His Majesty, De Wheno Aholu Menu-Toyi I (OFR,LL.D, D.Litt, JP), The Akran of Badagry Kingdom for the continued support of the Festival.
Chief Colin I. Atobajeun
Gbese of Badagry Kingdom
Chairman – 2014 Badagry Festival
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The Badagry Festival began its humble beginnings in 1999, as a remembrance for the slave trade era and the significance of the town in the era. In 1999, AREFO organized the first Badagry. Throughout the years, AREFO has spent hundreds of hours organizing the festival and have been instrumental in evolving it into the festival that we know today. Annually, on the 3rd week in August, hundreds of thousands of people converge at Badagry, Lagos to be part of the action that is The Great Badagry Festival. Badagry is completely transformed and is filled with fascinating sights, smells and sounds as hundreds of fine artists, musicians, dancers, exhibitors and food vendors take part in this one week celebration. The Badagry Festival features differing acts and performances. On our acts and performances includes Liberation Day Celebration, Football Competition (Oba Akran Cup), Arts & Crafts Festival, Nature/Water Sport Activities, Vothun Henwhe Festival, Zangbeto Exotheric Masquerade Festival, Gbenepo Royal Carnival, International Day for the Remembrance of Slave Trade and Its Abolition, Carnival Day and more!