May becomes June and there’s lot’s to look forward to. Take a look at our guide for live music, theatre, concerts, parties, sales, shopping events and more, over the weekend and into next week. We update it daily so check back when making your plans!
What: Wakaa The Musical London Edition. The ever popular musical is back again with 16 shows at the new Terra Kulture Arena. Tickets – Regular N8,000 VIP N10,000.
When: Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th June 2017, 3PM & 7PM.
Where: Terra Kulture Arena, 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
What: The Lagos Leather Fair. The Lagos Leather Fair will bring together a host of leather designers, manufacturers, tanners, retailers, machinery and accessories suppliers.
The Lagos Leather Fair, pioneered by Femi Olayebi of FemiHandbags, seeks to promote leather designers, provide training for artisans and ultimately improve the quality of finished products and will also provide a networking platform for the major players along the leather value chain and attempt to change the narrative within a potentially lucrative industry.
The event promises to be educative, fun and interactive with exhibitions from over 50 leather goods designers, workshops, a panel discussion and masterclasses featuring both local and international speakers. His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano will be present as the chief guest of honour.
When: Saturday 3rd June 2017, 10AM – 8PM & Sunday 4th June 2017, 10AM – 10PM.
Where: Federal Palace Hotel, 6 – 8 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
What: Love & Recession. “A simple and humorous expression of romance during this time of economic recession!”
Young farmer Elemude, a long-time neighbor of Chief Sowande, has come to gain permission to propose marriage to Chief’s daughter, Ronke. Chief is overjoyed at this news as Ronke is already an old maid by Nigerian standards. As such, he immediately fetches his daughter so Elemude can propose on the spot. However, Elemude is an anxious hypochondriac, and while drumming up the courage to propose, he inadvertently gets into an argument over a nearby piece of land. The fight escalates and Elemude leaves in anger. In mutual anger, Chief tells his daughter “and the idiot came her to propose marriage to you”. Desperate to be married, Ronke goes into hysterics and begs her father to bring Elemude back; yet once again, the two get into a second argument. To Ronke’s dismay, Elemude collapses from his exhaustion over arguing, and apparently dies. However, after a few minutes he regains consciousness, and the relieved Chief all but forces the two to get married on the spot.
An adaptation of Femi Osofisan’s popular stage play titled ‘The Engagement’ inspired Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Marriage Proposal’, Love & Recession is directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa of the acclaimed stage play HEAR WORD! Music composed by Kenny Oretimehin and accompanied by master percussionists Blessing Akpofure and Emeka Anokwuru, as well as a small choir to include vocalists Debbie Ohiri and Olumide Dada.
Age 10+ Note: Special matinee shows for young children at 2PM only. Half price for children if accompanied by an full paying adult.
When: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th of June 2017, 2PM & 6PM.
Where: Agip Hall, MUSON Center, Onikan, Lagos.
What: Mosé Wonderland – An African Tea Party. The Mosé Store, a premium beauty retailer will open its doors to beauty connoisseurs at its flagship location as it officially launches this weekend. The event is open to all beauty lovers, offering an indulgent shopping experience with exclusive discounts and special deals you won’t find anywhere else. Dress code – Fantastically Printastic and Ankaratastic.
When: Saturday 3rd June 2017, 3PM
Where: Shop 8, Nelle Mall, Admirality Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
What: We Are The North by Williams Chechet. Nigerian born graphic designer, illustrator and muralist brings his latest art project, We Are The North to Lagos for his first solo exhibition at Moorhouse Hotel, in conjunction with Alliance Français de Lagos.
The project is a series of beautiful illustrations from Northern Nigeria, where Williams was raised, influenced by pop art – an art movement which involves imagery from popular culture being visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material.
When: Opening Saturday 3rd June 2017, 5PM.
Where: Moorhouse Hotel, 1 Bankole Oki Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
What: Jazzhole Screening Is That Jazz? Saul Williams’ comeback to cinema is in the form of a beautiful, sensual, humane tale, directed by Alain Gomis. In a village outside Dakar, the gods – or the stars, or destiny, have spoken: Satché must die by the end of the day. Until nightfall, the film follows him making his goodbyes to those around him – his family, his friends, his lover, his children, his wife. Initially fêted by his community with an enthusiasm tainted by melancholy, Satché, the one chosen to disappear, soon finds himself set apart from those closest to him, in beautiful scenes that seek to show those elements of friendship, desire, sadness, affection and anger that are usually left unsaid. Also staring Djolof Mbengue, Anisia Uzeyman and Aîsa Maîga. Alain Gomis will also attend the screening. Fee: N1,500
When: Sunday 4th June 2017, 4PM.
Where: JazzHole, 168 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
What: And Now We Have Entered Broken Earth. Debut solo exhibition from artist Eoghosa Osunde showcasing recent works she describes as “a visual story about familial intimacies and intergenerational cycles” that uxtaposes themes of addiction, the varied connections in familial relationships, isolation, mental illness, spiritual resistance and surrender.
When: Sunday 7th May – Sunday 4th June 2017.
Where: Rele Gallery, 5 Military Street, Onikan, Lagos.
What: Fabrics & Dyes. In this six-week exhibition, discover Nigerian-made textiles from farm to fabrics. Learn about our cotton, our silk (yes we have silk!), our looms and the different kinds of patterns, fabrics & dyes we have in Nigeria. Tickets N5000. For more information, contact 09092153879.
When: Sunday 21st May – Sunday 2nd July 2017.
Where: Studio of Modé, 4 Olumo Road, Parkview, Ikoyi, Lagos.
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