PRESS RELEASE: FESTIVAL POETRY CALABAR 2017
DRUMS OF POETRY: ECHOES & PROSPECTS
Poets in Nigeria (PIN) and Festival Poetry Foundation (FPF) are pleased to announce the programme details for third edition of Festival Poetry Calabar. Themed “Drums of Poetry – Echoes & Prospects”, the annual poetry fiesta will hold in the city of Calabar from 21st – 23rd December, 2017.
The 3-day event is expected to draw lovers of literature and other art forms to Calabar while treating the residents of the city to an assortment of intellectual activities amid the merriment of the Calabar International Carnival. To this end, poetry, music, drama, cultural dance, art exhibitions and panel discussions will take centre stage at James Ene Henshaw Foundation situated at 4, Murtala Muhammed Highway, Calabar.
Headlining the event are notable poets, performance poets and musical artistes including Lawal Kafayat Gold, Kalejaye Folajimi, Prince Charles, Damilola Makinde, Clementina Owumi (The Solutionist), Steve McNaevets and many others. Notably, the keynote address ‘Drums of Poetry: Echoes & Prospects’ will be delivered by Dr. Tom Inyabri, a distinguished literary scholar, poet and lecturer at the University of Calabar. This will be followed by a literary discourse featuring Dr. Tom Inyabri, Dr. Peter Onwudinjo, Dr. Bassey Ekpenyong, Ene Edem, Onyekachi Peter (Moderator), on Christopher Okigbo’s Lament of the Drums. Additionally, the James Ene Henshaw Foundation will stage a play entitled Papa Geno and perform excerpts from ‘Eriata on Marble’, a collection of witty and mind-enriching verses by Sir Eriata Oribhabor.
In a brief chat with the publicity arm of PIN, the President of PIN and Director of FPF, Eriata Oribhabor said, “The initiative is an attempt to make poetry a socially responsible tool within a setting that favours literary offerings. Calabar will witness 3 days of exciting poetic activities and intellectual cleansing. We are delighted to be ending the year on a high note having unflinchingly pursued the mantra: poetry for service.”
Since inception in 2015, Festival Poetry Calabar has been championing a literary renaissance in the city of Calabar, with poetry firmly positioned at the base.
NOTE: Winners of the Ken Egbas Prize for Festival Poetry (Calabar 2017) will be announced on the PIN website (www.poetsinnigeria.org) shortly. The winners are expected to be at the festival to read their poems and be awarded cash prizes totaling ₦70,000.
Please find below the official programme of event:
Thursday 21st December
15:00 -18:00 – Arrival/ Registration
18:10 – 20:10 – Opening Ceremony/Calabar Welcomes
Welcome Remark – LOC, Chairman, Mr. Bassey Asuquo
Artistic flavors of Calabar
Friday 22nd December
10:00 – 10:15 – Introduction/Open mic
10:15 – 10:20 -The James Ene Henshaw Centre (JEHC) – James Ene Henshaw (Jnr)
10:20 – 10:35 – Opening Address – Mr. Eriata Oribhabor
10:35 – 12:15 – Keynote/Theme Address – Dr. Tom Inyabri
Questions & Answers/Responses
12:15 – 12:45 – Efik Folk Performance
12:45 – 13:45 – Break/Lunch/Exhibition hall
13:45 – 14:45 – Presentation/Panel Discussion of Christopher Okigbo’s Lament of the Drums
Dr. Peter Onwudinjo
Dr. Bassey Ekpenyong
Mr. Ene Edem
Dr. Tom Inyabiri
Mr. Onyekachi Peter (Moderator)
15:10 – 17:00-Tour of Marina Resort/Slave Museum
18:00 – 18:30 – Operatic Performance by the James Henshaw Foundation
18:30 – 20:30 – Guest Poetry Reading and Performance
Saturday 23rd December
10:00 – 10:30 -Introduction/Open Mic
10:30 – 11:00 – Documentary Film
11:00 – 12:00 -Teen Poetry Reading /Performance
Featuring Teens from Calabar Teens
12:00 – 16:00
17: 00 – 21: 00 – Poetry Rendition & Awards
– Poetry Reading & Performance
– Award of Ken Egbas Prize for Poetry
– Music, Dance, etc.
For enquiries on participation, please contact Veralyn Chinenye: 09091959748.
Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom
For: PIN & FPF