Salon Africana Presents “The Fabric of Courage”: A Tribute to FESTAC ’77

Salon Africana proudly announces its inaugural public program on the African continent, set to unfold in Lagos, Nigeria this week. Entitled “The Fabric of Courage,” this multidisciplinary salon commemorates the history of the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, fondly remembered as #FESTAC77.

Taking place from April 8th to 14th at the Old Printing Press on Broad Street, Lagos Island, the Fabric of Courage event seeks to reconstruct the fragmented archive of FESTAC ’77. It delves into the enduring impact of this seminal event on Nigeria’s cultural landscape and the broader pan-African cultural sphere.

The Fabric Of Courage Event Flyer

This salon invites the public to immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of visual and auditory experiences. Visitors can expect to encounter striking large-scale images by acclaimed American FESTAC photographer Marilyn Nance, drawn from her celebrated book – Last Day In Lagos. Notably, Nance’s presence at the event marks her first return to Nigeria since 1977. Additionally, the exhibition will feature a poignant photograph by legendary Nigerian photographer Tam Fiofori, alongside a captivating sound and film installation by vocalist and writer, Somi.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to acquire copies of LAST DAY IN LAGOS and Chimurenga’s groundbreaking FESTAC anthology, available for purchase while supplies last. The exhibition will be open daily from 11 am to 4 pm, offering ample time for visitors to explore and engage with the diverse offerings.

The Fabric of Courage event is made possible through collaborative efforts with African Artists Foundation , the Center for Art Research and Alliances, Chimurenga Magazine, and The Africa Center. Salon Africana extends its gratitude to the Mellon Foundation for their generous support, ensuring the realization of this significant cultural endeavor.

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