(Being introductory note to the LABAF 2017 programming concepts, by JAHMAN ANIKULAPO, Programme Chair of the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, and Festival Director, LABAF)
We find ourselves living in a time where the fundamental underpinnings of democracy are being challenged and disrespected ad absurdum, as demonstrated by the current president of the United States towards a hitherto functioning judicial system. Even the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1951 Geneva Convention on refugees, and individual countries' membership of the European Union are being called into question by certain Western statesmen and women and candidates for political leadership.
CORA Arts stampede: Reminiscences on the early years
The need to create a veritable platform to discuss issues concerning Nigeria’s arts and culture led to the birth and growth of the quarterly Arts Stampede organised by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA). At the time of its conception, there was obviously no public forum like that in Nigeria for artists, culture practitioners and enthusiasts to assemble on a regular basis to subject their affairs to scrutiny. So when it finally came, the Arts Stampede filled a wide gap in the nation’s cultural history, drawing the arts and culture community together for the purpose of dialoguing on ways and strategies of repositioning the sector.