Lagos International Poetry Festival Announces 2023 Edition: “Sanctuary”

Lagos International Poetry Festival Announces 2023 Edition: “Sanctuary”

The Lagos International Poetry Festival (LIPFest) is excited to announce its 2023 edition — scheduled to take place from Thursday, October 26, to Sunday, October 29, with the theme “Sanctuary” — a four-day series of events designed to hold space for stillness and renewal.

Panel Discussion, Bernadine Evaristo and Otosirieze Obi-young, LIPFest 2019
Panel discussion: Bernadine Evaristo and Otosirieze at LIPFest 2019.

As the accelerated pace of hyper-capitalism continues to splinter our attention in several anxious directions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain private and public environments for the kind of contemplative attention to which we owe the most profound of human achievements. The consequence has been the steady dissolution of silence into noise, independent thinking into groupthink, and as the Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han cleverly put it, “a low tolerance of boredom,” that disallows “the profound idleness that benefits the creative process.” And so, for LIPFest 2023, we draw on the psycho-spiritual resources of art and poetry, literature and culture, to call us back to solitude and a re-connection to self and truth. 

Saul Williams, LIPFest 2021
Saul Williams performs at LIPFest 2021.

LIPFest 2023 will offer a diverse range of artistic experiences, including performances and readings, panel discussions and workshops, film screenings and exhibitions. The festival is proud to present a line-up of prominent artists, poets, writers, activists, healers, and thinkers dedicated to creating an immersive sanctuary for reflection and wellness over the course of four transformative days.

Rudy Francisco - Poetry Masterclass, LIPFest 2023
Rudy Francisco teaches a poetry masterclass at LIPFest 2022.

Visitors can also look forward to yoga and wellness sessions, a movement therapy space, a game room, and an on-site private oasis for writing and reflection.

The venue for this year’s festival is the Alliance Française Mike Adenuga Center, 9, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.


We invite you to join us in this sanctuary of stillness, creativity, and rejuvenation. Let’s transcend boundaries, connect through words, and celebrate our shared humanity at LIPFest 2023.

For information on guest line up, festival programme, and further updates follow the Lagos International Poetry Festival on Instagram and Twitter @Lagospoetryfest.

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About Lagos International Poetry Festival

Since 2015, the Lagos International Poetry Festival, an arm of Creative Africa, has brought together some of the biggest writers, poets, thinkers, artists, and public intellectuals for four days of readings, performances, workshops, panel discussions, and a celebration of creativity, establishing itself as one the continent’s key cultural highlights. The festival is invested in sustaining an inclusive space for the free exchange of ideas and a platform for connecting poets, writers, and artists to new audiences and practices. It has continued to invest in the development of the local literary and cultural scene by platforming emerging talents and equipping poets and writers with the skills and resources they need to flourish, through its annual workshops and school outreaches.

LIPFest was imagined as a vehicle for enabling poets existing on the fringes to create their own centers of gravity, with cultural force, vision, and daring, and continues to attract pioneering spirits and emerging voices. We believe facilitating pan-African, pan-diasporic, and international connections between poets and writers from different universes of experience are important to deepening artistic consciousness and are enthusiastic about collaborations that expand space for the life of the mind and enrich practice.

Contact us at for exchanges and collaborations.

3 Responses

  1. I am an American poet living in Thailand. I would like to be invited as a participant in one of your doming festivals.

  2. I just contacted you about participating in your festival. I should have noted that I have published several Nigerian poets in my old, recognized for its excellence by Poets Printery, a publishing house in South Africa.

  3. Hello, I am Sandile Nxumalo aka Msandi Kababa from the Kingdom of Eswatini. I am a poet and also record and release my poetry with music.
    I am interested in participating in your next poetry festival, my profile is attached.


    Sandile Nxumalo
    +268 76215814

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