Leading creative economy company Inspiro Productions committed to elevating the cultural landscape and contributing to the growth of Nigeria’s creative economy is thrilled to unveil The Lagos Global Afrobeats Kulture Festival – Lagos GAKFEST 2023, a week-long celebration poised to take place from December 3rd to 10th 2023. This extravaganza will be spread across two iconic venues – the Bay Lounge Waterfront and The Lekki Coliseum both in the Lekki phase 1 area of Lagos State.
Afrobeats is currently one of the fastest growing music genres in the world with the trailblazers of the genre undoubtedly Nigerians and Lagos Nigeria the Afrobeats Capital Of the World and a global Afrobeats hub, producing most of the stars who have gone mainstream and exploded to other parts of the globe in recent years. Currently, Afrobeats is fast reshaping the sound and texture of popular music globally. Its Afrobeats moment!
The Global Afrobeats Kulture festival – LAGOS GAKFEST 2023 is part of a multi-city multi-sound touring music, arts and culture extravaganza kicking off in Lagos Nigeria and moving to other major global cities. The event is positioned to be one of the most prominent events on the African cultural calendar and a spectacular celebration of Nigerian & African music, dance, art, and culture, showcasing the city’s role as a global hub for Afrobeats music while promoting cultural diversity, unity, and artistic expression. It offers a multi-dimensional experience that celebrates the essence of Afrobeats music, fosters cultural exchange, and reinforces Lagos’ position as a vibrant cultural destination. The event planned to be held over a week incorporates Music Performances, Dance Showcases, Fashion Runway, Art & Photo Exhibitions, Masterclasses & Workshops, Next Rated Talent Hunt, Pop-Up Marketplace & Others.
Conceived by Ayoola Sadare, the festival director and the visionary behind two decades of successful events, Lagos GAKFEST aims to unite cultures, empower youth, and stimulate dialogue on critical societal themes. In a statement Sadare said “what distinguishes Lagos GAKFEST is its immersive content – a dynamic blend of music, dance, fashion, art and more. Beyond a music festival, Lagos GAKFEST is a celebration of creativity that taps into the pulse of Lagos, showcasing the vibrancy and talent embedded in Nigeria’s cultural DNA’. “As a company deeply rooted in the fabric of Lagos & Nigerian entertainment, we birthed GAKFEST to create an annual touring spectacle that not only spotlights the brilliance of Afrobeats but also champions the development of our local creative economy and exports it. This festival is a platform for emerging talents and a source of pride for our city and nation.”
This year’s theme, “Redefining national Migration Initiatives By Developing The Local Creative Economy” reflects our commitment to addressing current challenges. The creative economy is a potent force against the pervasive ‘Japa’ culture, providing avenues for self-expression, innovation, and economic empowerment.
Lagos GAKFEST injects vitality into the Nigerian spirit, attracting local and international attention. Beyond the cultural spectacle, the festival generates economic opportunities, supports local businesses, reinforces and positions Lagos as The Afrobeats Capital Of The World & The global hub of Afrobeats. Lagos GAKFEST 2023 invites everyone to partake in a week where the rhythms of Afrobeats echo through the city, shaping narratives, fostering unity, and propelling the creative economy forward.
Artistes and other participants at the festival will be unveiled.