CORA Art & Cultural Foundation

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Call for Application

Posted by Samuel Osaze on September 19, 2013 at 8:20 AM

The CORA Arts & Cultural Foundation in association with British Council Lagos, requests the participation of creative visual artists, (digital artists, graphic designers, video artists / concept artists) in the creation of promotional videos (60 seconds) for the 15th Lagos Book & Art Festival.

Participants are welcome to redefine, through their work, what a graphic montage video should do and what a promotional video should be.


Young creatives working in the areas of digital art, graphic design, video art and animation, given to experimentation are most welcome to send in entries. While groups or partnerships may apply, it must be understood that the application form must bear the name of one group member who the group has accepted to represent it at every stage of the process. Only original works may be submitted and works showing evidence of copyright infringements will be automatically disqualified. 


  • Create an appealing visual video, 1 minute duration hosted on YouTube that can serve for driving viral publicity for the LABAF festival
  • Upload the YouTube video with subject name LABAF 2013 MONTAGE and your full name after it.
  • The links that have been submitted to the email address will be displayed on British Council social media platforms after the deadline for submissions for applications and then the entries will be voted for by liking the entry on the British council Nigeria arts Facebook page.
  • The entry that has the most votes on the last day for voting will be announced as the winner of the competition.

You may get more information on LABAF below and view photos / videos from previous editions on the CORA website: or at the LABAF website:

The British Council will oversee a selection process from which entries will be shortlisted. These entries will be exhibited at LABAF 2013 from November 15 -17, on the CORA / LABAF websites, their social media channels and other broadcast channels available to them before the festival dates. The overall winner will be announced at the 15th Lagos Book & Art Festival (15th – 17th November 2013).

The winner of this competition wins a flight to South Africa to participate at the Design Indaba Expo (28th February – 2nd March 2014) in Cape Town, South Africa.

In addition the candidate who is successful will be given space to exhibit / feature their works / portfolios at LABAF for the duration of the festival and would be expected to mentor school students participating in the children’s creativity workshops at LABAF 2013 (Nov 15 – 17). Availability for these dates is key.


Deadline for submission of entries: 21 October 2013

Voting period of video montage on 28 October – 01 November 2013

Announcement of shortlist: 06 November 2013


The annual Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) is a four day culture picnic with a high book content. LABAF is a culture picnic primed to attract families and a public that seeks cultural entertainment. The past fourteen editions have been filled with fun and thrills, with bands performing, galleries displaying art, theatre performances, and a series of art, craft, textile, dancing workshops focused on kids happening all over the open field. The festival features scores of book stands, symposiums on literature and book parties. There are at least four drama skits and full theatre productions on the festival grounds throughout the three-day duration of the Festival. The idea is to make “The Book” have mass appeal. LABAF is not a Book Fair; we rather like to describe it as an art festival with a high book content. The first edition of LABAF was held in 1999, the festival has since grown to be a world class – albeit home-grown – cultural event that has since become a highpoint in the nation’s cultural calendar. Curated by CORA, LABAF thrives on the participation and partnership of volunteers, artist groups, cultural institutions and the support of other organizations / individuals.


Holding at Freedom Park, the old colonial prison site on Broad Street, Lagos Island, (a location which resonates keenly with this year’s theme) from November 15 – 17, 2013, the 15th Lagos Book & Art Festival is themed: Nigeria’s Centenary: The Lagos Narrative. Through this theme we aim to kick start the conversation on Nigeria’s centenary celebration in 2014 by highlighting the pivotal role the city of Lagos has played in the emergence and growth of the Nigerian state.  As customary with the festival, this theme will be explored through music concerts, visual arts exhibitions, theatre performances, author readings and conversations. Highlights include mentoring for children by comedian Julius Agwu and a presentation of his book, Conversations surrounding Mallam Nasir El Rufai’s book The Accidental Public Servant and books signings by the author, The Green Festival (children’s’ creativity workshops and mentorship sessions), two music concerts, one poetry slam, two theatre shows, one art stampede on the books of Nollywood, two workshops for young writers and publishers facilitated by Sarah Odedina and (sponsored by British Council), Publishers’ Forum featuring Nigerian publishers and other publishers from other African countries (supported by Goethe Institut), events featuring 2 of the writers on Granta’s 2013 UK list of young writers Taiye Selasi and Benjamin Markovits (sponsored by British Council) amongst other events.

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