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Where Are We Now? festival celebrates all things Nigerian in South London

Where Are We Now? South London's week-long festival to celebrate half a century of Nigerian independence starts today.
Lewisham's StoneCrabs Theatre Company, in association with the Albany performing arts centre of Deptford (South East London), together with award-winning playwright Bola Agbaje will bring to you theatre, film, music, fashion and all things Nigerian.

Running from October 18 to October 22, 2011, Where Are We Now? will feature a range of activities including an authentic African Market, the premiere of documentary From Biafra to London, a new play by Laurence Olivier Award-winning playwright Bola Agbaje and a theatrical fashion extravaganza!

Where Are We Now is a culmination of Odoya Nigeria!, an oral history project focused on relating the experiences of Nigerian Migrants to London during the Nigerian Civil War (1967 – 1970). The stories of these migrants were uncovered through workshops and interviews led by Bola Agbaje, and are documented in the film From Biafra to England: Nigerian Heritage Project.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18
African Market (10am – 4pm).
Arts and Crafts, Fashion, Food, Face Painting, Film Screenings and more…An authentic African Market experience indoors!

Festival Launch (6.30pm).
From Biafra to England: Nigeria Heritage Project Book/DVD launch.
Screening of From Biafra to England
Ten people, ten stories, one journey – From Biafra to England screening is followed by a Q&A and panel discussion.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19
African Market (10am – 4pm).

The Burial – a new play by Bola Agbaje (7.30pm).
When Funmi’s father dies, she is forced to evoke real emotions when his two wives clash over burial arrangement. This is a stage reading of what is described as a brilliant, funny, sharp and observant comedy. Tickets: £6.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

African Market (10am – 4pm).
Dilemma of A Ghost, a play by Ama Ata Aidoo (7.30pm).

A witty, perceptive social and honest explorations of the conflicts between the individualism of westernised culture and the social traditions of Africa. Tickets: £6.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
Where Are We Now?, a theatrical fashion and music extravaganza (7.30pm).
An innovative pop up Fashion Theatre Show featuring guest performances by traditional and contemporary artists. Tickets: £8.
For tickets, call The Albany box office on 020 8692 4446 or visit www.thealbany.org.uk

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