Notable stakeholders in the arts are gathering in Enugu once again to participate in this year’s edition of the annual Life in My City Arts Festival (LIMCAF) which will hold from 11th to the 16th of November 2019.
LIMCAF 2019 will open with the grand finale of the arts exhibition on Monday 11th at the International Conference Hall of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, according to veteran broadcaster and media manager, Mr. Kevin Ejiofor, who is executive director of the Festival.
Among other features of this year’s event is a festival lecture on Tuesday 12 November by emeritus professor Ola oloidi, a renowned professor of art history and art criticism, as well as a children’s art workshop.
The curtain will be drawn on the events on Saturday 16 November with a grand gala and award night that will be overseen by foremost artist, Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya as chair of the occasion.
Expected at the final event are other notable patrons, including Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha who is patron of LIMCAF, and retired international arts scholar, El Anatsui and a host of traditional and political leaders led by Enugu State’s Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who has consistently played host to the event.
Judges for this year’s competition have been carefully selected to ensure that decisions over winning artworks follows strict and rigorous professional standards, the organizers said. At the head of the judging panel is Mr. Nsikak Essien, a prodigy who trained at the famous IMT art school, from where he graduated as best student of the school in his set.
The LIMCAF grand finale is an annual gathering of artists, art scholars, collectors, gallery owners, and art patrons in Enugu who throng the venue to savour and encourage creative efforts of budding artists whose works made it to the finals, from the respective zonal contests that held in selected centres across the nation.
This zonal contests for 2019 took off from the Zaria Exhibition Centre of the Department of Fine arts, Ahmadu Bello University (North West) on 10 July 2019, from where it veered South-South to the Benin Exhibition Centre, before zooming off south-westwards to three centres (Lagos, Ibadan and Oyo). From Oyo, it went up to Abuja (North Central) before the baton was handed over to the South East in Enugu which brought up the rear.
LIMCAF, is an art competition organized for young Nigerian artists who are 35 years or less. Winners from the zonal levels are sponsored to Enugu in November of each year to battle for the final prizes.
Artists that participate in the programme feature works in painting, mixed media, sculpture & ceramics, photography, graphics, digital arts, textile arts and so on.