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Meet Kenneth Uphopho (Nigeria; 2019 ISPA Fellow)

Thursday, March 7, 2019   (0 Comments)

Kenneth UphophoToday we’re highlighting 2019 Fellow Kenneth Uphopho, Festival Director of the Lagos Fringe, Nigeria, which he and his wife Brenda Uphopho launched in November 2018. Prior to heading up the Fringe, Kenneth and Brenda were the co-founding Festival Director for the British Council Lagos Theatre Festival from 2014- 2018.

When asked about their intention behind launching the Lagos Fringe, Benda notes:

“Our idea was to create an alternative festival where, if you didn’t get to perform in March, you get to perform in November. And since this was the fringe, it had to be totally open-access and cut across everything: music, street theatre, circus, busking, drama and comedy.”

Kenneth adds:

“The model for the Lagos Theatre Festival itself was a response to the lack of infrastructure here in Nigeria, so it was based on what was lacking and to help develop others to make work.”

Read more about the history and often volatile context in which Kenneth and Brenda Uphopho have been shaping the Nigerian cultural landscape in this profile by The Stage. Kenneth will be attending the Guadalajara 2019 ISPA Congress this coming May!