#AJourneyOfWonders: 8 Days Of The Amazing SPAN FESTIVAL (Pictures)

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It’s was a colorful week for SPAN Festival which kicked off last week with the theme ‘A Journey of wonders’  at Oceanview, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The festival had an impressive opening on Friday, November 8, with ‘Battery Dance Company’, a prestigious international dance group from New York, putting up a spectacular show ‘AUTOBIOGRAPHICA’.  The event also showcased a presentation from the Nigerian students who had been trained by the dance company during the week.  It was a captivating and inspiring evening with a mixed audience of the corporate community, art lovers, celebrities, and the expatriate community.

Following the grand opening, there were numerous events all week including ‘Gospel & Comedy Night’ on Sunday,The African Jazz Night, Taruwa Night, I.D.O Dance Battle, and 2 amazing dance theatre productions ‘Love is…’ show, and ‘Wishes & Horses’.  Infact, there was something for everyone; lovers of art, theatre, fashion, dance, spoken word, comedy and music.  There were free drinks available to attendees all through the festival, courtesy 7up Bottling Company and Nigerian breweries.

On Friday, November 15, 2013, the festival came to a grand close with the SPAN Awards, a glamorous night of fine dining and exquisite entertainment, honoring individuals and Organisations that have made an impact in the arts.

Audu Maikori of Chocolate City says “It was indeed a great honor to be asked to be one of the judges at this year’s Span Awards. The panel of judges consisted of very distinguished and erudite professionals in the creative arts sector, so you can imagine how robust and lively the deliberations over nominees and categories were!  Even though we didn’t all agree, one thing we were agreed on, was to make our most honest input and ensure that true diligence, creativity and excellence in the performing arts is duly recognized and rewarded”  If you missed the festival, you really missed o. See pictures below after the list of the SPAN Awards recipients.

SPAN Awards Recipients

Music for Performance Award:

Individual:  Mr. Ben Ogbeiwi

Corporate:  Nigerian Breweries

Fine Arts Award

Individual: Nike Okundaye

Corporate: Arthouse Contemporary

Fashion Award

Individual: Ituen Bassey

Corporate: Lagos Fashion & Design Week

Film Award

Individual:  Femi Odugbemi

Corporate: Ultima

Dance Award

Individual:  Segun Adefila [Crowne Troupe]

Corporate:  Maltina Dance All

Dramatic Arts Award:

Individual: Teju Karim [Z-Mirage]

Corporate: Terra Kulture

Lifetime Achievement Award in the ArtsProf. Bruce Onobrakpeya

Now enjoy some of the selected pictures from each of the days.

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Aderonke of Smooth FM
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Autobiographica
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Battery Dance Company New York
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Bez performing
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IDO Dance Battle: Dance battle participant who won a dance school scholarship
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Dance Battle
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Dance Battle
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Dance Battle
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Free drinks from 7UP all through the event
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From the theatre production ‘Wishes and Horses’
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Ita Hozaife handing Femi Odugbemi his award
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Nigerian Breweries bar
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Nike Okundaye of Nike art gallery
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Perpetual the Saxophonist
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Ruby of M.I’s Loopy Music
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Sarah Boulos, A guest, Massaad Boulos, Florence Ita Giwa
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SPAN AWARDS NIGHT
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Toni Kan
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Wanawana & Cecil Hammond
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Wishes and Horses
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Wishes and Horses
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Yetunde Babaeko handing award to Nike Davies Ekundaye
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