|Photo Credit: Julian Roder|
German firm Henrich Boll Stiftung is partnering with the Nsibidi Institute and Fabulous Urban to create the project 'Open City: Lagos' a collection of written, painted, photographed and sung pieces from amateur artists, writers and musicians that captures what it is like to live and be a part of the behemoth that is Lagos. In their own words:
"Open City Lagos' is a simple but powerful initiative that explores how accessible, inclusive and livable Lagos is as a city. Keeping with the ethos of the project, the Call for Contributions is an open invitation for all to share their insights, experiences and ideas on what makes Lagos ‘open’ as a city and why. Respondents are encouraged to look into different aspects of ‘openness’. This includes the experiences of new arrivals, the quality of its public spaces, navigating the city, interacting with its boundaries, as well as the concept of openness itself."
The project seeks to create a comprehensive but informal picture of Lagos as a City, how it's transportation works, the quality of it's public spaces and how the openess of Lagos as a cosmopolitan city ready to accept all strangers has shaped it's current infrastructure and social personality. A lot of Jargon for how Lagos has and continues to impact you and I.
The most insightful and creative submissions will be shortlisted and featured at the exhibition for the Open City Lagos international event in October 2015. A wide array of formats is acceptable within these parameters:
- Short videos (3-5 minutes)
- Music, audio compilations and sound performances (3-5 minutes)
- Photographs (with captions of up to 300 words)
- Short write-ups (up to 300 words)
- Drawings, models and sculptures (size and weight limits apply – please check with project administrators).
To submit pieces you can either send an email to Submit@opencitylagos.com or you can submit directly on the project's Facebook Page.
The deadline for submissions is 28 February, 2015. For full guidelines on submissions and project ideas, please see the pdf version of the call for submissions guideline.