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A Prime Destination for Values

• The most attractive.
• The most profitable
• The most prestigious.

Shared Values:

• Knowledge-driven
• Avant-garde.
• Passionate
• Business-minded.
• Proactive Discriminating Competencies.
• Continuous Knowledge Acquisition.
• Broadening our network to embrace middle class/business sector.
• Redefinition of our concept of ‘culture’ to broaden the scope to embrace contemporary themes and trends.
• Putting the appropriate structure in place to support current vision.
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Our Definition

We are “Cultural Landscapists” This best describes and encompasses the scope of our activities which have led to our traditional definition as:
 • Activists
• Advocacy Group
• Interventionists
• Facilitators
• Organisers
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About us

Who we are and what we do

• The Committee for Relevant Art, CORA was founded in June 1991 as a not-for-profit advocacy organisation to advance the cause of artistic and cultural production and expression. It was created and, has been over the decades managed by dedicated culture enthusiasts with the intent of making Nigeria a prime destination for art and culture tourism

• CORA was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria as a charity in 2007 as the CORA Art & Cultural Foundation.
• In 2006, the organisation was a recipient of the Prince Claus Award for Culture & Development
• CORA has been instrumental to major policy shifts in the creative industries, the most recent of which is the ongoing revamp of the 45-year old National Theatre of Nigeria; the introduction and ongoing review of the Cultural Policy of Nigeria; the sustenance of the various culture parastatals of the federal government of Nigeria; and most famous, the launch of the Bring Back the Book initiative by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
• CORA organises regular art events including live performance events and plenaries such as the quarterly CORA Art Stampede; the monthly CORA BookTrek, and the periodic CORA Artists ‘Forum, and the annual Lagos Book & Art Festival, LABAF, organised since 1999, and widely revered the biggest of its type in the West Africa sub-region. These events constantly draw attendance from the creme of Nigeria’s art enthusiasts, practitioners and patrons and are regularly reported in the press.
• Ideas shared at CORA organised forums have influenced major interventions in the literary, film, musical, visual and performative arts of Nigeria in the past three decades.
• CORA has consulted in the past for major organisations seeking to evaluate and revamp their CSR initiatives for the arts and culture sector.
• Other CORA initiatives include: the music-industry-focussed The Great Highlife Party and The Hip Hop Conference; the literacy-literary-campaign The City Libraries initiative and The City Arts Guide; the film-media-focussed open-air the Lagos Cinema Carnival; and the publishing industry-focussed the National Book Conference, etc.
• CORA executives are drawn for a wide range of professions and backgrounds with a common interest and dedication to the growth and development of the arts.
• CORA Trustees include notable personalities in the art and culture sector such as veteran actress and culture advocate, Mrs. Taiwo Ajai Lycett; the poet-journalist--businessman, Chief Kayode Aderinokun; the art facility manager Ms Iyabo Aboaba; the dramatist-culture communicator, Mr Ben Tomoloju; ten architect-art advocate, Mr Theo Lawson; the sculptor-art teacher, Mr. Olu Amoda; the theatre/film producer and creative entrepreneur, Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters; the poet-painter, Mrs. Nkechi Nwosu Igbo; the filmmaker-media content creator, Mr Femi Odugbemi; the technical theatre artist-entrepreneur, Alhaji Teju Kareem; the culture diplomat-teacher, Mr Pascal Ott; the culture curator-communicator, Mr. Jahman Anikulapo; and the art critic-cuture patron, Mr. Toyin Akinosho amongst others.

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CORA According to Prince Claus

Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) is a unique Nigerian organisation that creates spaces to engage the public in debate on cultural issues. Started in 1991 as a non-profit, non-governmental activist organisation, CORA’s aim is to explore all legitimate means to create an environment for the flourishing of contemporary culture in Nigeria, in particular to make the arts a lively, social and enjoyable experience for all people especially the young generations and to create a culture-friendly society. CORA organises the quarterly Art Stampede, known as the ‘parliament of artists’, a lively, open-air, informal, discursive platform on burning issues in the arts where leading figures and invited international artists engage in public discussion and workshop-like sessions. Central issues have included the quality of recent Nigerian literature, special editions on Wole Soyinka and Okwui Enwezor, artists as arbiters in political crisis, and private broadcasting. CORA organises an annual Cinema Carnival showcasing outdoor screenings of high quality African films. It also organises the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival, an open-air popular market featuring live music, drama and dance, activity workshops for kids, poetry and literature readings, book parties and seminars. CORA publishes ‘Lagos: The City Arts Guide’, a quarterly calendar of cultural events, listings, previews and reviews. CORA has worked in the complex environment of Lagos, with neither government nor foreign donor support, for 15 years. It is building audiences for all branches of the arts and provides support for the work of artists and intellectuals. It is a democratic organisation run by a collective of involved citizens with current officers, Toyin Akinoso and Jahman Anikulapo. This award highlights the contributions of committed citizens, the role of local energy and initiatives in stimulating the arts and the importance of creating spaces of freedom, debate and cultural exchange. 
Culled from pp. 91&92 o 2006 Prince Claus Awards Publication (also in

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