Yinka Shonibare to curate Deloitte Ignite 2012
Artist to curate three day cultural festival bringing Africa to Covent Garden.
Among other high profile works, the Turner-Prize nominated artist is known for creating Nelson’s Ship in a bottle - a sculpture which, until recently, stood on the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Nigerian-born Yinka will curate this year’s event, a three day cultural festival from 31 August to 2 September bringing Africa to the Royal Opera House through visual art, music and food for all the family.
Each year the festival attracts thousands of first time visitors to the Royal Opera House.
The festival, which is open to the public for free, is renowned for delivering a diverse multi-arts programme from cutting edge artists. Previous years have featured:
- Jo Malone, the perfumeria, who teamed up with artist, Cecile Egbert, at the inaugural festival to produce a scent experience (2008)
- Musical talents such as Wiley, Chipmunk and the 2012 Brits Critic Choice award winner Emilie Sande (2009)
- The world’s first Twitter opera (2009)
- World class musicians including Joanna MacGregor (2010)
- Thought-provoking speakers such as Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow and fashion designer, Alber Elbaz (2011).
Further lineup details and ticket information will be released in due course.