By Ogova Ondego
Published November 24, 2015
An event that seeks to popularise art through an annual auction-cum-fundraiser has just wound up in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Marla Stone, the Coordinator of the event known as The Affordable Art Show that ran October 23-25, 2015, says they received more than 425 pieces of art that were juried down to 309 for exhibition.
Saying 400 people attended the three-day art exhibition, Dr Stone, who also serves as Honorary Secretary of Kenya Museum Society (KMS) that organises and hosts the annual fundraising show, says 86 pieces, that represents 28% of the show, were sold and brought in Sh2.8 Million (about US$28000).
“After paying the artists their 70% off sales and other our expenses, and with sponsorship from Safaricom, Commercial Bank of Africa and our own members, we cleared Sh1.2 million. Those proceeds will be awarded to the National Museums of Kenya over the next few months for infrastructure and exhibition projects,” Dr Stone says.
She says the next annual show is scheduled for October 28-30, 2016 at Nairobi National Museum.
Meanwhile, Uganda is getting ready for the second edition of the Kampala International Theatre Festival (KITF)as South Africa’s Badilisha Poetry X-Change hosts a live poetry event in Cape Town.
While KITF presents “theatre productions and theatre professionals from across the world” at Kampala National Theatre November 25-29, 2015, South Africans shall “celebrate the end of the Badilisha Road Trip – a trip into the African continent to meet and record the work of the poets who live and work here” at The Beautiful Life, located at 70 – 72 Bree Street in Cape Town, on December 4, 2015.