By Ogova Ondego
Published March 10, 2016
Nairobi National Museum (NNM) is throughout March 2016 showcasing art that celebrates women.
The special show, that began on International Women’s Day, is titled ‘Celebrating Women with Art’ and runs in the Temporary Gallery, March 8-31, 2016.
Lydia Gatundu-Galavu, the curator in charge of contemporary art at NNM, says Kenya’s premier house of culture shall also “pay homage to Prof Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) by hosting a special gala at the museum in her honour. Maathai was a renowned Kenyan environmental and political activist, and the Nobel Peace Prize winner 2004.”
Gatundu-Galavu says a gala in honour of the late Maathai will be graced by Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta.
The show, the initiative of National Museums of Kenya in collaboration with VSArts, is open daily, 8:30AM – 5:30PM; normal museum rates apply to visitors.
Meanwhile, Zanzibar’s Sauti za Busara music festival invites artists interested in participating in its next event to send in their applications.
The next four-day event is scheduled for Stone Town, February 9-12, 2017. The organisers of the event say it will feature live music, carnival parade, and conferences, seminars and workshops.
Saying “Sauti za Busara 2017 plans three stages showcasing the most exciting music line-up ever seen in Zanzibar,” Busara Promotions, who organise the festival, say their programme shall “features original and live music, including 25 of East Africa’s finest groups and fifteen from the African Continent and diaspora.”
Busara invites artists from the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions to apply for consideration.
Applicants are asked to “include two recent recordings (on CD and/or DVD), two quality photos and the artists’ biography (max 500 words), to reach Busara Promotions office before 31 July 2016.”