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David Gian Maillu's Artist's take on Cultural Erosion in AfricaGoethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
Every last Monday of the month
Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff)

Billed as Nairobi’s premier critical film platform, LKSff is so far the longest running and most consistent monthly film gathering in the Kenyan political and commercial capital, having been in existence since 2005.

A ‘by-invitations only’ event held with the aim of screening and critiquing films, encouraging filmmakers and exploring ways of integrating film production in eastern Africa with other socio-cultural and economic sectors in order to come up with a veritable motion pictures industry, LKSff is often one of the first places where new films can be seen and young talent spotted.

LKSff is one of the five programmes of the Lola Kenya Screen (LKS) audiovisual media festival, skills-development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern. It is presented by ComMattersKenya/ArtMatters.Info in collaboration with Goethe-Institut.

Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
December 2015-January 2016
Social Perceptions
Open 8.30 AM – 5.30 PM daily, this exhibition of paintings by Kevin Ndege, Stephen Njenga, Samwel Njoroge and Moses Nyawanda is the artists’ response to certain social issues in the world we live in today.
The four artists have varied individual perceptions of the subject that each addresses in his own way. They work in Railway Museum Arts Studio that is housed by The Nairobi Railway Museum. Other members of this studio are Peter Ndirangu, Lia Barhane, Joan Otieno and Sam Githinji.

some of the greatest artists in the world at the cape town jazz festival 2016

Being Kenyan exhibition at Nairobi National MuseumNairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
December 7, 2015-February 27, 2016; 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Who I am, Who We Are
The project ‘Who I Am, Who We Are’ uses art and self-expression to create spaces and conversations for personal reflection on the themes of citizenry, civic responsibility, race, belonging, ‘ethnicism’ and nationalism.
Between 2013 and 2015, this project has collected archival material in various part of Kenya comprising 80 life-size paintings called Body Maps; 1500 voices recorded in a public installation called ‘In a Silent Room’; nine documentaries; 80 interviews and 2000 photographs.
This first major exhibition of Who I Am, Who We Are showcases a selection of these paintings, stories, recorded interviews and films, creating a mosaic of voices and impressions on what it means to be a Kenyan today.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
January 1-February 7, 2016
Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), that celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2016, is the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the Middle East. DSF kicks off Dubai’s calendar of events each year with a wide range of events, activities and promotions. From international concerts, musicals and shows, to sports, outdoor, and fashion events, Dubai Shopping Festival caters to every age segment.
Whether it’s the glitz of the city or a thrilling desert adventure that you are looking for, it is available in this Dubai is a glamorous and cosmopolitan city that is ever ready to take your breath away.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
January 20-24, 2016
Wife Begins at Dinner
Whoever said that the best way to a man’s head is through his stomach forgot to mention that it is the ONLY way. A Heartstrings Entertainment theatre production.
6.30 PM (weekdays) and 3.00 PM & 6.30 PM (weekend). Tickets: Sh599 per head.

Sarit Centre, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
January 27-31, 2016
ONGEA: The Eastern Africa Music Summit
This is the inaugural meeting of what used to be Kenya Music Week (KMW) for a decade till 2015 when it was renamed ONGEA: The Eastern Africa Music Summit. It runs daily, 12:00 noon-10:00PM. There is no gate fee.
Like KMW, ONGEA: The Eastern Africa Music Summit features the same three objectives: Trade, Learn and Showcase.
The objective of Learn is achieved via eight panel discussions:
The Importance of Education in Building our Music Industry, moderated by Ian Mbugua – Brookhouse School; Music Meets Tech, moderated by Roy Wachira – The Foundry; Music in Film, Television, Advertising and Theatre, moderated by Douglas Gichuki – Strathmore Law School; The Identity of our Music, in Lyrics and Melody, moderated by Davidson Ngibuini [DNG] – 254 Entertainment; Monetisation and Compliance with Copyright & Related Rights, moderated by June Gachui – JGIP Consultants; Financing and Investment in the Music Business, moderated by Moses Mbasu – Mi-Fone; Artivism and Social Entrepreneurship, moderated by Muscat Sayye Moreno – MO’ Creative; and How to get Booked for Festivals, moderated by Rashid Jibril – Roots International and Thursday Nite Live at Choices.

Hyatt Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
January 29, 2016
Eric Omondi, one of Kenya’s leading stand-up comedians and rib-tickler, in an exclusive performance.

Ancent Soi, Veteran Kenyan painter, speaks on painting at Visual Arts Mentorship at Nairobi GalleryGoethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
92nd Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff); 5:45 PM

LKSff critiques, encourages and explores ways of integrating film production in Kenya and eastern Africa with other socio-cultural and economic sectors in order to come up with a vibrant film industry.

LKSff, often one of the first places where new films can be seen and new talent spotted, runs every last Monday of the month throughout the year. LKSff has been presented in its current form by ComMattersKenya/ArtMatters.Info in collaboration with Goethe-Institut since 2005.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
January 30, 2016
Who is King
This music concert promises to be a fun, high intensity, outdoor Hip Hop lyrical burn out. Join Juliani, Rabbit (Kaka Sungura) and Khaligraph Jones as they perform live. Strictly no playback.
Juliani, populary known as the street poet, is famous for his energetic stage performances and hits such as : Bahasha ya Ocampo, Utawala, Exponential Potential. He has also been the face behind the campaign ‘Farming is cool’, encouraging youth around the country to embrace farming as a way of feeding the nation and tackling unemployment.
Rabbit also known is Kaka Sungara is a Kenyan rapper known for his album ‘Tales Of Kaka Sungura’ with hits such as ‘Jam Nakam’, ‘Ligisoo’, ‘Promised Land’, among others. He is also a video director and accomplished actor having featured on local TV series ‘Machachari’ and ‘Mali’.
Khaligraph broke into the Kenyan music scene in 2009 after winning the Kenyan edition of the Channel O Emcee Africa competitions at the age of 19. He is currently working on his first solo album.
Advance tickets only from

Segou, Mali
February 3- 7, 2016
Festival on the Niger River

Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
February 7-29, 2016
Zebra People
Exhibition by the Zebra People and Mia Collis in collaboration with the Grevy’s Zebra Trust.

Luxor, Egypt
March 17-23, 2016
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF)
This 5th edition of the festival runs competition for long African narratives, Long African Documentaries, African Short Narratives and Documentaries and an International Competition for Long Narratives and Documentaries about Freedom and Human Rights. LAFF is, for the first time, also hosting a Competition for films made by African Students of Cinema.
LAFF 2016 is presenting a special programme of the award-winning films of the Golden Tanit at Carthage Film Festival with the introduction of their consecutive filmmakers.

Cape Town, South Africa
February 18-21, 2016
Cape Town International Animation Festival
The festival features films, workshops and dedicated business-to-business sessions. It provides ample opportunity for consumers and traders to engage with each other.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast
March 5-12, 2016
9th Market of the African Performing Arts (MASA)
Held on the theme, ‘Reinventing the Performing Arts’, the festival will present 70 companies from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific, America and Europe infive disciplines: storytelling, dance, comedy, music and theatre.

Cape Town, South Africa
April 1-2, 2016
Cape Town Jazz Festival (1st & 2nd Apr 2016)
Experience and feel the festival with two nights of Jazz music performances by some of the greatest artists in the world!

Alexandria, Egypt
April 6-10, 2016
2nd Alexandria International Festival for Contemporary Theatre.

Arts Festival at Nairobi National ParkNairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
October 28-30, 2016
The Affordable Art Show
Organised by Kenya Museum Society with a view to raising funds for National Museums of Kenya, this event seeks to popularise art through an annual auction.

Rabat, Morocco
November 16-19, 2016
3rd edition of Visa for Music (VFM)
This is a meeting for professionals and music lovers of African and Middle-Eastern music.
The main mission of VFM is to promote the constitution of a music marketplace in Africa and the Middle East in order to offer greater visibility as well as an environment favouring creativity and professionalization of the cultural sector. This event is also a means to galvanize the cultural creative industries of the region in order to stimulate its economy.

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