African Arts & Entertainment Diary

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The Global Media and Information (MIL) Literacy Week 2017 that shall run in Kingston, Jamaica, October 31-November 6, 2017, shall incorporate the 7th Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference.Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
Every last Monday of the second 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 consultancy’s ArtMatters.Info cultural journalism project in collaboration with Goethe-Institut.

Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya
January 26-February 12, 2017
Connectivity: More is Less?
An exhibition, performance and discussion that invites reflection on the effects of planned obsolescence of electronic devices on the environment and the society

Nothing but the Truth by Heartstrings Entertainment at Alliance FrancaiseAlliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
February 8-12, 2017
Nothing But The Truth
In this laugh-a-minute hit comedy, truth will be the last thing in the minds of two penniless housemates who have had to sell all they had to a shylock.
This comedy is a typical example of how the parable of the prodigal son happened. Only that this time it is a woman. The two men manage to cheat her and swindle her of all her money and fortune. We will be treated to unforgivably hilarious climax as we get to know just who the fortune really belonged to.Weekdays at 6:30pm/weekend at 3:00, 6:30 & 8:30pm, Tickets: Sh600.

Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
February 9-12, 2017
Sauti za Busara Music Festival.

Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya
February 13-16, 2017
11th Africa Finance and Investment Forum (AFIF)
The pan-African conference, that shall bring together representatives of government, investors, Small & Medium Enterprises and entrepreneurs, will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation and access to finance in key sectors such as energy, water, ICT, health and agriculture.
“Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the creators of the middle class in Africa, but access to finance remains a hurdle for entrepreneurs in the region,” says Inês Bastos, manager of AFIF. “AFIF strengthens the private sector and contributes to sustainable development in Africa by offering a platform on which to promote new business partnerships between entrepreneurs and investors.”

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
February 15, 2017
Showcase Wednesday
Meet Lisa Mugera – aka Noni – an afro-soul/afro-jazz muician. She describes her music as a soulful medley of melody and emotion. She has released two singles ‘Deeper’ and ‘What Mama Said’ and has been rated as ‘top 10 up and coming musicians to watch out for’ by Kenya Buzz.
She is inspired by great female African musicians such as Angelique Kidjo, (the late) Miriam Makeba and Atemi Oyungu as well as Kenyan male artists including Eric Wainaina, Chris Adwar and Aaron Rimbui.6.30pm. Free entry.

Rountree blows his trumpet in Kampala on 8 October 2016. Pic by Abubaker Lubowa.Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
February 25-March 4, 2017
25th Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).

Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
February 27, 2017; 6:00 PM
98th Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff)

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

The event is 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 sustainable 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) media & arts festival, skills-development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern.

LKS is presented by ComMattersKenya/ArtMatters.Info in collaboration with Goethe-Institut and in association with IPO-Eastern Africa.

Sahra Halgan is the emblematic voice of Somaliland.Lagos, Nigeria
March 3-4, 2017
5th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards
Moviemakers across Africa are invited to submit their Films, made-for-television movies or television series for the 5th annual Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) by October 28, 2016.
Awards ranging from acting and directing to scriptwriting and cinematography and from editing and to soundtrack, make-up, sound, and lighting shall be presented on March 3-4, 2017. Awards shall be presented in 27 categories, with 16 open to viewers and 11 decided by the AMVCA panel of judges.
Presented by Africa Magic in association with Multichoice, AMVCAs are aimed at celebrating “the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry.”

Mombasa, Kenya
March 21-22, 2017
Africa Ports Expansion 2017
Bringing together representatives of maritime industry, government authorities, ports authorities, technology providers, suppliers of equipment, and consulting firms discuss challenges and look at best-practices in African ports and harbours from the north to the south, the west to the east, and all places in between.
To keep up with ever growing volumes of cargo in their ports, African governments are grappling with ways of increasing the capacity of their ports.

Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria
March 22-23 March 2017
Cashless Africa Expo
Financial services supply actors to present innovation, re-assess their current models and gain valuable market insight of the African digital financial services market.

Kampala, Uganda
April 16-18, 2017
Dance Week Uganda

Alexandria, Egypt
April 20-28, 2017
3rd Alexandria International Festival for Contemporary Theatre
Organised by The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Center, this festival is a new platform on which international contemporary theatrical performances can be introduced to local Egyptian audiences. Some 15 diverse performances by artists who present innovative and highly-professional works and performances with a clear vision for interacting with society creatively through pantomime, comedy, improvisation, clowns, contemporary dance, multimedia, and interactive performances shall be presented.

Watamu Triathlon 2017, by H &  A Sports, shall take place on April 29, 2017.Turtle Bay Beach Hotel, Watamu, Kenya
April 29, 2017
8th H & A Watamu Triathlon
This is the first pan-African triathlon event of the year that brings together overmore than 200 local and international amateur and professional athletes of all ages for two days. The aim of the triathlon is to grow the sport, develop the local community’s economic diversity and enhance domestic tourism. Triathlon is a multiple-stage athletic sport consisting of three events, typically swimming, cycling, and running that are completed one after the other. The event is designed as an ultimate challenge.

Swim Leg
Start Mechanism: GrandPrix start
Expected tide height: 3.5m
Deepest point: approx. 15 feet
Water temperature: to be announced on race day
Expected temperature: 20-24 degrees
Triathlon wetsuits are allowed. Swimming shoes (not fins) allowed for intermediate swimmers who may wish to make stops on the course to protect from sea floor animals.
Safety measures, including patrolling Yamaha boats and kayaks will be in place during the swim leg to ensure the safety of all competitors.

Bike Leg
Sprint Distance – One lap (20km). Olympic distance- Two laps (40km)The course is mostly flat with gentle hillsThere is strong headwind one way.The bike segment will be marked orange cones, barriersThere will be partial road closure with race marshals and police support.Cyclists will turn left out of the hotel, turn one will be temple point hotel, turn two will be sailors guest house.
A water point will be setup after every 5KMWe recommend road bikes, cross bikes or MTB on high-pressure wheels (No carbon fibre or hybrid bikes).The course is draft legal and Tribars are allowed.All participants gear MUST wear a helmet whenever cycling.Participants are to mount/dismount at the designated area.

Run Course
The run segment will be a loop as follows:-
Sprint Distance – One lap (5km).
Olympic distance- Two laps (10km).
The run will have orange beacons that mark it out.
The course is 90% tarmac and 10% sand.
The 5KM run, athletes will turn left from the hotel, run up to Granchio Villas make a turn and back to turtle bay hotel.
The 10KM run, athletes will left from the hotel, run up to temple point make a turn and back to turtle bay hotel.

For more information Tel: (+254) 723 078 291 (+254) 725 844 479; E-mail: info@hnasports.co.ke, www: hnasports.co.ke.

Team Tri Fit Kenya's Triathlon and Duathlon shall be held in Ruiru on April 30, 2017.

3S Gardens, off Thika Super Highway, Ruiru, Kenya
April 30, 2017
TTF National Triathlon and Duathlon Series
Open to individuals at all levels from beginners to professionals who are interested in swimming, cycling and running.

Race Categories:

Triathlon
Individual Sprint Triathlon Distance – 750m Swim, 25KM Bike, 7Km Run
Team Relay Sprint Triathlon – 750m Swim, 25KM Bike, 7Km Run
Children 11yrs – 16yrs (500m Swim, 12KM Bike, 4Km Run

Duathlon
Individual Adult Duathlon – 7KM Run, 25KM Bike, 7KM Run
Team Relay Duathlon – 7KM Run, 25KM Bike, 7KM Run
Children Duathlon – 11yrs – 16yrs – 4KM Run, 12KM Bike, 4KM Run

Kampala, Uganda
May 3-6, 2017
6th Doadoa: East African Performing Arts Market
This year’s market presented in partnership Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) programme that is spearheaded by East African Community. Through this new partnership Doadoa seeks to bring performing arts professionals and showcase artists from all six member states of EAC to Kampala.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast
May 30-June 1, 2017
Discop Abidjan
Canada is the Guest country at this Africa’s most important television and film market designed to highlight Africa’s fast emerging multi-screen and multi-platform marketplace. It is a business-driven market designed to deliver meetings between content buyers, sellers, and independent producers. Our goal is to provide efficient, profitable meetings organized with a customized matchmaking program through the preparatory phases and during market.

Lisa Mugera – aka Noni – is an afro-soul/afro-jazz muician.Lagos, Nigeria
June 3, 2017
13th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony.

Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
June 7-9, 2017
19th Africa Energy Forum (AEF)
This is an annual investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors.
AEF brings together senior-level representatives from governments, utilities, regulators, power developers, financial institutions, technology providers, consultants, law firms and large energy consumers to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward.
AEF 2017 will explore the appetite for Nordic investments into Africa, as well as showcasing the technologies being utilised to manage cities cleanly and cost effectively – and the potential to transfer some of these examples to African nations.
Registration details available by e-mail to amy.offord@energynet.co.uk/.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
July 13-23, 2017
38th Durban International Film Festival
The festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is a premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.
This year the festival will shine a light upon the ever expanding trend in cinema highlighting the refugee or immigrant stories with Transit Tales. As the global society expands further every year, cinema has highlighted the stories of subjects as they chase their hopes and dreams for their lives in a new and sometimes unknown land.

National Theatre, Kampala, Uganda
September 15-17, 2017
10th Bayimba International Festival
This year’s festival programme will highlight some of the performances and productions of the past decade and specially commissioned productions and presentations.

31st Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in four Gabonese cities on January 14, 2017.Yaounde, Cameroon
October 11-14, 2017
9th Le Kolatier Africa Music Market
Le Kolatier is a platform for meetings and exchanges between actors in the field of music industry, with the aim of providing a good opportunity for emerging African music groups and contributing to the development of the African music industry.

Johhansburg, South Africa
October 25-27, 2017
Germany is the Guest country at this Africa’s most important television and film market designed to highlight Africa’s fast emerging multi-screen and multi-platform marketplace. It is a business-driven market designed to deliver meetings between content buyers, sellers, and independent producers. Our goal is to provide efficient, profitable meetings organized with a customized matchmaking program through the preparatory phases and during market.

Kingston, Jamaica
October 31-November 6, 2017
Global MIL Week 2017
The highlights of the Global Media and Information (MIL) Literacy Week 2017 that shall run October 31-November 6 shall include the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference.
The preliminary theme of the Global MIL Week 2017 is “Media and Information Literacy, Transforming and Reforming Learning/Education”.

Kampala, Uganda
November 22-26, 2017
4th Kampala International Theatre Festival
Created as a platform to facilitate the creation and presentation of the best theatre productions and develop new audiences for theatre.

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