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A Kenya-Honduras art exhibition by Moses Nyawanda and Santos Arzu Quioto from Honduras at Galleria Shopping Mall in NairobiGoethe-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 and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa.

LKSff is presented by ComMattersKenya consultancy’s ArtMatters.Info cultural journalism and criticism project in collaboration with Goethe-Institut in Kenya.

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The Nairobi Gallery (Old PC’s House), Nairobi, Kenya
October 1-December 15, 2017
Nigerian Festival in Nairobi
Presenting a rare and historic display of Nigerian Contemporary Art and Culture.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
October 1-November 30, 2017
Nigerian Festival in Nairobi
Presenting a rare and historic display of Nigerian Contemporary Art and Culture.

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Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
November 9-30, 2018
Demigods and the Demagogues
An art exhibition by Moses Nyawanda
“At the moment, my medium of choice is oils. Over the years, I have developed a style of painting where l use a palette knife to produce layers and layers of paint so the work ends up looking like it was done with pastels,” Nyawanda says. “I’m currently working with vibrant yet earthy colours with subjects of people or animals. The themes I’m exploring are the interactions between people or animals as they are put into stories or situations. These storylines are usually informed by current events or personal experiences, some true, some imaginary, others fiction. I’ve investigated dating, relationships between people, sexuality, generational divides, divergent opinions, politics, corruption, love, technology and fear. These have been done in series.”

Party Merger, an oils on canvas painting by Moses Nyawanda who is exhibiting at Nairobi National Museum November 9-30, 2017

Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
November 10, 2017-January 31, 2018
Urembo and Hekima exhibition
These two exhibitions are accompanied by lectures, classes, ceremonies, and discussions Nairobi National Museum and at Uhuru Gardens on Lang’ata Road.
The exhibitions are hosted by the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) whose work focuses on the links between culture and healing.
While Urembo explores beauty – symbols, colours, designs, and their meanings over time, Hekima seeks to demonstrate the depth and diversity of scientific and historical knowledge

Among the public events lined up are Symbols and Meaning discussion with Yassir Ali & Mary Ogembo, Mosaics with Eric Manya, Printmaking with Eunice Wadu, Sculpting with Clay with Gerald Olewe, Kenyan Arts Practice talk with Joy Mboya, Painting with Yassir Ali, Weaving with Coastal elders, Drawing with Patrick Mukabi,Music with Kenge Kenge Orutu System and Sculpting with Alex Wainaina.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
November 22-December 15, 2017
Akseli Galen-Kallela Returns to Kenya
Gallen-Kallela Museum and the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi are producing this exhibition that is based on reproduced materials, paintings and photographs of Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s trip and the art it inspired to commemorate 100 years of Finnish independence.

A cinematography workshop for children from the East African Community partner states in session at Lola Kenya Screen, Nairobi, Kenya.

Sarit Centre, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
December 1-3, 2017
2nd KARA Business Expo & Conference
Held on the theme ‘Enhancing the quality of urban life through resident associations’, this expo is expected to bring together exhibitors from Government, private sector, civil society, academia among others, to showcase their products, services and capacity to serve the market. The participating sponsors, partners and exhibitors will have an opportunity to meet and interact with thousands of exhibition visitors and conference participants drawn from Resident Associations, business associations, institutions of higher learning, civil society and the general public with the possibility of expanding their networks, sealing deals and broadening their clientele base.
A Conference featuring distinguished speakers on urban development agenda shall run concurrently. The conference will provide an opportunity for various stakeholders to have a conversation on urban development and how it can be nurtured and streamlined to enhance quality of life in Kenya.
The highlight of the event will be the debut Annual Resident Associations Excellence Awards (AREA). The awards, which is the first of its kind, is designed to reward Resident Associations that have demonstrated exemplary performance in promoting sustainable development and access to better public services in Kenya. AREA addresses the twin issue of celebrating the work of Resident Associations in Kenya and rewarding those that have done exceptionally well in influencing provision of better services and championing the interests of their members.

Mashujaa Heroes at Alliance FrancaiseAlliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
December 5 – 20, 2017
Mashujaa: Portraits of Heroism
PhotoKenya presents a photo exhibition of pre-independence Kenyan heroes and heroines, as well as characters from tribal mythology. The PhotoKenya team has researched and re-created the personalities using available materials, models and props to remember all those compatriots who have written the various chapters of the Kenyan shorty.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
December 6, 2017; 7:00 PM
Diversity of languages, plurality of creative expressions: Kiswahili, Sheng and multilingual practices in Kenya.
Language is an influential symbol of identity, of belonging. Kenya is a multilingual society and this linguistic plurality has contributed to its cultural diversity and creative expressions. Join a panel of experts who will reflect on the everyday linguistic practices in Kenya. Followed by a battle of poets pitting Sheng spoken word artist, Teardrops vs the Kiswahili poet, MamboLeo.

Creativity Gallery, Nairobi Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
December 8, 2017 – January 15, 2018
BSQ Puts up a storming show
Join the artists on Friday 8th December at 2PM for a fun and interactive graffiti session in the gallery!
The bomb squad crew (BSQ) is a street art group consisting of young Kenyan artists. The group formed in 2011 and hails from the
city streets of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. It is made up of members with a passion and love for art, specifically mural work and
graffiti. The exhibition titled NextGen is BSQ’s first major exhibition. The public is invited to join the artists on Friday
8th December at 2PM for a fun and interactive graffiti session in the Nairobi National Museum’s Creativity Gallery!
NextGen is an exhibition about the next generation, a generation that has forgotten the beauty of our culture. The artists use
a variety of techniques in collaborative and individual works to investigate how our culture is affected today by the mixture
of traditional and technological influences.
BSQ hopes to show museum visitors that street art is not only for vandalism but can be displayed in a museum gallery to express
and address different societal issues, in this case to portray how technology has affected our culture both positively and
negatively.
BSQ have managed to carve up a name for themselves as the most energetic, inspiring and creative art crew in East and Central
Africa. BSQ is a group of young Kenyan artist formed in 2011.
BSQ members are:
Kenneth Otieno (Kaymist4)
Bebeto Ochieng (Thufu-B)
Brian Musasia (Msale)

Mandela launches Ona SasaAlliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
December 9-10, 2017; 2:00-8:00 PM
Poetry Slam Africa Festival
Epic poetry performances by some of the best fast-rising poets from the region and across the world.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
December 12, 2017; 7:00 PM
Showcase Wednesday with Crystal Axis
A five-piece Afropunk band playing a fusion of punk, grunge and alternative rock. The group recently performed at the Nyege Nyege Festival in Uganda and was hailed as being the most energetic and charismatic set of the Festival.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
December 15, 2017; 7:00 PM
Mandela Launches Ona Sasa
Mandela Ambasa, former lead vocalist with the Sarabi Band, launches ‘Ona Sasa’, a six-track EP. Known for his engaging lyrics and powerful voice, Mandela’s new sound remains true to his emblematic style.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
December 16, 2017; 6:00 PM
Zainabu Sule
Zainab Sule is an alternative/soft rock singer songwriter from Nigeria. She draws her influences from her romance with Rock Music and Contemporary Country, creating her own style. She is currently promoting her new album, Hypersonic, which was released in August 2017. She will be joined by Kenyan musicians: Rish, Rash band, Seeds of Datura…

Organised by International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR), World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Casa África, 9th INVESTOUR will discuss some of the most pertinent topics for the African continent, prominent among them the situation of the Africa Brand and its impact on the African continent’s tourism.Feria de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
January 17-21, 2018
9th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR)
Organised by International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR), World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Casa África, 9th INVESTOUR will discuss some of the most pertinent topics for the African continent, prominent among them the situation of the Africa Brand and its impact on the African continent’s tourism.
The Investour Forum will debate “Africa Brand: promoting tourism development and investment opportunities” and identify an integrated approach to harmonise sustainable tourism with the protection of biodiversity, putting emphasis on how to involve the local community in the efforts to conserve biodiversity. In this regard, the forum will also become a space for exploring and drafting well-established policies committed to developing sustainable tourism, maximising the benefits of investment and improving public and private collaboration.

Harun Kiruku Ng'ang'a records proceedings during the 102nd sitting of the bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi, Kenya on November 27, 2017.

Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
January 29, 2018
103rd Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff)
This is #Nairobis_premier_critical_movie_platform that screens and critiques movies, encourages filmmakers and explores ways of integrating motion pictures in eastern Africa with other socio-cultural and economic activities in order to come up with a sustainable movie industry.
LKSff is often one of the first places where new films can be seen and young talent spotted.

A ‘by-invitations only’ event held with the aim of screening and critiquing movies, encouraging moviemakers and exploring ways of integrating screen arts 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 and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa.

Presented under the ArtMatters.Info journalism and criticism by ComMattersKenya consultancy in collaboration with Goethe-Institut and in association with IPO-Eastern Africa.

Showcase Wednesday at Alliance Francaise with Crystal AxisStone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
February 8-11, 2018
15th Sauti za Busara music festival.
“The festival will kick off with a special flash mob led by Haba na Haba contemporary dance troupe from Dar es Salaam. This will be followed by the highly anticipated Carnival Parade, stopping the traffic along its 2km route to Stone Town,” says DJ Yusuf Mahmoud, the director of the festival.“On three stages over four days, the festival promises 46 performances, 100% live, including 20 groups from Tanzania and more from South Africa, Zimbabwe, DRC, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Egypt, Sudan, the Gambia, Reunion, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.”

Dubai Festival City Intercontinental, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
February 25 – 27, 2018
AFRICA Pavilion at DISCOP Dubai
The TV market in the Middle East and Africa is set to grow by 30% between 2016 and 2021, delivering revenues of €13.3 billion (US$15.2 billion), according to new research from IDATE. DISCOP Markets, therefore decided to allocate space for the first TV distribution and co-production market known as DISCOP Dubai’s Africa Pavilion to support this substantial growth and bridging the gap between Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Maasai dance and Contemporary African dance through the dances of KenyaMaasai Mara Game Reserve, Narok, Kenya
February 26-March 10, 2018
Safari in the Park
Dance workshop by dancer and choreographer Fernando Anuang’a
The workshop is open to all level of dancers interested in African dance and an introduction to contemporary African dance.

Munich, Germany
May 25-30, 2018
Prix Jeunesse International Festival & Competition
The theme of the festival is ‘Strong Stories for Strong Children – Resilience and Storytelling’.

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