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Practitioners smile during the the 95th monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum on August 29, 2016Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
Every last Monday of the 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/ArtMatters.Info in collaboration with Goethe-Institut.

Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
March 13-September 13, 2016
Pioneer Artists of Kenya: Richard Onyango
Richard Onyango, noted for his “retrospective works”, shall from March 13, 2016 receive a six-month exhibition at Nairobi Gallery in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
He may have been born in 1960, but National Museums of Kenya and Murumbi Trust have chosen to feature him in their ‘Pioneer Artists of East Africa’ series that hey run at Nairobi Gallery at the junction of Uhuru Highway and Kenyatta Avenue in the Nairobi Central Business District.

'Filmcally-speaking' at 95th Lola Kenya Screen film forum

Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
August 26-September 20, 2016
The Other Side
Yusuf Ssali has lived and practised art in Kampala and Nairobi since 2002. Born in Buganda in Uganda, Ssali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Technology with specialisation in Industrial Art and Design from Makerere University in Uganda.
A full time visual artist who was featured in the Brussels Evere cultural cover magazine in 2007 for his distinctive painting technique, Ssali has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally and has received several awards.

Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
September 3-30, 2016
What We Need, What We Are Doing
Gemini Vaghela uses various art forms to express herself. She concentrates on mixed media paintings using materials such as acrylic paint, sand, paper, saw dust, spray paints and inks.
With abstracts she can define her understanding of a situation the way she perceives it, which is not necessarily in its original form. The aim of her work is to draw in the viewers to find the deeper meaning under the work creating an emotional response which will keep them thinking about each piece long after they have moved on. Her work brings on about a new imagination from the viewers which they perhaps didn’t know existed. The importance of the world around us motivates her to bring out the vitality of the earth.
Gemini Vaghela has been a practicing artist for over 15 years. She joined the Blender Art Gallery in Perth, Western Australia where she was living for about 10 years and participated in annual exhibitions held for residents. Since her move to Nairobi, she has had several exhibitions including The Nairobi National Museum, Banana Hill Art gallery, Mediterraneo Restaurant, the Village Market, Kuona Trust art walk, Karen Country Club and The Souk Gallery. Her artwork was selected for the UN Expo Milano 2015.
Her degree in Interactive Multimedia Technologies and Diploma in Photography made her appreciate the unique quality of hand painting in relation to media prints. Gemini Vaghela is a resident artist at Kobo Trust Foundation.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
September 6-October 6, 2016
Photo Exhibition
This exhibition is in Commemoration of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which is commemorating its 10 year journey of working to catalyse transformation across the agricultural value chain in Africa.
The exhibition titled, Shared Success: An Agriculture Transformation @ 10, is a collection of photos that offer insight into the diverse range of farming communities and institutions supported by AGRA and Rockefeller Foundation over the past decade.
The exhibition features photos shot in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Tanzania and, showcases the triumphs of the men, women, and communities that have benefited from the steady transformation taking place in Africa’s agricultural sector.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
September 6-8, 2016
Nairobi Documentary Festival
The inaugural Nairobi Documentary Festival documents life and the lingering crisis in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, which marked five years of independence in July 2016 amid renewed violence.
Through three documentaries on the theme, “South Sudan, the African Child” by Kenyan reporters, ESCAPE FROM BOR by Frank Odwesso, LOST GENERATION by Ali Ngethi and ‘MY SOUTH SUDAN by Robert Lutta, and a series of photographs by Odwesso and Ngethi, the NairobiDocuFest uses both documentary film and photo reportage to chronicle significant events in the story of South Sudan.

Budding filmmaker Ian Kithinji to showcase his creativity at Lola Kenya Screen film forumOctober Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL, England
September 8-30, 2016
Daniele Tamagni and James Barnor
A two-person exhibition displaying work by pioneering Ghanaian photographer, James Barnor, and award-winning Italian photographer, Daniele Tamagni.
The show, that is open Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30-5:30PM and Tuesday, 12:30-2:30PM (Courtyard café);
features Barnor’s analogue photographs of London’s growing multicultural metropolis during the ‘swinging 60s’ and Ghana in the 50s, along with new works by Tamagni of striking fashion subcultures throughout contemporary Africa.
This exhibition follows the 2015 publication of the book ‘Ever Young’, by James Barnor and the recent book launch of ‘Fashion Tribes’, by Daniele Tamagni.
Details of this exhibition without gate charges are available on

Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
September 9-30, 2016
Peregrinate features the work of three photographers: South Africans Thabiso Sekgala and Musa Nxumalo, and Kenyan Mimi Cherono Ng’ok. The exhibition explores the concept of photography as a common method of investigation, discovery and representation – an act of wandering undertaken by the photographer as traveller and explorer. Jointly curated by the featured photographers, this exhibition is the final stage for the three participants as part of the Goethe-Institut portfolio workshop, the Photographer’s Master Class.
Traversing Soweto streets, backyards in Nairobi, dusty Jordanian alleys, Peregrinate invites viewers to consider the intimate politics of home and belonging, as well as the possibilities inherent in dislocation, or a lack of anchoring, and the routes one takes to find a way. Sub-titled ‘field notes on time travel and space’, the exhibition examines notions of spatial politics, the economics of time and travel, and the kinds of access granted to travellers.
The travels of three different wanderers are juxtaposed as temporal sculptures to chronicle the personal experience of journeying within the home, neighbourhood and country, as well as the act of departing for distant places.
Admission is free.

Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya
September 10, 2016
The Force of Gravitti album launch
Gravitti Band, that has backed musicians such as Iddi Achieng, Zippy Akoth, Makadem, and Olith Ratego, launches its distinctively reggae debut album, The Force of Gravitti.
The album talks about social issues affecting Africans. It celebrates legends and pioneers and promotes peace and love.
Gravitti band is composed of Jacob Okello, Tindi, Ms Okinda, Jah Lyric, Big Charlie and Mathewmatix Rabala.

Nairobi Documentary Festival focuses on South Sudan s it goes through turmoil instead of celebrating five years of independenceAlliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya
September 14-18, 2016
My Fish My Choice
Following a successful run in August 17-21, 2016 as part of the Hii Chapta activities, this laugh-a-minute comedy returns to Alliance Francaise September 14-18, 2016 to interrogate leadership and integrity as enshrined in Chapter 6 of the Kenyan Constitution as the country passes the 6th anniversary after the Constitution was declared the supreme law of the East African country.
In the tradition of Heartstrings Entertainment, this original comedy reminds you that if you think that Kenya is not your mother’s, then you are wrong. That apart from a meal of fish being used to bring together two disagreeing and conflicting enemies, fish has several other uses.

The Conran Shop, 55 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5HS, England
September 15–25, 2016
Sculpting Scent
As part of its ongoing exploration of scent’s relationship with other senses, London-based fragrance maker Laboratory Perfumes has been working with artist Zuza Mengham to consider ways of translating intangible fragrances into solid sculptural forms.
Atlas, Zuza Mengham | Moving image by Ilka & Franz
Taking the brand’s four existing scents, Amber, Gorse, Samphire and Tonka – as well as a soon-to-be-launched fifth fragrance Atlas – Mengham created a series of resin sculptures, which will be displayed in The Conran Shop on Marylebone High Street for two weeks from 15 to 25 September, as part of the London Design Festival 2016.

Cardinal Rugambwa Hall, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
September 17-18, 2016
8th Harusi Trade Fair.

Nairobi, Kenya
October 15-22, 2016
International Puppetry Festival Kenya 2016.

Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, Nigeria
October 18-20, 2016
Broadcast and media market.

Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA, USA
October 20-23, 2016
21st International Family Film Festival (IFFF)
IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging
artists and production companies. We strive to “celebrate the world” and respect mankind’s fundamental
similarities and differences. It achieves this by providing a nurturing environment to share the myriad
manifestations of the human condition.

Yusus Ssali's The Other Side exhbition comes to Nairobi. This is a painting titled Connectivity, A/C.Various Venues, London, United Kingdom
October 28-November 6, 2016
6th Film Africa 2016
To present a wide-ranging programme of films from across Africa and its diaspora, including bold and imaginative features, topical and engrossing documentaries and an eclectic shorts programme over a 10-day of discovery, lively debate, family fun, industry insight, parties and live music!

Nairobi 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.

Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
October 31, 2016; 17:45-20:00 Hrs
96th Lola Kenya Screen film forum
Nairobi’s premier critical movie screening, discussion and networking platform convenes for business. Like it has done over the past 11 years. Since 2005.

Johannesburg, South Africa
November 2-4, 2016
TV Programmes market

Tinapa, Calabar, Nigeria
November 13-20, 2016
Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

Dry, a painting by Gemini Vaghela, to be exhibited in Nairobi MuseumRabat, 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.

Nairobi, Kenya
December 5-10, 2016
11th Lola Kenya Screen Movie Festival
Showcasing films in all kinds of formats, categories and genres, the festival exhibits some of the best possible films for children, youth and family. The six-day long programme includes film exhibition and competition, story-telling, theatre, music, dance, art exhibition and media literacy and talent exposition seminars and workshops.

Tanzania Wedding Expo

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

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
February 25-March 4, 2017
25th Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)

My Fish My Choice explores the insincerity of public officers and institutionsAlexandria, 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.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast
June 2017
Film, TV and digital content market dedicated to Francophone Africa.

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