African Arts Diary

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Documenting fashion subcultures in locations outside of the presumed   fashion contexts such Brazzaville (Congo-Brazzaville), Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dakar (Senegal), Daniele Tamagni-style.Goethe-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.

Hackney Central, Wilton Way, London Fields, Broadway Market, Regent’s Canal, UK
May 5, 2016-June 30, 2016
Space Explorer
This is a ‘radically inventive mash-up of photography, tech, travel and interactive art’. It enables the art lover to explore the wilds of the Great American Desert without leaving Hackney in east London.
Photographer Robin Mellor’s Kickstarter-funded, app-enhanced platform seeks to rekindle our sense of adventure and change or perceptions of the city around us.
The first Space Explorer project, ‘Another Space and Time’, is an outdoor art trail from Hackney Central to Regent’s Canal, featuring billboard-size photography of desert dwellers secreted around the neighbourhood’s streets. That’s fun in itself, but the Space Explorer smartphone app also uses GPS technology to trigger the sounds and stories behind each image as you get closer to it, making it a properly immersive experience.
It’s an exciting alternative to the traditional gallery set-up, and an excellent example of the innovative ways the digital world can be used to enhance the physical one.

Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni shines light on the renaissance happening in developing economies and the power of fashion to push economic and   cultural boundaries today.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
May 7-July 31, 2016
Pots and Identities:The language of clay

Pottery is one of the most enduring artefacts in the archaeological record. It has been used the world over to provide relative dates for sites and also to reconstruct lifeways of the prehistoric people.

This exhibition is the archaeologist version of the Kenyan history and the contemporary practices of potters and artists through the language of clay. In both cases, the identity of the potter is easily discernible from either the style or decorations of the pot.

In some cases, archaeological data cannot stand alone and archaeologists have used present day practices to interpret their data. Some of the comparative data include studies on pottery functions, pottery making technologies, innovation and diffusion…

Outstanding archaeological and traditional pottery is juxtaposed alongside contemporary works by Magdalene Odundo, Edward Njenga, Waithira Chege and Emmanuel Ondif, among others.

During the exhibition opening there will be a book launch of Edward Njenga’s autobiography, Telling it in Clay, written by Lynette Kariuki.

Africa Business Forum to discuss finance and capital investment; infrastructure, logistics and import/export; power and energy; agriculture, mining and livestock; consumer goods; ICT and related Industries.

Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
June 1, 2016
4th Africa Business Forum, home to a global community of 9,500+ professionals, 19,500+ international companies, 60,000+ social media followers and 10 million website visitors, hosts distinguished panelists and speakers, including ambassadors, high government officials, business leaders, investors and CEOs.
“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference” said Rashed Ahmed, founder and chairman of Africa Business Forum& Young African Entrepreneur 2015. “We look forward to bringing together many business leaders and offering international companies considerable opportunities to enter and become successful in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.”

The panel topics represent the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure, logistics and import/export; power and energy; agriculture, mining and livestock; consumer goods; ICT and related Industries.
Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa
June 2-16, 2016
18th Encounters Documentary Festival.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
June 11-July 31, 2016
Reflections by Byung Tae Kim
Reflections by Byung Tae Kim explores Nature not just as form of art but as a medium of conveying fundamental Oriental philosophy. The adage of less is more rings ever more true with shot after shot of vast expanse skies, vividly empty landscapes and silent, still silhouettes. Yet to the discerning mind, to the searching soul, these spatial interrelationships superimposed on delicate compositions of landscape, flora and fauna throb with energy.Open daily, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
June 16 to 26, 2016
37th Durban International Film Festival
Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and 7th Durban FilmMart (DFM); DFM, that runs in the framework of DIFF, shall be held June 17-20, 2016.
The 9th Talents Durban the intensive programme of seminars, hands-on training, workshops and industry networking activities in partnership with Berlinale Talents will take place June 17-21, 2016.

Michael Joseph Art Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
June 23, 2016; 2:00 PM
MASK Prize 2016 Prize-Giving Ceremony
An annual arts competition for young people under the age of 25 living in Kenya, Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK) Prize is presented by MASK School for Creativity and Innovation, a UK education charity.
The aim of the competition, its organisers say, is to promote creativity, innovation and self-expression; it challenges young Africans to reflect on creative and innovative ways of thinking and doing.
MASK is judged across five categories–under 13’s, visual art, schools, music, and entrepreneurial ideas–and awards up to 20 prizes totalling Sh300000 (about B£3000) at a prize-giving ceremony in Nairobi. Entrance is free.

Reflections by Byung Tae Kim Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
July 9-17, 2016
19th Festival of the Dhow Countries
Lined up for this Zanzibar International Film Festival-organised event is a host of film screenings, workshops, exhibitions, and performances.
One of the chief guests to grace the 19th Festival of the Dhow Countries is Bollywood producer, Kunal Kapoor.

Roberts and Tilton, 5801 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232, USA
July 16-August 20, 2016
Perfect Day
Participating artists in this exhibition include Stanley Bell, Rory Devine, Michael Dopp, Martin Durazo, Jeffrey Gibson, Orr Herz,Daan den Houter, David Huffman, Johanna Jackson, Nathan Kitch, Gibran Mevlana,
Tameka Norris, Andrew Pasquella, Robert Russell, Ohad Sarfaty, Tschabalala Self,
Lisa C Soto, Ardeshir Tabrizi, Taylor Tschider.

Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
August 18-21, 2016
Art Expo Nairobi
An international art expo featuring exhibitions, workshops, conference, and mentoring & marketing opportunities.

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

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.

Art Expo Nairobi's beauty and art showsVarious 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.

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.

Nairobi, Kenya
December 4-10, 2016enya 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.

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

Ahamada Smis Trio from the Comoros, France & Zanzibar at Sauti za Busara 2015

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.

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