African Arts Diary

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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.

Stating a point at 95th Lola Kenya Screen film forum

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.

Budding filmmaker Ian Kithinji to showcase his creativity at Lola Kenya Screen film forumKCB Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
October 4-7, 2016
Developers Gathering to Promote Cloud Technology Adoption in Africa
This is a four-day event with experts on cloud computing technology, hands-on demo sessions and a hackathon challenge to test knowledge gained is set to run in the Kenyan capital. Oracle and Kenya Commercial Bank, who are organising the event, say it will consist of focused and in-depth sessions with experts on Oracle Public Cloud Services.

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)

8th Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) Conference & Exhibition promoRabat, 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.

Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi, Kenya
November 23-24, 2016.
8th Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA)
This year’s conference, themed, “The digital edge: explore, encounter, exchange”, shall:

  • Give you an opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders to create a network of creative & innovative professionals
  • Provide a platform that addresses the cultural gap that exists in local and international related markets in the Broadcast, Film & Music industry
  • Reinforce Africa as a destination for creative and innovative professionals through exposure, education and empowerment

Having achieved a delegate population of over 1500 in each of the previous BFMA events, it shall bring together thought leaders of Africa’s booming creative arts and digital media industries including; Innovators and Professionals from TV, Radio, Film, Music, Mobile tech, Telkom, Advertising, Animation and Gaming, Regulators, Academics, Policy Makers, Content Providers, Script Writers among other industry professionals.

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.


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)

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.

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

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