African Arts Diary

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Artists 'Politic', Interpret Kenya's ConstitutionGoethe-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.

Tau at Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South AfricaNairobi 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.


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.

Market Theatre hosts Divas Of KofifiMarket Theatrem Johannesburg, South Africa
July 28-August 21, 2016
The Dying Screams of the Moon
The Dying Screams of the Moon is a play written by Zakes Mda tackling issues of land and identity following two women who have more in common than they realize.
Directed by Dr. John Kani, the play promises to be one not to miss.

Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
August 11-13, 2016
Divas Of Kofifi
Divas Of Kofifi is a tribute to Thandie Klaasen, Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Khubeka and written by Bongile Lecoge-Zulu
The Afro rhythms of Marabi, Tsaba-Tsaba, Kwela and Mbaqanga will soon take us through memory lane to the dance floors of Thirty Nine Steps and Back of the Moon. Beautiful songstresses gracing audiences with their sweet melodies and their classical glamour. Gangsters were the envy of the times with their immaculate attires and extravagant lifestyles.The oppressive laws of apartheid were intent on breaking down communities but instead, built a strong spirit of resistance among invidividuals. Intellectuals and ordinary citizens exchanged debates and home brews inside the walls of the buzzing shebeens. Poverty and unemployment was the daily bread which was coupled with the will to survive. It was life in Kofifi where the motto was “Live Fast, Die Young, and Make a Good-Looking Corpse in a Glamourous Coffin.”

Hearts of Art present a play on Kenya's post-December 2007 election violenceMarket Theatrem Johannesburg, South Africa
August 11-21, 2016, 2016
Tau is a 2015 Zwakala Festival winner. The story deals with sensitive cultural issues that have remained unchanged for centuries and are difficult to question. It also deals with the taboo issue of homosexuality in the midst of a sacred “manly” ceremony. The play does not wish to shun the cultural beliefs of its audiences, but wishes to ask people to look to themselves and whether they are abusing the power rooted in customs on the grounds of ignorance or as a calculated choice…LEROTHODI !!

Dying Screams of the Moon Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
August 12-14, 2016
A Kiss through the Veil
A Kiss through the Veil catalogs the pain of a close knit family that is torn apart by the post December 2007 election violence.
When Daniel is shot and his wife burned inside a church, he is reduced to a life on a wheelchair and has problems picking up his life. Ten years later, he is set to receive his only surviving son from prison but his return only awakens old betrayals and dashed dreams as their hope for justice dwindles.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
August 17-21, 2016
My Fish My Choice
An original comedy by Heartstrings Entertainment, My Fish My Choice explores the insincerity of our public officers and institutions tasked to lead and serve Kenyans as one headline after another violates the principles of Hii Chapta 6. Heartstrings Entertainment show how Kenyans continue to be taken for a ride, bringing out the rot that has infiltrated public officers as they throw integrity to the dogs.

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.

Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
August 29, 2016; 17:45-20:00 Hrs
95th Lola Kenya Screen film forum
This Nairobi’s premier critical movie screening, discussion and networking platform showcases ARE YOU HAPPY? by Henry Mutisya; CLICHE by Firul Maithya; INDULGE ME by Ian Kithinji; HAPPY VALENTINE by Tyler Martindale; and ROLEX by Ian Kithinji and Henry Mutisya in the presence of the crew and cast. Many of these directors–Kithinji, Mutisya, Maithya–started attending LKSff while still in school, had their student films screened and criticued at LKSff where they also honed their skills.

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.

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

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.

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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