African Arts Diary

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Painter Richard Onyango specialises in retrospective worksGoethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
Every last Monday of the 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.

some of the greatest artists in the world at the cape town jazz festival 2016


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.


E-Waste Experiments with Adrian NdumaNairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
March 24-April 24, 2016; 8:30 AM-5:30 PM daily
Digitized: E-Waste Experiments with Adrian Nduma

This is an exhibition of new works by Adrian Nduma. It is a collection of works that are highly experimental, created around the theme of e-waste disposal.

Adrian Nduma, a formaly-trained contemporary artist based in Kenya, holds a Bachelor’s of Education degree with specialisation in Fine Art from Kenyatta University. He mainly works with acrylics on canvas.

Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
April 1-30, 2016; 8:30AM-5:30 PM
Girls Design the World: Supporting Green Communities with STEAM

This exhibition brings together the work of US American and Kenyan girls researched on environmental challenges in their cities and addressed these challenges through a process of design thinking, a tool for brainstorming and prototyping creative solutions to practical problems.

National Museums of Kenya(NMK) and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) in Minnesota partnered in January 2016 to build a cross-cultural exchange and stimulate dialogue around youth empowerment, environmental stability and social inclusion.

Twenty-two participants for the project were drawn from five girls secondary schools in Nairobi based on their interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).The girls interviewed community members to understand their needs.Through this process,the girls identified the challenges for which they designed solutions.

Participants in the Minneapolis and Nairobi projects were guided by artists, designers, and environmentalists as they identified and designed their prototypes.

Turner Contemporary Gallery, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG, UK
April 12-May 22, 2016;open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM.
MASK Prize at Turner Contemporary
The exhibition comprises unique series of digital animated paintings created by the 2015 Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK) Prize winners and the graduates of the University of the Creative Arts (UCA).
The MASK PRIZE is an annual arts competition for young people under the age of 25 living in Kenya. 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.
Turner Contemporary is one of the most important public galleries in the UK presenting world-class art in new, dynamic ways. Built on Margate seafront, the iconic building offers sensational views and light.
Admission is free.

Kenyan artist Willie Wamuti exhibits at Nairobi National MuseumNational Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
April 20, 2016
The Legacy of Joy Adamson II
The second phase of the exhibition showing 57 more pieces of Joy’s paintings of the people, plants and animals of Kenya is complete. The exhibition opens on April 20, 2016; 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM.

Creativity Gallery, National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
April 22-May 29, 2016;8:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily
Art Exhibition
Artists Willie Wamuti, Samuel Njoroge and Robert Njoroge are showcasing at least 40 paintings. Whereas each artist has a distinct style they are jointly inspired by their shared background.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
April 28-May 8, 2016
Hot Docs
Hot Docs offers an outstanding selection of films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200000.

Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya
April 30, 2016; from 7:00 AM
Nairobi Triathlon and Duathlon Challenge
The Nairobi edition of the Team Tri Fit (TTF) Triathlon and Duathlon Series kicks off at 7AM in the Aquatic Centre of Kasarani Stadium.
The local organizing team (LOC) has reworked the two-day event into one day based on the number of participants. All races shall run through the day on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
The event is open to individuals of all ages from beginners to professionals who are interested in swimming, cycling and running.
From this and other events, TTF will dedicate 10% of all race proceeds to the upkeep of gym and rehabilitation facilities at the National Spinal Injury Hospital situated on Lenana Road in Nairobi.

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.

Artists Willie Wamuti, Samuel Njoroge & Robert Njoroge showcase 40 paintings at Nairobi MuseumCannes, France
May 11-22, 2016
Festival de Cannes
This is a celebration of what constitutes the art of cinema in writing, genres and visual innovations.

Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa
June 2-16, 2016
18th Encounters Documentary Festival.

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.

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.

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.

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

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