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Sanaa Theatre Awards, launched in 2013, succeed Mbalamwezi Theatre Awards that became defunct in 2004.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.

 

Johnny Boskak is Feeling FunnyMannie Manim, The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
November 16-December 4, 2016
Tumi and Vanessa to ‘Tease!’
First Lady of Comedy Tumi Morake and the original ‘Cavewoman’ Vanessa Frost team up in ‘Tease!’, which premieres in Johannesburg.
Listed by The Herald as one their ‘picks of the day’, and described by them as “Lots of fun with more than Fringe appeal”, ‘Tease!’ enjoyed a successful debut run on the National Lottery Fringe at the 2016 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown with sold out shows, standing ovations and a Standard Bank Ovation Award.
Set in their suburban hair salon, ‘Tease!’ is an honest comedy in which Vanessa and Tumi play best friends Eva and Neo, stylists and ‘therapists’ to many a regular client, offering the audience a glimpse into the familiar world of client-stylist relations: a veritable stream of conversation, ‘skinner’ and agony aunt-style relationship advice. In an unexpected personal and professional funk, Eva and Neo embark on a journey of self-discovery. Armed with intimate client knowledge and a growing understanding of what women (and men) want – and need – these intrepid Tease! stylists launch a quiet, backroom business selling toys… of the adult persuasion.
With a healthy dose of self-deprecating funny and a whole lot of heart, versatile artists Tumi and Vanessa play all characters – from the elderly Muslim and Jewish women who return weekly to have their hair set and sample new toys, to the liberated sex class instructor and the sanctimonious housewife having a passionate affair with her *ahem* SpeedQueen!
Despite a punishing schedule as a sought-after comedienne, in this production Tumi returns to her first love; performance, and suggests perhaps the universe conspired in the creation of Tease! because “it has come at a time when the spotlight is on women specifically around gender equality and body shaming”, that sex and shame go hand in hand and through ‘Tease!’, “we are trying to remove the concept of shame from sex.” She explains, “Sex isn’t just about anatomy, it’s where you are spiritually, emotionally, what’s happening in your life, what you think of yourself and how you operate in the world so I think anyone who watches it kind of relates because they get that it’s not just about the naughtiness, it’s about people.”
The show is produced by theatre and documentary company Bloom & Stone, who focus on creating meaningful, accessible content. Vanessa explains that although ‘Tease!’ is an enormous amount of fun, it’s definitely not just a series of gags – that the extensive research which went into the writing of the script meant that they found themselves exploring heartfelt and important things. “Even when you’re dealing with subjects from a comedic perspective, you can’t shy away from the hard truths; and so it’s been about finding the comedy in each of these moments, while exploring the moments that don’t require comedy,” she says. It’s about answering the question we all quietly worry about: ‘Am I normal?’.
Though Tease! is female-centric, with a potent message that encourages women to shrug off shame and take back their personal pleasure, it has universal appeal. Tumi says that it’s almost like the black / white conversation, “we’re all people if we can get beyond the colour thing” and it happens with gender too – “sometimes the minute you forget that anatomically we are different, we find that there are so many insecurities common between us.”

Fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and beyond showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with their clientele at the National Museum in Dar December 2-4, 2016.The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
November 16-December 4, 2016
Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny
Where does Johnny Boskak fit in the new South Africa? Is he a white trash dinosaur? Or the last cowboy hero in boots and blue jeans? What we know is that he’s on the road, looking for love, redemption, an AK47 and the quickest way out of Secunda…
Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny is a powerful play from the sharp satirical pen of Greig Coetzee, written in rhyming couplets rapped out by his anti-hero Johnny. The words – that feel more like lyrics – will amuse, amaze and entertain you as this dispossessed working-class white South African sets off on a reckless adventure.
The fast-paced show blends physical theatre with memorable storytelling as Johnny romps through life and through dodgy bars, encounters with gangsters and falls for a chick as bad-assed as himself in this play of adventure meets social commentary.
This multi-award-winning play is a spin-off from Coetzee’s previous hit White Men with Weapons, and stars Craig Morris as the down-and-out but never defeated Johnny.
The genius of Coetzee’s absorbing and intensely clever writing is brought to vivid life by Morris with his inimitable style of physical performance. Under Roslyn Wood-Morris’s theatrical eye this is theatre at its best. It features original music by the late Syd Kitchen.
Morris has a talent for finding the soul of Coetzee’s troubled characters, and this perfect actor and author combo last collaborated for the show Blood Orange (title must be in italics), which played at The Market Theatre in 2007.
This unmissable show will leave audiences with plenty to think about as this turbulent year draws-to-a-close.
Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny won the Naledi Award for Best Cutting Edge Production in 2015 and earned the 2015 National Arts Festival Golden Ovation Award.

 

 

Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
November 28, 2016; 6:00 PM
97th Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff)

Billed as Nairobi’s premier critical movie platform, LKSff is so far the longest running and most consistent monthly motion pictures gathering in the Kenyan political and commercial capital, having been in existence since 2005.

The event is 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 sustainable 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) media & arts festival, skills-development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern.

LKS is presented by ComMattersKenya/ArtMatters.Info in collaboration with Goethe-Institut and in association with IPO-Eastern Africa.

Kim Sung-Jin, holder of a a Master of Fine Arts in ceramic arts from Dankook University in South Korea, holds his 21st solo exhibition at Nairobi National Museum.National Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
December 2-4, 2016
9th Swahili Fashion Week
Fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and beyond showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with their clients and customers.

Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi, Kenya
December 3 & 4, 2016
The Nutcracker Ballet
Dance Centre Kenya opens the season with a Black Tie Reception. The reception begins at 6:30 pm with a complimentary beverage and hors d’oeuvres provided by Le Decanter. The performance on December 3 begins at 7:00 pm.
Sugarplum Tea Party shall kick off the December 4 performance, with juice and sweets playing second fiddle to the opportunity to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and the other characters from the ballet. The tea party begins at 2:00 pm and the performance at 3:00 pm.
Additional performances will be held in Karen at GEMS Cambridge Academy on December 9 at 7:00 pm and in Lavington at Braeside School on December 11 at 3:00 pm with bitings and treats being sold by Brioche.
Dance Centre Kenya’s Artistic Director Cooper Rust welcomes international dancer Scott Spivey, formerly of the Joffrey Ballet, who shall perform the Sugar Plum Cavalier. Nairobi Half Life star Joseph Wairimu plays the role of Herr Drosselmeyer, who delivers the gift of the Nutcracker to the beautiful Clara. Nairobi’s own Joel Kioko, fresh from training in the United States,performs the Spanish Chocolate Divertissement.

Live performance based on the music of the 1970s comes to Nairobi in January 2017.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.

Aga Khan Walk, Nairobi, Kenya
December 6-9, 2016
Kenya Historical Photo Gallery Street Exhibition and Online Historical Photo Library, Urithi.go.ke, Launch
This is the official launch of the Kenya historical photo gallery exhibition and launch of Kenya News Agency (KNA)’s Online Historical photos (urithi.go.ke) organised by the ICT Authority of Kenya’s Ministry of Information Communications Technology (ICT).
KNA, with the support of the ICT Authority through the World Bank, has been digitising its photo library since May 2015.The ICT Authority says “nearly 400000 images are available in digital format”, that many of the photos date from 1940 and that “most have never been seen since they were taken.”
Saying “The public events constitute a Street Exhibition where historical photos are publicly displayed in each town for a week,” ICT Authority says it has “so far held the street exhibitions in Machakos, Muranga, Nakuru, Maralal, Kisumu and are now holding the grand event in Nairobi.”
The street exhibition in Nairobi shall be held on Aga Khan Walk December 6-9, 2016 with the aim of “promoting patriotism and cohesion by demonstrating Kenya’s shared history and heritage.”

Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
December 8, 2016-January 5, 2017
21st Kim Sung-Jin Formative Ceramics Exhibition: Memories of the Beginning and Nature of Kenya
(Forests · Animals · People)
South Korean-born Kim Sung-Jin is currently undertaking a one year programme as a resident professor in the Department of Fine Art and Design at Kenyatta University in Nairobi where he teaches ceramics.
Holder of a Master of Fine Arts in ceramic arts from Dankook University, Kim Sung-Jin, who has held 20 solo exhibitions,nis a member of Korea Art Association, Korea Contemporary Ceramic Association and Korea Craft Council.

Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi, Kenya
December 14, 2016
4th Sanaa Theatre Awards
Dr Hassan Wario Arero, Kenya’s Minister for Sports, Culture and The Arts is expected to preside over this national theatre awards launched in 2013 to succeed Mbalamwezi Theatre Awards that became defunct in 2004.

Kim Sung-Jin is currently undertaking a one year programme as a resident professor in the Department of Fine Art and Design at Kenyatta University teaching ceramics.Tribe Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
January 6 & 7, 2017
Peace and Love
Theatrical staging of poetry, dance and music with a huge influence from the 1970s. With a stellar cast, great music and dance – Peace And Love promises to be the perfect way of starting the year off. Tickets (Sh2200 in November; Sh2500 in December; Sh3000 at the door).

Nairobi, Kenya
January18-20, 2017
Modern Airports Africa conference
The event will bring together civil aviation authorities, airports and airlines, government representatives and other major decision-makers to address challenges to Africa’s airport infrastructure.
Among key speakers shall be
• Najib Balala, Minister for Tourism, Kenya
• Irungu Nyakera, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Urban Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, Kenya
• Sidy Gueye, Regional Director, International Air Transport Association (IATA), South Africa
• Emanuel Chaves, CEO, Aeroportos de Moçambique
• Dr Ralf Gaffal, International Business: Vice President, Munich Airport, Germany
• Gershon Kofi Adzadi, Head of ICT, Ghana Airports Company Ltd
• Captain Gilbert Kibe, Director General, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
• Oliver Andrews, Deputy CEO & Chief Investment, Officer, African Finance Corporation
• Robert Mwesigwa Nviiri, Executive Director, East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (EAC-CASSOA).

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

Rountree blows his trumpet in Kampala on 8 October 2016. Pic by Abubaker Lubowa.Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
February 25-March 4, 2017
25th Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)

Lagos, Nigeria
March 3-4, 2017
5th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards
Moviemakers across Africa are invited to submit their Films, made-for-television movies or television series for the 5th annual Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) by October 28, 2016.
Awards ranging from acting and directing to scriptwriting and cinematography and from editing and to soundtrack, make-up, sound, and lighting shall be presented on March 3-4, 2017. Awards shall be presented in 27 categories, with 16 open to viewers and 11 decided by the AMVCA panel of judges.
Presented by Africa Magic in association with Multichoice, AMVCAs are aimed at celebrating “the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry.”

Kampala, Uganda
March 22-25, 2017
Amakula International Film Festival.

Tanzanian hip hop artist Fid Q performs for BBC's Global Beats programmeAlexandria, 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
DISCOP Africa
Film, TV and digital content market dedicated to Francophone Africa.

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