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Sensing Nairobi: Remains, Waste and Metonymy II Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
Every last Monday 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 consultancy’s ArtMatters.Info cultural journalism project in collaboration with Goethe-Institut.

Tamambo Karen Blixen, Nairobi, Kenya
Every Friday
Jazz it Up with the Calabash Band Live.

Swahili Fashion Week & Awards provides a platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clients and international fashion industry.

Nairobi Gallery, Kenyatta Ave/Uhuru Highway, Nairobi, Kenya

April 23-June 30, 2017
Transitions
Boniface Maina, an acrylics on canvas and inks on paper artist who is inspired by human reactions, personal experiences, dreams and daily encounters which he
illustrates through his surrealist scenes and figures, premiere a new series of works, debuting his “new” style, which is marked departure from what his fans have been accustomed to in the past.
Born in 1987 at Nanyuki, Kenya, Boniface Maina studied at the YMCA Training Institute, graduating with a diploma in art and design in 2008.He represents a new breed of promising young contemporary artists in Nairobi. He has exhibited widely in East Africa and internationally . He has co-founded a cooperative of young artists in Nairobi known as Brush Tu Art Studio.
The exhibition is open 8:30 AM-5:30 PM daily and Museum entrance fees apply.

 

 

Space of Soil ceramics art exhibition symbolises friendship between Kenyans and South Koreans.Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
June 8-30, 2017
Sensing Nairobi: Remains, Waste and Metonymy II
An art exhibition examining Nairobi as both a sensory metonymic and metaphorical concept rather than a physical place.
Presented by British Institute in East Africa, the show brings together ‘a collection of artists, practitioners and thinkers who seek to sense and make sense of Nairobi’ and contribute to its ‘multiple sensorial registers … as a way of critically engaging with the intersections of time, substance and space through which the city contingently emerges and becomes.’
The ‘artists, practitioners and thinkers’ participating in the show include:

  • Elias Mung’ora
  • James Muriuki
  • Meshak Oiro
  • Annie Pfingst
  • Joost Fontein
  • Kevin Oduor
  • Neo Musangi
  • Ralf Graf
  • Constance Smith, and
  • Wambui Kamiru.

Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
June 19, 2017; 6:00 PM
100th 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.

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

Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya
June 26-30, 2017
Women in Politics: Udada na Siasa
Goethe Institut and Alliance Française, with funding from the French-German Elysee Fund, present views on women in politics from Kenya, Germany and France.
Accompanying the discussions are Women in Politics: A Multimedia View digital art exhibition on June 27 at 6:30 PM and Tunaweza participatory life-size puppet theatre performance by Buni Media on June 30 at 7:00 PM.
No gate fees.

Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya
June 27, 2017; 4:00-6:00 PM
Gender Forum: Men Lead, Women Follow
The Shackles Of Patriarchy Across the Globe and Locally
Free public discussion hosted by Goethe-Institut With the support of Heinrich Böll Stiftung office for East & Horn of Africa.
Key discussion points:
• Patriarchy is a system that is difficult to point a finger on in isolation? How can we “see” patriarchy in the interplay of
women and politics? What are the ways in which it manifests?
• What are some of the things men can do to help dismantle patriarchy?
Admission is free.

Theresa Musoke, Uganda's Legendary Artist, exhibits at Nairobi Gallery.

Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
July 8-October 1, 2017
Theresa Musoke: Legendary artist of Uganda
Born in Kampala in 1942, at a time when few African women, let alone Ugandan women, were going to University, Teresa Musoke
completed studies at Makerere University Department of Fine Arts, the best art school in East Africa at that time. She began
receiving recognition while still an undergraduate with prestigious commissions like her famous “Birth Mural” at Makerere
University Mary Stuart Hall, the National Parks of Kenya, and Entebbe International Airport. After graduation, Musoke received a
Commonwealth scholarship to do printing in the UK where she earned a postgraduate diploma in printing from the Royal College of
Art in London. She then took up residence in Kenya for the next 20 years where she exhibited at local galleries such as Paa ya
Paa, Gallery Watatu and African Heritage. She held several exhibitions abroad, particularly in the Scandinavian countries where
her distinguished works of romanticized wildlife in a moody mixture of abstract batik and oil painting won great acclaim. She
taught art at Makerere University, Kenyatta university College , the International School of Kenya and several other venues.
In the process Musoke has been acknowledged as one of Africa’s leading women artists and has won many awards. Selected exhibits
abroad include the Royal Academy of Art in London, The Hampton Institute in Virginia, USA, Botanic Museum in Brussels Belgium,
and Africus-Johannesburg-Biennale, South Africa.

International Museum Day 2017 to celebrate Unity in Diversity.Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
July 13-23, 2017
38th Durban International Film Festival
The festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is a premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.
This year the festival will shine a light upon the ever expanding trend in cinema highlighting the refugee or immigrant stories with Transit Tales. As the global society expands further every year, cinema has highlighted the stories of subjects as they chase their hopes and dreams for their lives in a new and sometimes unknown land.

National Theatre, Kampala, Uganda
September 15-17, 2017
10th Bayimba International Festival
This year’s festival programme will highlight some of the performances and productions of the past decade and specially commissioned productions and presentations.

Nairobi, Kenya
September 27-October 1, 2017
10th Storymoja Festival
The theme of the 10th festival that is dubbed as the ‘biggest book party’ in Africa is Black Peace.
Lined up are Book Discussions, Public Lectures, Masterclasses & workshops, Art & Theater Shows, Concerts, and programmes for Schools, Children and Family.

Yaounde, Cameroon
October 11-14, 2017
9th Le Kolatier Africa Music Market
Le Kolatier is a platform for meetings and exchanges between actors in the field of music industry, with the aim of providing a good opportunity for emerging African music groups and contributing to the development of the African music industry.

Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee GardenJohannesburg, South Africa
October 25-27, 2017
Germany is the Guest country at this Africa’s most important television and film market designed to highlight Africa’s fast emerging multi-screen and multi-platform marketplace. It is a business-driven market designed to deliver meetings between content buyers, sellers, and independent producers. Our goal is to provide efficient, profitable meetings organized with a customized matchmaking program through the preparatory phases and during market.

Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival of Scotland logoEdinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
October 27-November 5, 2017
12th Africa in Motion (AiM)
Set in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aim aims to promote the excellence of African cinema to Scottish audiences, and overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African films within British film-going culture.

London, Britain
October 27-November 5, 2017
7th Film Africa Festival
This is The Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and the Diaspora. The festival has become the key platform for African cinema in London and the UK. The 2017 programme brings exciting films to 10 venues across London. This will be accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; the Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

UNESCO's Global Media and Information (MIL) Literacy Week 2017 that shall run in Kingston, Jamaica, October 31-November 6, 2017, shall incorporate the 7th Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference.Kingston, Jamaica
October 31-November 6, 2017
Global MIL Week 2017
The highlights of the Global Media and Information (MIL) Literacy Week 2017 that shall run October 31-November 6 shall include the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference.
The preliminary theme of the Global MIL Week 2017 is “Media and Information Literacy, Transforming and Reforming Learning/Education”.

York, Britain
November 8-12, 2017
Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF)
ASFF, an international competition that accepts films from across the world in 11 genres,showcases the work of emerging and established filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward.

Michael Soi, Patrick Mukabi and Joseph Bertiers are artists who do not flinch from controversial issuesKampala, Uganda
November 22-26, 2017
4th Kampala International Theatre Festival
Created as a platform to facilitate the creation and presentation of the best theatre productions and develop new audiences for theatre.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
December 1-3, 2017
10th Sawhili Fashion Week
Swahili Fashion Week & Awards provides a platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and beyond to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clients and international fashion industry.

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