African Arts Diary

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Nairobi Art ExpoGoethe-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.

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.

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 Museum

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.

Nairobi Museums Hosts Pots & Identities Exhibit

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
May 7-June 30, 2016
Pots and Identities:The language of clay

Pottery is one of the most enduring artefacts in the archaeological record. It has been used the world over to provide relative dates for sites and also to reconstruct lifeways of the prehistoric people.

This exhibition is the archaeologist version of the Kenyan history and the contemporary practices of potters and artists through the language of clay. In both cases, the identity of the potter is easily discernible from either the style or decorations of the pot.

In some cases, archaeological data cannot stand alone and archaeologists have used present day practices to interpret their data. Some of the comparative data include studies on pottery functions, pottery making technologies, innovation and diffusion…

Outstanding archaeological and traditional pottery is juxtaposed alongside contemporary works by Magdalene Odundo, Edward Njenga, Waithira Chege and Emmanuel Ondif, among others.

During the exhibition opening there will be a book launch of Edward Njenga’s autobiography, Telling it in Clay, written by Lynette Kariuki.

Africa Business Forum to discuss finance and capital investment; infrastructure, logistics and import/export; power and energy; agriculture, mining and livestock; consumer goods; ICT and related Industries.Cannes, France
May 11-22, 2016
69th Festival de Cannes
This is a celebration of what constitutes the art of cinema in writing, genres and visual innovations.

Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
June 1, 2016
4th Africa Business Forum
AfricaBusinessForum.com, home to a global community of 9,500+ professionals, 19,500+ international companies, 60,000+ social media followers and 10 million website visitors, hosts distinguished panelists and speakers, including ambassadors, high government officials, business leaders, investors and CEOs.
“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference” said Rashed Ahmed, founder and chairman of Africa Business Forum& Young African Entrepreneur 2015. “We look forward to bringing together many business leaders and offering international companies considerable opportunities to enter and become successful in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.”

The panel topics represent the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure, logistics and import/export; power and energy; agriculture, mining and livestock; consumer goods; ICT and related Industries.
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.

Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
August 18-21, 2016
Art Expo Nairobi
An international art expo featuring exhibitions, workshops, conference, and mentoring & marketing opportunities.

Nairobi, Kenya
October 15-22, 2016
International Puppetry Festival Kenya 2016.

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.

Art Expo Nairobi's beauty and art showsVarious 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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