By Abdi Ali
Published October 14, 2016
The names of authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) for children’s and youth literature 2017 shall be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany on October 20, 2016.
The Nomination programme shall see USA’s Meg Rosoff, the winner of the ALMA 2016, presented with her SEK5 million (about US$6 million) prize.
Professor Boel Westin, chairman of the ALMA-jury, will then present the nominated candidates.
ALMA, the world’s largest award for literature for children and youth, was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council. It is given annually to a single laureate or to several.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is said to be founded on the United Nations’ convention of Rights of the child. A jury of experts selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world.
Meanwhile, Nairobi’s Kenya Museum Society (KMS) is preparing to host its annual Affordable Art Show.
Selected artwork will be exhibited and sold for the purpose of supporting National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
KMS says the exhibition–set for October 29-30, 2016–“will showcase the diversity and richness of the creativity of Kenya’s artists with a range of experience.”
Coming up at Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi November 23-24, 2016 is the 8th annual Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference and exhibition.
AITEC Africa, who organise BFMA, say the theme of the event is ‘The Digital Edge: Explore, Encounter, Exchange.’
The event, AITEC Africa says, shall:
- give members of the public the opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders to create a network of creative & innovative professionals
- provide a platform that addresses the cultural gap that exists in local and international related markets in the Broadcast, Film & Music industry, and
- reinforce Africa as a destination for creative and innovative professionals through exposure, education and empowerment.
AITEC Africa says 8th BFMA is expected to “bring together thought leaders of Africaâ€™s booming creative arts and digital media industries including; Innovators and Professionals from TV, Radio, Film, Music, Mobile tech, Telkom, Advertising, Animation and Gaming, Regulators, Academics, Policy Makers, Content Providers, Script Writers among other industry professionals.”
Based on the attendance during the previous gathering, AITEC Africa says the two-day event is expected to bring together at least 1500 delegates.