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Party Merger, an oils on canvas painting by Moses Nyawanda who is exhibiting at Nairobi National Museum November 9-30, 2017

Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
November 10, 2017-January 31, 2018
Urembo and Hekima exhibition
These two exhibitions are accompanied by lectures, classes, ceremonies, and discussions Nairobi National Museum and at Uhuru Gardens on Lang’ata Road.
The exhibitions are hosted by the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) whose work focuses on the links between culture and healing.
While Urembo explores beauty – symbols, colours, designs, and their meanings over time, Hekima seeks to demonstrate the depth and diversity of scientific and historical knowledge

Among the public events lined up are Symbols and Meaning discussion with Yassir Ali & Mary Ogembo, Mosaics with Eric Manya, Printmaking with Eunice Wadu, Sculpting with Clay with Gerald Olewe, Kenyan Arts Practice talk with Joy Mboya, Painting with Yassir Ali, Weaving with Coastal elders, Drawing with Patrick Mukabi,Music with Kenge Kenge Orutu System and Sculpting with Alex Wainaina.


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Kenyan visual artist and photographer Gemini Vaghela to showcase her recent paintings at Mettā Nairobi in an exhibition tittled Breaking Illusions.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
January 22-28, 2018
East Africa Art Biennale
For the first time in the history of the East Africa Art Biennale (EASTAFAB), founded in 2003 in Tanzania with the aim of promoting visual arts in East Africa, artworks from the 8th edition of the Biennale will be exhibited in Nairobi and then travel to Kampala, Kigali and Bujumbura.

Mettā Nairobi, 6F, Belgravia, 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi, Kenya
January 29 – February 3, 2018
Breaking Illusions
An exhibition of recent paintings by Gemini Vaghela, a visual artist and photographer based at The Kobo Trust Foundation in Nairobi who also creates wearable art.

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NoonPowell Fine Art is a new online gallery space representing emerging, leading and award-winning fine artists from across the United Kingdom and abroad.

6 Park Place Villas, Little Venice, London, W2 1SP, England
February 1-3, 2018
‘ABODE: 6 Park Place Villas’
This pop-up exhibition of contemporary fine art from some of the UK’s leading and award winning artists features Helen Rawlins,
Pandora Mond, Suzi Morris, Dido Powell, JJ Morgan, Jonathan Kelly.
Private viewing is scheduled for February 1 (18:30 – 21:30) and February 3 (14:30 – 16:30).
It is organised by Noon Powell Fine Art that projects itself as “a new online gallery space representing emerging, leading and
award-winning fine artists from across the United Kingdom and abroad.”

Fairmont The Norfolk, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi, Kenya
February 3 – 16, 2018
Contemporary Impressionism Exhibition by Coster Ojwang
Coster Ojwang, 26, studied art at Mwangaza Art School in 2013. He became a full time artist in 2015 and he expresses with paintings, collage and drawings.
Ojwang is an expressive painter who loves bold colours and brush strokes. He says he draws his inspiration from places he has been to, people around him, and wildlife.In this show, he focuses tea landscapes in Kenya, among other themes.
The event, that is marked as being child-friendly, is hosted by Little Gallery and curated by Curated by William Ndwiga.

Contemporary Impressionism Exhibitionshow at Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi, shows the work of Coster OjwangStone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
February 8-11, 2018
15th Sauti za Busara music festival.
“The festival will kick off with a special flash mob led by Haba na Haba contemporary dance troupe from Dar es Salaam. This will be followed by the highly anticipated Carnival Parade, stopping the traffic along its 2km route to Stone Town,” says DJ Yusuf Mahmoud, the director of the festival.“On three stages over four days, the festival promises 46 performances, 100% live, including 20 groups from Tanzania and more from South Africa, Zimbabwe, DRC, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Egypt, Sudan, the Gambia, Reunion, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.”

Tamarind Tree Hotel, Lang’ata Road, Nairobi, Kenya
February 15, 2018; from 6:00 PM
Art with Love
This is a VIP exhibition of original work of art by Neil Thomas, Georgina Goodwin and Anthony Russell who shall be present to discuss their work.
The curator of the charity event is Lisa Christoffersen.

Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY, England
February 22-25, 2018
14th Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects
Craft is having a major moment across the world; with 400 makers from four continents descending on London, there’s nowhere better to experience it!
Opening times:
Thursday, February 22, 12noon – 7pm
Friday, February 23, 11am – 9pm
Saturday, February 24, 11am – 6pm
Sunday, February 25, 11am – 6pm
Tickets for Collect 2018 are available now, via Eventbrite.
Tickets £23; concessions £16.

Dubai Festival City Intercontinental, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
February 25 – 27, 2018
AFRICA Pavilion at DISCOP Dubai
The TV market in the Middle East and Africa is set to grow by 30% between 2016 and 2021, delivering revenues of €13.3 billion (US$15.2 billion), according to new research from IDATE. DISCOP Markets, therefore decided to allocate space for the first TV distribution and co-production market known as DISCOP Dubai’s Africa Pavilion to support this substantial growth and bridging the gap between Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Maasai dance and Contemporary African dance through the dances of KenyaMaasai Mara Game Reserve, Narok, Kenya
February 26-March 10, 2018
Safari in the Park
Dance workshop by dancer and choreographer Fernando Anuang’a
The workshop is open to all level of dancers interested in African dance and an introduction to contemporary African dance.

Abidjan, Ivory Cost
March 10-17, 2018
10th Market for African Performing Arts (MASA)
Sixty-four creative companies from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific region have been shortlisted. Seven disciplines–music, dance, theatre, tale-telling, stand up comedy, street art and slam poetry–are represented in this 10th biennial edition of the event that is dedicated to living arts in in 2018 celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The theme for the festival, “Which business models for African performing arts?”, raises the question of a sustainable financing for culture in Africa.

Munich, Germany
May 25-30, 2018
Prix Jeunesse International Festival & Competition
The theme of the festival is ‘Strong Stories for Strong Children – Resilience and Storytelling’.

Art with Love VIP ExhibitionShores of Lake Malawi, Malawi
September 28-30, 2018
Lake of Stars Festival
One of Africa’s leading music and arts festival, Lake of Stars returns to the palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi in the warm heart of southern Africa for its 15th anniversary.
Over the years, the Lake of Stars Festival has attracted talent from UK bands such as the Foals, Maccabees and Young Fathers through to African legends like Oliver Mtukudzi of Zimbabwe and Mafikizolo of South Africa.
The Lake of Stars project has run events and festivals in UK and Africa since 2003, showcasing artists from Malawi, across Africa and around the world. The festival has generated an estimated £1.3 million for Malawi’s economy each year.
The festival location on Lake Malawi and the full line-up will be announced in 2018 on website.

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