African Arts & Entertainment Diary

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A Kenya-Honduras art exhibition by Moses Nyawanda and Santos Arzu Quioto from Honduras at Galleria Shopping Mall in NairobiGoethe-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 and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa.

LKSff is presented by ComMattersKenya consultancy’s ArtMatters.Info cultural journalism and criticism project in collaboration with Goethe-Institut in Kenya.

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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.

A cinematography workshop for children from the East African Community partner states in session at Lola Kenya Screen, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Creativity Gallery, Nairobi Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
December 8, 2017 – January 15, 2018
BSQ Puts up a storming show
Join the artists on Friday 8th December at 2PM for a fun and interactive graffiti session in the gallery!
The bomb squad crew (BSQ) is a street art group consisting of young Kenyan artists. The group formed in 2011 and hails from the
city streets of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. It is made up of members with a passion and love for art, specifically mural work and
graffiti. The exhibition titled NextGen is BSQ’s first major exhibition. The public is invited to join the artists on Friday
8th December at 2PM for a fun and interactive graffiti session in the Nairobi National Museum’s Creativity Gallery!
NextGen is an exhibition about the next generation, a generation that has forgotten the beauty of our culture. The artists use
a variety of techniques in collaborative and individual works to investigate how our culture is affected today by the mixture
of traditional and technological influences.
BSQ hopes to show museum visitors that street art is not only for vandalism but can be displayed in a museum gallery to express
and address different societal issues, in this case to portray how technology has affected our culture both positively and
negatively.
BSQ have managed to carve up a name for themselves as the most energetic, inspiring and creative art crew in East and Central
Africa. BSQ is a group of young Kenyan artist formed in 2011.
BSQ members are:
Kenneth Otieno (Kaymist4)
Bebeto Ochieng (Thufu-B)
Brian Musasia (Msale).

Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
December 19, 2017 – January 18, 2018
Living Dangerously
This is an exhibition of photographs on human struggles, film stars, celebrities, pop and rock stars during the Second World War.The images were taken by Terence Spencer, a LIFE magazine photojournalist and World War 11 pilot.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
January 17, 2018; 19:00 Hours
Showcase Wednesday with Daraja
Daraja Band performs music that fuses the sounds of Africa with that of others parts of the world. The group’s music provides a bridge to connect with people from all backgrounds. Many colors, one sound.
The band comprises Kirit Pattni on the Indian flute, Rapasa Otieno on Nyatiti and Adung’, Steve Kimani on guitar, Prasad Velankar on the tablas, Kamaich Kamau on percussion. Vocalists include Señor Cjays who brings a blend of Swahili, English and Spanish rap, Daniel Osanya who carries a Jazz sound and Fezile Mauncho who ties it in with rhythm and sounds from Southern Africa.

Organised by International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR), World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Casa África, 9th INVESTOUR will discuss some of the most pertinent topics for the African continent, prominent among them the situation of the Africa Brand and its impact on the African continent’s tourism.Feria de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
January 17-21, 2018
9th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR)
Organised by International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR), World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Casa África, 9th INVESTOUR will discuss some of the most pertinent topics for the African continent, prominent among them the situation of the Africa Brand and its impact on the African continent’s tourism.
The Investour Forum will debate “Africa Brand: promoting tourism development and investment opportunities” and identify an integrated approach to harmonise sustainable tourism with the protection of biodiversity, putting emphasis on how to involve the local community in the efforts to conserve biodiversity. In this regard, the forum will also become a space for exploring and drafting well-established policies committed to developing sustainable tourism, maximising the benefits of investment and improving public and private collaboration.

Harun Kiruku Ng'ang'a records proceedings during the 102nd sitting of the bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi, Kenya on November 27, 2017.

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.

Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
January 25, 2018; 18:30 Hours
The Night of Ideas
The event is marked every January to celebrate and share ideas across cultures, generations and fields.
For this year’s event, the Alliance Française has invited the Godown Arts Centre, the FlipFlopi project, Black Rhino VR, Digital Matatus and the Bus to share with the public how their power of imagination has fuelled an innovation revolution.

NoonPowell Fine Art is a new online gallery space representing emerging, leading and award-winning fine artists from across the United Kingdom and abroad.Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
January 29, 2018
103rd Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff)
This is #Nairobis_premier_critical_movie_platform that screens and critiques movies, encourages filmmakers and explores ways of integrating motion pictures in eastern Africa with other socio-cultural and economic activities in order to come up with a sustainable movie industry.
LKSff is often one of the first places where new films can be seen and young talent spotted.

A ‘by-invitations only’ event held with the aim of screening and critiquing movies, encouraging moviemakers and exploring ways of integrating screen arts 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 and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa.

Presented under the ArtMatters.Info journalism and criticism by ComMattersKenya consultancy in collaboration with Goethe-Institut and in association with IPO-Eastern Africa.

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.”

Showcase Wednesday at Alliance Francaise with Crystal AxisStone 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.”

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:
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’.

Shores 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 lakeofstars.org website.

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