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The 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.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.

 

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya 
April 6-28, 2017; 08:30 AM-05:30 PM
FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time
The Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth and the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, in cooperation with the National Museums of Kenya are bringing the exhibition “FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time” to Nairobi. After the celebratory opening on April 6th, a framework programme will be offering free guided tours, panel discussions, artists’ talks, lectures, concerts, film screenings, and more.
The exhibition “FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time”, which was first shown at Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth in 2016, explores visions of future emerging from Africa and its diasporas. Which concepts of future are developed in moments of uncertainty and rupture, e.g. during the First World War, or in the liberation movements? How is future represented and visualized in art and fiction? In which ways does the past resonate into the future? And how can we anticipate from a troubling present? The curatorial process itself was an extraordinary one: Contemporary artists and researchers teamed up to work on their fields of interest together, ranging from ‘middle class’ to ‘queer futures’. Through this approach, the exhibition opens up spaces for innovative dialogues and perspectives, abandoning a single interpretation. Positions generated through this collaborative process also question academic knowledge production by aesthetically complicating them.
“FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time” includes photography, installations, soundscapes, projections, text and performance. It serves as a public platform for discussing visions of future: The opening week will be framed by a programme presented by the Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Bayreuth Academy, the Iwalewahaus, the Institute of African Studies–Bayreuth, the DAAD Regional Office for Africa and the British Institute in Eastern Africa. It will intensify discussions of themes which are also reflected within the exhibition: “Middle class as fiction? Hopes, and the continuity of exclusion”, “The Future of Nature: Sustainability in the Anthropocene”, “Normalizing Mobility, Imagined Diasporas”, “Identities in Flux: Queering Futures”, and “Healing Hurts. Aesthetic and archival practices addressing traumatizing pasts”.
The Bayreuth Academy is an innovative research structure, which forms part of Bayreuth University. Since its inception in 2013, various artists and cultural producers have participated in and contributed to the work at the Bayreuth Academy, generating insights on topics such as “temporal orders”, “hope”, “utopia”, “dystopia” and “prognosis” amongst others. After the stop in Nairobi, “FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time” is traveling on to Johannesburg, South Africa, and other destinations on the African continent in 2017 and 2018, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institutes. As a process of ongoing exchange, the exhibition is changing its focus and content at each stop and will be accompanied by a programme which ‘activates’ its theme.
The artists:
Emeka Alams, Rui Assubuji, Sam Hopkins, Délio Jasse, John Kamicha, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Syowia Kyambi, Ingrid LaFleur, Kitso Lynn Lelliott, kara lynch, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Ato Malinda, Tumi Mogorosi, James Muriuki, Zohra Opoku, Abdi Osman, Simon Rittmeier, Ruth Sacks, Luís Sala, Moses Serubiri, Kae Sun, Fabio Vanin.

Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
April 13-May 30, 2017
Hope: A Story of Courage & Sacrifice
This is the story of Easter, told through a series of paintings and a collection of objects associated with Easter.
Evans Yegon, the artist whose work is on display, Works in acrylics on canvas, creating enigmatic and intense narratives.The remarkably contemporary abstract realism he applies generates a compelling and daring effect. Working his backgrounds in seemingly random strokes, Yego’s riotous disorder is a really thrilling way of making a realistic artwork additionally abstract.
The combination of Yegno’s dominant paintings with the solemn objects of Christian reverence displayed in this exhibition creates a contrasting atmosphere of outward freedom and inward reflection.
Yego was born in Bomet in Kenya in 1985 and studied fine art at Buruburu Institute of Fine Art (BIFA) in Nairobi. He is associated with Ivuka Art Centre Kigali and has exhibited his work extensively locally and internationally. His themes are mainly landscapes, portraits and religious art. He is currently based at the GoDown art centre.
The exhibition is open 8:30 AM-5:30 PM daily and Museum entry fees apply.

Alexandria, Egypt
April 20-28, 2017
3rd Alexandria International Festival for Contemporary Theatre
Organised by The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Center, this festival is a new platform on which international contemporary theatrical performances can be introduced to local Egyptian audiences. Some 15 diverse performances by artists who present innovative and highly-professional works and performances with a clear vision for interacting with society creatively through pantomime, comedy, improvisation, clowns, contemporary dance, multimedia, and interactive performances shall be presented.

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.

The Jig or the Pose? Movie practitioners at the 98th Lola Kenya Screen film forum, Nairobi, Kenya, February 27, 2017.Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
April 24, 2017; 6:00 PM
99th 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.

Watamu Triathlon 2017, by H & A Sports, shall take place on April 29, 2017.Turtle Bay Beach Hotel, Watamu, Kenya
April 29, 2017
8th H & A Watamu Triathlon
This is the first pan-African triathlon event of the year that brings together overmore than 200 local and international amateur and professional athletes of all ages for two days. The aim of the triathlon is to grow the sport, develop the local community’s economic diversity and enhance domestic tourism. Triathlon is a multiple-stage athletic sport consisting of three events, typically swimming, cycling, and running that are completed one after the other. The event is designed as an ultimate challenge.

Swim Leg
Start Mechanism: GrandPrix start
Expected tide height: 3.5m
Deepest point: approx. 15 feet
Water temperature: to be announced on race day
Expected temperature: 20-24 degrees
Triathlon wetsuits are allowed. Swimming shoes (not fins) allowed for intermediate swimmers who may wish to make stops on the course to protect from sea floor animals.
Safety measures, including patrolling Yamaha boats and kayaks will be in place during the swim leg to ensure the safety of all competitors.

Bike Leg
Sprint Distance – One lap (20km). Olympic distance- Two laps (40km)The course is mostly flat with gentle hillsThere is strong headwind one way.The bike segment will be marked orange cones, barriersThere will be partial road closure with race marshals and police support.Cyclists will turn left out of the hotel, turn one will be temple point hotel, turn two will be sailors guest house.
A water point will be setup after every 5KMWe recommend road bikes, cross bikes or MTB on high-pressure wheels (No carbon fibre or hybrid bikes).The course is draft legal and Tribars are allowed.All participants gear MUST wear a helmet whenever cycling.Participants are to mount/dismount at the designated area.

Run Course
The run segment will be a loop as follows:-
Sprint Distance – One lap (5km).
Olympic distance- Two laps (10km).
The run will have orange beacons that mark it out.
The course is 90% tarmac and 10% sand.
The 5KM run, athletes will turn left from the hotel, run up to Granchio Villas make a turn and back to turtle bay hotel.
The 10KM run, athletes will left from the hotel, run up to temple point make a turn and back to turtle bay hotel.

For more information Tel: (+254) 723 078 291 (+254) 725 844 479; E-mail: info@hnasports.co.ke, www: hnasports.co.ke.

Team Tri Fit Kenya's Triathlon and Duathlon shall be held in Ruiru on April 30, 2017.

3S Gardens, off Thika Super Highway, Ruiru, Kenya
April 30, 2017
TTF National Triathlon and Duathlon Series
Open to individuals at all levels from beginners to professionals who are interested in swimming, cycling and running.

Race Categories:

Triathlon
Individual Sprint Triathlon Distance – 750m Swim, 25KM Bike, 7Km Run
Team Relay Sprint Triathlon – 750m Swim, 25KM Bike, 7Km Run
Children 11yrs – 16yrs (500m Swim, 12KM Bike, 4Km Run

Duathlon
Individual Adult Duathlon – 7KM Run, 25KM Bike, 7KM Run
Team Relay Duathlon – 7KM Run, 25KM Bike, 7KM Run
Children Duathlon – 11yrs – 16yrs – 4KM Run, 12KM Bike, 4KM Run.

Braeburh Theatre, Gitanga Road, Nairobi, Kenya
My 2-3, 2007; 7:30 PM
A Man Like You
This is a theatre play in which a Kenya-based British diplomat is kidnapped in lawless Somalia.
Written and directed by Silvia Casinni, A Man Like You revolves around two idealistic headstrong men–Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage, and Abdi, his Somali kidnapper—who defend their worldviews in an intense exposé of extremism, politics and religion. Tickets: Sh2500 per head.

Kampala, Uganda
May 3-6, 2017
6th Doadoa: East African Performing Arts Market
This year’s market presented in partnership Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) programme that is spearheaded by East African Community. Through this new partnership Doadoa seeks to bring performing arts professionals and showcase artists from all six member states of EAC to Kampala.

Harare International Festival of Art, Harare, Zimbabwe
May 6-7, 2017
A Man Like You
This is a theatre play in which a Kenya-based British diplomat is kidnapped in lawless Somalia.
Written and directed by Silvia Casinni, A Man Like You revolves around two idealistic headstrong men–Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage, and Abdi, his Somali kidnapper—who defend their worldviews in an intense exposé of extremism, politics and religion.

Theatre in the Park, Harare, Zimbabwe
May 9-11, 2017
A Man Like You
This is a theatre play in which a Kenya-based British diplomat is kidnapped in lawless Somalia.
Written and directed by Silvia Casinni, A Man Like You revolves around two idealistic headstrong men–Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage, and Abdi, his Somali kidnapper—who defend their worldviews in an intense exposé of extremism, politics and religion.

The Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town, South Africa
May 14-20, 2017
A Man Like You
This is a theatre play in which a Kenya-based British diplomat is kidnapped in lawless Somalia.
Written and directed by Silvia Casinni, A Man Like You revolves around two idealistic headstrong men–Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage, and Abdi, his Somali kidnapper—who defend their worldviews in an intense exposé of extremism, politics and religion.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast
May 30-June 1, 2017
Discop Abidjan
Canada 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.

Annabelle Wanjiku Reeno's paintings are symbolic of the virtues of humanity; peace, love, cohesion as well as strength in body and spirit.Lagos, Nigeria
June 3, 2017
13th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony.

Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
June 7-9, 2017
19th Africa Energy Forum (AEF)
This is an annual investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors.
AEF brings together senior-level representatives from governments, utilities, regulators, power developers, financial institutions, technology providers, consultants, law firms and large energy consumers to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward.
AEF 2017 will explore the appetite for Nordic investments into Africa, as well as showcasing the technologies being utilised to manage cities cleanly and cost effectively – and the potential to transfer some of these examples to African nations.
Registration details available by e-mail to amy.offord@energynet.co.uk/.

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.

31st Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in four Gabonese cities on January 14, 2017.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.

Johhansburg, 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.

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.

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.

Kampala, 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.

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