African Arts & Entertainment Diary

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Nairobi International Cltural Festival celebrates diversityGoethe-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.

Tamambo Karen Blixen, Nairobi, Kenya
Every Friday
Jazz it Up with the Calabash Band Live.

Wildlife Sculpture with Terry MathewsCreativity 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, Yegon’s riotous disorder is a really thrilling way of making a realistic artwork additionally abstract.
The combination of Yegon’s dominant paintings with the solemn objects of Christian reverence displayed in this exhibition creates a contrasting atmosphere of outward freedom and inward reflection.
Yegon 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.

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.

Red Hill Art Gallery
April 25-May 21, 2017
Be-Com-Ing’, an art exhibition with Onyis Martin.

One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
April 29-May 23, 2017
Black Tie Affair by Anthony Okello.

Que Pasa, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
May 2-16, 2017
Kathy Katuti Art Exhibition.

Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya
May 10-28, 2017
Everyday Africa Book Launch and Photo Exhibition.

Jazz it Up with the Calabash Band at Tamambo Karen BlixenNairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
May 13, 2017; 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Nairobi International Cultural Festival
Held on the theme ‘Celebrating Cultural Diversity’, this 5th Nairobi International Cultural Festival brings together participants from all over the world to celebrate diversity in Cuisine, Music, Dance, Handicrafts and Fashion.Entry is Free.

Patrick Abungu and Okoko Ashikoye look at the abolition of slavery in East Africa and its legacy on contemporary Kenyan society of slave descent.Grogan Macmillan Manor House, Tamambo Karen Blixen, Nairobi, Kenya
May 13-18, 2017; 9:30AM-5:30PM
55 Years Of Sculpture with Terry Mathews.

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.

26th European Film Festival to be held at Alliance Francaise and Nairobi National MuseumAlliance Française Auditorium, Nairobi, Kenya
May 15-21, 2017;5:30-7:30 PM (weekdays) & 3:00, 5:30 & 7:30 PM (weekend)
European Film Festival
The 2017 European Film Festival is being coordinated by the European Union Delegation to Kenya.
The Festival shall take place at the Alliance Française from 15 to 21 May and then move to the Nairobi National Museum from 22 to 24 May.
Entry is free and all films are in English or with English subtitles.

Alliance Française Terrace, Nairobi, Kenya
May 17, 2017
Showcase Wednesday
with Checkmate Mido
Checkmate Mido is a human beatbox, poet, musician and actor, known for his thought-provoking poems and for
incorporating beatboxing into his performances.
The master beatboxer, whose sound is infused with rap verses and acoustic guitar rhythms, emerged on the Kenyan art
scene in 2010. He released his first five-track EP, Box of Beats, last year. He will be performing with the
guitarist Kevin Munyi.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
May 18-June 30, 2017
Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums
Two exhibitions celebrating International Museum Day Open to public at 11:00 AM.
The first, that runs through May 30, 2017 in the Creativity Gallery, is described as an exhibition by artists who do not flinch from controversial issues; these are Michael Soi, Patrick Mukabi Joseph Bertiers.
Running in the Temporary Gallery is a show in text and images by Patrick Abungu and Okoko Ashikoye.It tackles the abolition of slavery in East Africa and its legacy on contemporary Kenyan society of slave descent.

Alliance Francaise presents Showcase Wednesday with MidoAbidjan, 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.

Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
June 26, 2017; 6:00 PM
100th 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.

International Museum Day 2017 to celebrate Unity in Diversity.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.

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.

Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee GardenJohannesburg, 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.

Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival of Scotland logoEdinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
October 27-November 5, 2017
12th Africa in Motion (AiM)
Set in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aim aims to promote the excellence of African cinema to Scottish audiences, and overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African films within British film-going culture.

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.

UNESCO's  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.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.

Michael Soi, Patrick Mukabi and Joseph Bertiers are artists who do not flinch from controversial issuesKampala, 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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