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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The Nairobi Gallery (Old PC’s House), Nairobi, Kenya
October 1-December 15, 2017
Nigerian Festival in Nairobi
Presenting a rare and historic display of Nigerian Contemporary Art and Culture.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
October 1-November 31, 2017
Nigerian Festival in Nairobi
Presenting a rare and historic display of Nigerian Contemporary Art and Culture.

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Artists Michael Soi, Thom Ogonga and Martin Onyis take a look at the subject in Nairobi from courtship, to perceived independence, and from sex as a tool of uplifting one’s economic status to sex relations in general.Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya
November 6-12, 2017
Sex and the City III
In this exhibition, Michael Soi, Thom Ogonga and Martin Onyis take a look at the subject in Nairobi from courtship, to perceived independence, and from sex as a tool of uplifting one’s economic status to sex relations in general.
The exhibition explores the burgeoning local sex tools and body-enhancement industry and the place of moral institutions in all of these.

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.

Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
November 9-30, 2018
Demigods and the Demagogues
An art exhibition by Moses Nyawanda
“At the moment, my medium of choice is oils. Over the years, I have developed a style of painting where l use a palette knife to produce layers and layers of paint so the work ends up looking like it was done with pastels,” Nyawanda says. “I’m currently working with vibrant yet earthy colours with subjects of people or animals. The themes I’m exploring are the interactions between people or animals as they are put into stories or situations. These storylines are usually informed by current events or personal experiences, some true, some imaginary, others fiction. I’ve investigated dating, relationships between people, sexuality, generational divides, divergent opinions, politics, corruption, love, technology and fear. These have been done in series.”

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.

Nigerian Arts and Culture runs at National Gallery, Alliance Francaise and Nairobi National Museum.National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
November 10-12, 2017
CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference
This event of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) looks at The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society: given the rising sentiments of populist nationalism that we are witnessing around the world, and extending from the focus on the conference in Barcelona (The Museum and Its Responsibilities), it is imperative that we re-evaluate and re-examine the roles of museums, their public functions and how they respond.
The conference also provides a forum for discussion about current museological and curatorial concerns with a special focus on Southeast Asia. The program is designed to provide delegates with a more proactive experience for networking as well as tours to provide insight into the artistic, historical and socio-political contexts of Singapore.

Main Atrium, Galleria Shopping Mall, Lang’ata, Nairobi, Kenya
November 14-19, 2017
Cultural Stop-overs Kenya
This is an art exhibition by artists Moses Nyawanda from Kenya and Santos Arzu Quioto from Honduras.

Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
November 15-17, 2017
International Film Convention.

Lamu, Lamu Island, Kenya
November 16-19, 2017
Lamu Cultural Festival.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
November 22-December 15, 2017
Akseli Galen-Kallela Returns to Kenya
Gallen-Kallela Museum and the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi are producing this exhibition that is based on reproduced materials, paintings and photographs of Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s trip and the art it inspired to commemorate 100 years of Finnish independence.

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

Veronicah Wanjiku, an actress, speaks during the 101st Lola Kenya Scairobi, Kenya.Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
November 27, 2017
102nd 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.

Hemingways Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
November 30, 2017; 6:00-10:00 PM
Kenya Wildlife Trust 10th Anniversary Fundraising Cocktail Party
cocktails, bitings, live music, auction, raffles!
All funds raised on the night will support our 3 pillars – Predator Conservation, Community Development and Conservation Education. Tickets: Sh3000 per head.

Sarit Centre, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
December 1-3, 2017
2nd KARA Business Expo & Conference
Held on the theme ‘Enhancing the quality of urban life through resident associations’, this expo is expected to bring together exhibitors from Government, private sector, civil society, academia among others, to showcase their products, services and capacity to serve the market. The participating sponsors, partners and exhibitors will have an opportunity to meet and interact with thousands of exhibition visitors and conference participants drawn from Resident Associations, business associations, institutions of higher learning, civil society and the general public with the possibility of expanding their networks, sealing deals and broadening their clientele base.
A Conference featuring distinguished speakers on urban development agenda shall run concurrently. The conference will provide an opportunity for various stakeholders to have a conversation on urban development and how it can be nurtured and streamlined to enhance quality of life in Kenya.
The highlight of the event will be the debut Annual Resident Associations Excellence Awards (AREA). The awards, which is the first of its kind, is designed to reward Resident Associations that have demonstrated exemplary performance in promoting sustainable development and access to better public services in Kenya. AREA addresses the twin issue of celebrating the work of Resident Associations in Kenya and rewarding those that have done exceptionally well in influencing provision of better services and championing the interests of their members.

National Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
December 1-3, 2017
10th Swahili Fashion Week
Swahili Fashion Week & Awards provides a platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and beyond to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clients and international fashion industry.

Stone 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.”

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.

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’.

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