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Kampala Showcases Theatre as Nairobi Auctions Art

Running at Nairobi National Museum October 25-November 4, 2017 is the 8th annual Kenya Arts Diary and Exhibition.

By Iminza Keboge Published November 1, 2017 Emerging and established African and international playwrights are expected to gather in Uganda for the 4th annual Kampala International Theatre Festival during the last week of November. Scheduled for November 22-26, the event shall showcase live theatre performance at at The Square on Third Street, Industrial Area, Kampala. Tickets, that shall be sold at the door, shall cost USh50000 (full-festival pass); USh20000 (day pass) and USh10000 (students). Back in Nairobi, the annual fundraising art auction known as The Affordable Art Show shall be back at Nairobi National Museum’s Courtyard November 3-5. RELATED:National Museums Launches Artist-in-Focus Project Kenya Museum Society, the organisers of the event, say The Affordable Art Show shall kick off with an opening party in the evening of November 3 and everyone, including artists, shall pay a Sh500 entry fee to attend the event. However art lovers shall not pay any entry fee during the next two days that shall run 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Among the activities lined up to complement The Affordable Art Show, besides Viewing and buying of Art, are Art Appreciation talks, a guided Art tour and children’s activities. RELATED:Only New Agrarian Systems and Mechanisation Can Make Africa Food Secure Also running at Nairobi National Museum October 25-November 4 is the 8th annual Kenya Arts Diary and Exhibition. Selected artwork, some of which is featured in the 2018 edition of the Kenya Arts Diary, is on exhibition for sale. The exhibition ends on November 4 with the official Kenya Arts Diary launch. Entrance to the launch is free but by invitation. RELATED: African Arts & Entertainment Diary

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National Museums Launches Artist-in-Focus Project

Giving Water, a Rosemary Karuga collage done by sticking old newspaper and magazine cuttings together is on display at Nairobi National Museum

By Khalifa Hemed Published October 23, 2017 National Museums of Kenya (NMK) launched a project through which it will display and promote the work of artists in its permanent art collection. “Each month, on a dedicated display board we shall feature one artist from the National Museums of Kenya permanent art collection at Nairobi National Museum,” NMK says in a statement to the media. The initiative has kicked off in October 2017 with the work of Rosemary Namuli Karuga who NMK describes as “a renowned sculptor and collagist.” On show is ‘Giving Water’, a large collage done in the Rosemary Karuga signature technique of sticking old newspaper and magazine cuttings together and a rare clay sculpture of a hen and chicks. RELATED:Nairobi Feasts on Nigerian Arts and Lifestyle Rosemary Namuli Karuga, the museum says, was born in Meru in 1928 of a Ugandan father and Kenyan mother and had her early education in both Uganda and Kenya before studying in the Faculty of Fine Art of Makerere University in Kampala between 1950 and 1952. She is reported to have taught art for about 40 years before she retired and became a full time artist. NMK says Magdalene Odundo, a world-famous ceramist recently appointed Chancellor of the University of Creative Arts in Farnham in Britain, once studied under Karuga. RELATED:Pay TV Company Marks 20 Years With Investment in Local Productions “As a full time artist Karuga exhibited around the world alongside famed African artists such as El Anatsui, Bruce Onabrekpeya and Ablade Glover,” NMK says. In 2006 Karuga became the first ever East African woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, which is an accolade presented to Africans in Ireland for their achievements and contributions to Irish society. RELATED:Africa Requires Technology-Based Education System Karuga’s work is found in the collections of …

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Nairobi Holds Children’s Art Appreciation and Afro-Electronic Music Shows

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By Iminza Keboge Published August 27, 2017 An afro-electronic French-Ghanaian duo is set to perform at Nairobi’s Alliance Francaise (AF) at the end of August. Preceding the duo that comprises DJ BBRAVE and music producer GAFACCI on August 30, 2017 in the central business district of Nairobi shall be a collection of Kenyan DJs who shall be expected to give music lovers a taste of their versatile creativity and performance skills. The Showcase Wednesday event, AF says, provides a small intimate setting for singers, musicians, music and poetry collaborations to get exposure and build audiences. RELATED:Nairobi National Museum Displays ‘Most Amazing Art’ Meanwhile, the Kenya Museum Society (KMS) is inviting artists to submit their work to its annual fund-raising event scheduled for October 27-29, 2017. Describing the event as ‘the largest juried art show in East Africa,’ KMS, that supports the National Museums of Kenya, requests members of the public who know any artist who would be interested in the event to apply for consideration. Such artists are requested to send their name, phone and email contacts and stating the type of work they would like to submit (painting, sculpture, photography or mixed media) to info@kenyamuseumsociety.org for consideration. RELATED:Here is How to Get Value Out of the Arts The three-day KMS Affordable Art Show shall be held at Nairobi National Museum between Friday and Sunday. While the opening party on Friday evening is expected to give art lovers the chance to view and buy art while enjoying drinks and music and attracts a Sh500 entry fee, Saturday and Sunday are set aside exclusively for viewing, appreciating and buying art from morning to evening. There is no gate charge and KMS says it shall even have a children’s art appreciation event. All proceeds from the event, KMS says, will be used …

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Nairobi Celebrates Art, Film, Heritage and Self Expression

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By Irene Gaitirira Published May 13, 2017 Despite rising inflation and mounting anxiety over impending general election in Kenya, the arts and entertainment calendar for May remains packed as attested to by African Arts & Entertainment Diary that is updated around the clock. Running at Nairobi National Museum the whole of May 13 is the 5th Nairobi International Cultural Festival on the theme ‘Celebrating Cultural Diversity’. This single day event brings together participants from all walks of life around the world to celebrate diversity in Art, Cuisine, Music, Dance, Handicrafts and Fashion. RELATED:African Arts & Entertainment Diary Coming hot on the heels of the cultural festival at Kenya’s house of culture and heritage are two art shows. The first exhibition, that runs through May 30, 2017 in the Temporary Gallery, is a display in text and images by Patrick Abungu and Okoko Ashikoye and it looks at the abolition of slave trade in East Africa and its legacy on contemporary Kenyan society of slave descent. The second show, in the Creativity Gallery, runs through June 30 and is by Michael Soi, Patrick Mukabi and Joseph Bertiers who are described as artists who do not flinch from controversial issues.And true to the description, their exhibition is titled Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. Both exhibitions are aimed at celebrating the International Museum Day on May 18, 2017. RELATED:Nairobi’s Premier Critical Movie Platform Celebrates Youth Creativity Not to be forgotten are other art shows that have been running at Nairobi National Museum and Nairobi Gallery since April 2017. While the former, titled Hope: A Story of Courage & Sacrifice, ends on May 30, Transitions, the latter, ends on June 30. You can read more about them in the African Arts & Entertainment Diary of ArtMatters.Info. This paves way for the 26th …

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Lola Kenya Screen Inspires Me to Focus on Bigger Things

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By Didier Winston Haguma, 15, Kigali, Rwanda I was honoured to be among the three children selected from Rwanda to join others from the East African Community countries—Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda—to train in a filmmaking workshop offered by Lola Kenya Screen in Nairobi. RELATED: A Journey to Remember On landing in Nairobi, Ogova Ondego, director of Lola Kenya Screen, was at at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to receive us. He welcomed us and took us to a lovely hotel in the centre of the city called Nairobi Safari Club. One of our very first assignment as part of our training in filmmaking was a tour of Nairobi National Museum whose massive size was quite astonishing. It is beautifully decorated with artistic photos; the wildlife of Kenya is very wonderful and people of Kenya should conserve it because it is a treasure. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen 2014 an Exciting Adventure At the museum, i learnt that the order of display of artistic photos is so attractive to visitors and depicts the true cultural background of Kenya, and it adds value to the tourism. I wish to visit my home national museum and share with them the best experience learnt from Nairobi National Museum. RELATED: Our Skills-Development Programme in Creative Entrepreneurship Marks 10th Year! I also learnt of the bad historical periods of slave trade and colonialism which the people of Kenya went through. I observed that slave trade was facilitated by the railway line from the Kenyan Indian Ocean port of Mombasa to Uganda which was used to transport slaves and other goods from to the outside world. My tour of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was equally very interesting and inspiring, People at KBC introduced me to things like how news is prepared, how lights are turned on and balanced …

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