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Kampala Contemporary Art Festival, Oct. 4-31 2014 @ Kampala Railway Station & 28 Locations Across the City

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KLA ART 014, Kampala Contemporary Art Festival
Theme: “Unmapped” Who are the unheard voices of our cities?

Dates: 4th – 31st October 2014
Venue: Kampala Railway Station & 28 Locations Across the City
For the month of October, thirty artists from Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Congo and Rwanda will unveil
new artworks across Kampala.

The festival will see the reopening of Kampala’s Railway Station to the public for an exhibition that will feature the work of ten artists, showcasing their interpretation of the “Unmapped”.

“The bicycle knife sharpener; the express fashion designer; the mobile nail salon: they fill every corner of the city. ‘Unmapped’ will attempt to artistically showcase how people from every stratum of society adapt creatively to survive” Violet Nantume, Curatorial Committee, KLA ART 014

Five Ugandan curators, working with renowned South African curator Gabi Ngcobo, have selected the artists, who include Helen Nabukenya; a visual artist from Uganda who uses discarded fabric to create vast tapestries depicting the overlooked, the forgotten and the rejected. From Kenya, Dennis Muraguri explores the matatu; presenting it, not only as a transport tool, but also as a space for intriguing gossip and communication.

Reaching out directly to the public, twenty boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) will be turned into artworks, ‘mapping’ Kampala, by forming temporary exhibition spaces in pre–‐‑selected locations across the capital. Ugandan artist Kizito Mbuga will transform a boda boda into a travelling cinema; whilst Ogwang Jimmy John will turn another into an interactive recording studio, which maps the ‘unheard’ musicians of the city. The mobile exhibition will attract new audiences from every corner of Kampala, from the iconic Independence Monument to bustling Ggaba market on the shores of Lake Victoria.

“Building on the success of the festival in 2012, KLA ART 014 offers a platform to showcase new and emerging ideas by contemporary Ugandan artists. KLA ART is a two–‐‑year process of thought, production and experimentation resulting in a unique festival, which directly links artists, artworks and audiences” Rocca Gutteridge, Project Director, KLA ART 014

“Umeme has partnered with KLA ART 014 to celebrate and support art as a driver of community togetherness, self-development and cultural diversity” Core Supporting Partner, Umeme (Energy distribution company, Uganda)

For more information visit http://klaart.org/

October 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

First 30 Days of Halloween, Oct. 13 – Nov. 12 2014 @ Nairobi Art Centre

First 30 Days of Halloween

Find more info. on their Facebook Page

October 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Weekend Getaways: Shoulder Season, Oct. 1 – Dec. 22 2014 @ Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp

Serena Hotels Lake Elmenteita Camp | Photo by Njathika

Serena Hotel’s Lake Elmenteita Camp | Photo by Njathika


Shoulder Season Dates: October 1 – December 22, 2014
Venue: Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
E.A Residents Rates*: Double KES 31,000, Single KES 19,000 and Suite KES 46,000
Day and night game drives to Soysambu conservancy are available at KES 4500 and KES 6700 respectively.
For reservation and or for more info: cro@serenahotels.co.ke, +254 20 2842000

Rates include: Full board accommodation, Soysambu conservancy fees, mineral water and all soft drinks with meals

About
Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is an exclusive and up market camp. Evocatively styled to echo Syosambu’s rich history, the camp combines the magnificent accessories of a bygone era with unadulterated luxury and an enticing range of activities. Idyllically set among golden barked acacias with breath taking views across the sapphire blue lake to a backdrop of ancient volcanoes, it is an easy 2 hours’ drive from Nairobi.

A game drive through the conservancy is one of the must do things while at the camp. Some of the wild animals that are found in the conservancy are zebras, buffaloes, black rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs. Leopards and tree climbing lions have been spotted most recently at the conservancy.

It is also advised you carry a pair of binoculars so that you can be able to spot different bird species that are found in and around the camp.

Website: http://www.serenahotels.com
Blog: http://www.theserenaexperience.com/

October 7, 2014 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

Argentine Family Sharing their Travel Experiences: Zapping Around the World, Oct. 2 2014 @ Italian Institute of Culture

Zapping around the world
Come and listen to the incredible experiences of the Zapp family who are fulfilling their dream of travelling around the world. They are doing it in style aboard a beautiful original wooden spokes 1928 Graham –Paige car. Their four kids were born along the way!

Date: October 2, 2014
Venue: Italian Institute of Culture, Grenadier Tower – 6th Floor
Time: 6.30 pm
Free entry

The Zapp family has had 14 wonderful years of this lifestyle full of challenges that they would like to share with you with pictures and video. They will also have their book on sale Spark your Dream which you can buy have it signed.

Visit www.sparkyourdream.net for more information.

September 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Sunday Salon New York City – Nairobi – Chicago, Jun. 29 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

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Date: Sunday, June 29 2014
Venue: Kwani Trust Office – Chiromo
Time: 3 pm
Entry: Free

Join Kwani? Trust for a special edition of Sunday Salon featuring writers from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Is it prize season, you ask? Yes it is!

Winner of Kwani Trust’s Manuscript Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Jennifer Makumbi, reads from her just-launched novel, Kintu, published by Kwani?

The Shortlisted Writers of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature – Yewande Omotoso, author of Bom Boy, Karen Jennings, author of Finding Soutbek and the overall winner, NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names, read from their work.

Kwani? Trust sends off the two Kenyan writers shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014; Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor, with readings from their nominated stories ahead of the announcement of the overall winner in Oxford in July.

Live music by KIU

Find more info here

June 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm 2 comments

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival showcasing Kenya’s Folk Life, Jun. 25-29 & Jul. 2-9 2014 in Washington DC

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Theme: Kenya Mambo Poa

Dates: June 25-29 & July 2-9 2014
Location: Washington DC

A wide array of indigenous Kenyan cultural practices will be on display accompanied by exhibition curated by Kenyan artists from all walks of life.

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For more info visit http://www.festival.si.edu/2014/Kenya/

Also check out the festival’s Facebook Page

A partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the Government of Kenya Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.

June 16, 2014 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

2nd Edition of Koroga Festival feat. Baaba Maal from Senegal, Jun. 15 2014 @ Arboretum Gardens

Kuroga Festival
Date: Sunday June 15, 2014
Venue: Arboretum Gardens
Time: 12 noon to 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 2000 at the Door. Entry is free for children under 12 years.

Performing artistes include Eric Wainaina, Aaron Rimbui, Chris Adwar and The Villagers.
Special guest Baaba Maal from Senegal.

June 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm 2 comments

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