Africa Nouveau is a 3-day, 3-night festival where out-of-the-box creators, curators and fans meet to celebrate music, fashion and art. The annual event has seen tremendous growth throughout the years and this year will be no exception. In fact, it promises to be “out of this world”.
Gong down on the 8th-10th March at Ngong Racecourse, the 3rd Edition of Africa Nouveau strives to showcase Africa’s talent through this platform. Specifically, it boasts of a diverse line-up performance and displays attracting artists from all over the continent. This year, there will be 25 performances from 8 countries. Some of the performing artists include Karun, H_art The Band, Sho Madjozi from Senegal, Bengatronics, Nairobi Horns Project and Suraj. At the event, you can marvel over different cultures across Africa as you enjoy some beautiful sounds.
This year’s theme is Africa and The Outer World Beings which taps into the growing Afrofuturism trend. Africa’s connection to outer space is evident through ancient drawings, architecture and folk tales. For instance, a legendary tale says that an architect designed the three pyramids of Giza in Egypt to resemble Orion’s Belt. Additionally, many folk tales in Africa reference mythical creatures from “the sky”. Ancient Africans recognized their connection to the outer world and translated this into their art. The same has been carried from generation to generation until the present where Africans continue to explore the universe.
You can expect an other-worldly venue design. Thanks to the phenomenal mixed media artists Meshack Oiro and Peter Malala, the venue will be transformed into a utopic arena. They also collaborated with students from the University of Nairobi Architecture school and artists from the UK based Kalida Festival. Judging from last year’s design, there’s no doubt about it.
Attendees of the Africa Nouveau Festival will also be treated to other entertainments. Black Rhino VR will provide an opportunity for game lovers and aspiring developers to experience virtual reality gaming. Additionally, they have collaborated with both local and international game developers to create two 8-minute long games which they’ll be showcasing.
Finally, the film industry will screen sci-fi and virtual reality films featuring African filmmakers. One of the notable films includes a special screening of “Other Worldly” written by award-winning Wanuri Kahiu and based on this year’s festival theme. It also features renowned actors like Joyce Maina and Nick Ndeda.
The Africa Nouveau has received tremendous support from various corporates. This includes the Goethe Institute, The French Embassy, Homboyz Radio and the British Council to ensure its success. You can look forward to a fun-packed weekend interacting with Africa’s art scene. Additionally, the event organizers announced that it will be a cashless environment. This is to embrace more futuristic technology. Attendees will use a pre-loaded wristband for any purchases.
The tickets go for;
Advance Festival Pass – Ksh. 4,500
Friday Pass – Ksh. 2,000
Saturday Pass – Ksh. 4,000
Sunday Pass – Ksh. 4,000
Gate Festival Pass – Ksh. 5,500
Certainly, Africa Nouveau festival offers a chance to interact with different kinds of African art. It is, therefore, a must-attend for art enthusiasts. To purchase tickets, go over to their official website or get it on Mookh. Don’t miss out on this wonderful experience.
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