Over 50 African artists are set to showcase at the Africa Nouveau 2019 Festival on 8th to 10th March at Ngong Race Course in Nairobi. This year, the theme of the festival is Africans and Outer World Beings.
The third edition of the art and music festival will take place in 3 days and 3 nights arts and will include activities such as music, films, Virtual Reality Gaming, visual art, art installations and fashion.
The music section will include performances from DJ Boddhi Satva, Sho Madjozi, Dj sisso & Rehema Tajiri, Franck Biyong, DJ Suraj and Nairobi Horns Project.
Art installations will be by Kenyan mixed media artists Meshack Oiro and Peter Walala and artists from the UK based Kallida festival Reuben Griffiths, Daniel McGeady, Matt Woodham and Fiona Albrow.
The Virtual Reality Games at the festival have been created by Vladimir Storm and Daniel Sproll from Germany, and Naddya Adhiambo, Salim Busuru, David Waweru Kamunyu and Evans Busuru from Kenya, with music by Suraj Mandavia.
The festivals will screen 5 science fiction films and virtual reality films by African filmmakers.
Curated by Design Studio 5, the films will explore the ideas of identity and outer worldly beings/ideas beginning. The festival’s own experimental short film Outer World which centres around two humans who receive a visit from an ancient outer world being, that has returned to communicate with them in an effort to help them remember their cultural history, wealth and knowledge. Outer World is written by Wanuri Kahiu, directed by Laurent Gaillardon and stars two Joyce Maina and Nick Ndenda.
Africa Nouveau is an annual arts and music festival congregating creators, curators and fans of African cool from Africa and its diaspora. It was founded in 2015 as an offshoot of Blankets and Wine and has held events in 2015 and 2018.