Brought to you by the creators of Blankets and Wine—Africa Nouveau Festival described as “The future of festivals on the continent” by Okayafrica, is back for its 2nd edition with a fascinating weekend set up away from Nairobi between November 10th and 12th 2017 at Small World country club Athi River.
Themed "Afrobubblegum" Africa Nouveau will once again be 2-day curation of music, film, fashion, design, art+tech, food and style. Key to making Africa Nouveau work are its core partners that include the 'British Council’s East Africa Arts' programs that seeks to create skill share and networking opportunities between the creative community in the UK and East African with an intended outcome being the creation of new work for new audiences.
The creative director of Africa Nouveau, Muthoni Ndonga, says, “British Council is an instrumental partner in making the general festival experience come together, and very specifically, enabling the special focus on the fashion component and programming this year,” adding, “we are also pleased to have been put in a peer-to-peer learning environment with a festival in the UK, and together, we are working on a long term relationship to increase collaborations between UK and East African festival professionals. Finally, we look forward to the skill transfer between Kenyan, Ugandan and UK journalists covering arts and culture also fostered by the British Council.”
The past event held in 2015 featured an impressive lineup of artists including Boddhi Satva, South African collective Fantasma, the Ghanaian artsy songstress Jojo Abot and Nairobi’s very own Muthoni the Drummer Queen and Just A Band.
Unlike its past edition hosted in Nairobi, this year’s festival will be tucked away from the hustle of the city. Muthoni talks on why the festival’s management picked Athi River. “We want to be among the hills and the sky and the earth. We want to be in our true nature and escape the man-made cities and their mania.” The festival is yet to announce their lineup. Judging from their new partnerships, we expect to see some stellar acts from around the East African region. Can't wait!
For more: www.AfricaNouveau.com