Festival of art dubbed the Africa Nouveau is all set for February with some of Kenya’s most progressive artists headlining the event.

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The first edition took place in 2016 and now the Africa Nouveau Festival is back for another art-filled weekend. This year’s edition will be held at the Ngong Racecourse Waterfront between 2nd and 4th of February.

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The one-of-a-kind event attracts over 20 music acts, numerous fashion designers, visual and digital artists, foodies and filmmakers from all over Africa and beyond. Some of the acts for this year’s festival include Muthoni the Drummer Queen, Blinky Bill, Emma Cheruto, DJ Suraj, Phy, Taio, Kwesta (South Africa), DJ Kampire (Uganda), DJ Marfox (São Tomé and Príncipe) and Wanja Wahoro.

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Just a band perform at the festival in 2015

The festival’s 2018 theme is ‘AfroBubblegum’, to show that African music, film, fashion and art can be created simply for the joy of it. They chose the theme because it is derived from “a growing consciousness among African creatives that their output needs not be about the expected themes such as hunger, AIDS or war.  African creatives are interested in creating works free from prejudice and expectation, with the driving force being of personal expression and global connection.”

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This year’s event promises to “expand your imagination by introducing you to the most progressive” African artists.

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Africa Nouveau will showcase innovative new art by East Africa and British talent, thanks to its partnership with the British Council’s East Africa Arts Program which seeks to connect new audiences to new art across East Africa. During this year’s festival, the East Africa Arts program will be sharing all the pictures and happenings from the festival on their Instagram page and stories.

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This year only marks the 2nd edition, as last year’s was postponed due to political unrest. However, if the line-up is anything to go by, it will be an event to remember. For tickets and more info, visit www.africanouveau.com



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