Another great event this year celebrating African creativity and innovation! The annual Africa Gathering conference returns to London this Friday with the theme Festival of Technologies: "Start it, Build It".
Set to explore start-up cultures across Africa and to showcase some of the great start-up ideas that have emerged recently on the continent. The event will incubate new ideas and perspectives regarding technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa and show how Africans are imagining and creating solutions that are changing and improving our lives.
The one-day programme will include:
- Keynotes and hands-on presentation from a heavy list of speakers including Africa's Hub managers, Apps4Africa winners, Google UK, Indigo Trust, Thomson Reuters and the World Bank
- 3 workshops and breakout think groups including one titled "Africa’s Start Up Future (Who is starting and building it in Africa?)".
It's not too late to register online or via contacting info[at]africathering.org or julani[at]africathering.org (replace [at] with @).
Thomson Reuters Foundation, London
9am – 6:30pm
Here's Africa Gathering Founder Mariéme Jamme discussing last year's event
AG London – Mariéme Jamme from Africa Gathering on Vimeo.
The Southbank Centre annual Women of the World (WOW) Festival starts tomorrow and it’s set to be a really great experience. Celebrating the formidable strength and inventiveness of women, it will feature music performances, films, comedy, theatre, poetry, as well as a three-day conference dealing with debates, talks, workshops, networking and mentoring opportunities.
Continue reading “Top picks for the Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Southbank Centre, London”
The anticipated Maker Faire Africa takes place this Friday and Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya.
The programme sounds exciting with Solar Makers, Crafting Peace and Business 101 workshops, along with Show & Tell sessions, live matching as well as an exhibit and unconference that run throughout both of the days. The ethos of the event is captured well in the following excerpt from the program:
"The spirit of Making is all about breaking things apart to better undertand them (and build something even more useful), so that’s what we want you to do with our faire: make it what you need."
Can't make it to Nairobi this week? You can still help Match a Maker and give inventors an opportunity to take their work to the next level.
Be sure to check out this interview with the Maker Faire Africa founder, Emeka Okafor. Maker Faire Africa aims to question: “How do we regain our creativity? How do we redefine what we mean by a society that is advanced?”
Indeed that's the kind of interrogation Afri-love exists to champion: how do we use our unique gifts to chart our own paths, appropriate to our unique needs and aspirations?
Images above by Erik Hersman (aka @whiteafrican) except for the fan image which is courtesy of Maneno.org. For more pictures, check out Maker Faire Africa on Flickr.
At the successful 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture, held last year in Johannesburg, with 40% of the speakers being African, African Colours is encouraging African keynote speakers, panellists and presenters of case studies to participate in the next Summit.
The theme of the 5th Summit is Creative Intersections and it will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 3-6 October 2011. Speaker proposals are due on Friday 10th September 2010. For more information, visit www.artsummit.org.
African Colours is also inviting African Cultural Policy Experts to register with the Connect-CP Database. The database links cultural policy experts and identifies experts for conferences and paid consultancy work. There are currently about 800 profiles from around the world, including 65 from Africa. To register, visit www.connectcp.org
Next week, the Bamako Symposium on the Arts:Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century, will be taking place at the University of Mali, Bamako.
With the practical acts [workshops, exhibitions, performances and other artistic interventions] and theoretical presentations we aim to promote critical dialogues on the best practices around the world on how the arts as resource feed civilizations in hope that we will generate new initiatives to boost human capital development in Mali in the 21st century. Interestingly, the symposium coincides with the celebration of the fifty year of independence of Mali.
We define the arts broadly to include visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, design, new media/film production, arts history, arts criticism, arts education, arts administration and curatorship, and emerging others. We expect about 200 participants from around the world. The working language of the conference will be French and English.
Any lucky attendees, please share how it goes!
Check out the Nka foundation who are behind the event. "Human capital development through focus on the arts." Now that's what I'm talking about!