The 2012 Film Africa Festival: Let’s Talk About Sex!

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This year's Film Africa festival starts this Thursday and carries on for 10 days of 70 African films, 35 leading filmmakers offering Q&As, free professional workshops, and 9 African music nights. I'm really excited for this rare (and intense given the short timespan) opportunity to see so many African films that I may otherwise never have heard of. Asilia has been working with the festival team once again, to produce the print and digital communications materials so I've been looking at the great selection of films for a while now, trying to shorten my must-see list (hard!). One thing I've noticed is the number of films this year that in some way deal with sex.

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The 10th London African Music Festival is still underway

The 10th London African Music Festival began on Friday 14th September and if you haven't yet had a chance to check out any of the performances, you still have time. The following shows are taking place between now and the festival close on Saturday 29th September:

TONIGHT: SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER | 7.30pm 
 

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Africa- and Diaspora-related events in the UK this Summer

It's not all about the Olympics this Summer in the UK. There are a multitude of arts, culture and entertainment events going on throughout the country over the next few months, including some exciting Africa- and Diaspora-related ones that you may want to check out.

I'll be updating this post weekly as I discover suitable additions to the list. If you know of any I haven't yet included, please do drop me a line.

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2 JUNE – 16 SEPTEMBER

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Africa- and Diaspora-related events this November

November's already here. A reminder that the year is almost through but, before we get ready to welcome in 2012, there are TONS of exciting events to attend. Here are just a few. They're very London-centric so I'd love to hear about all the interesting things going on in your corner of the globe – please share.

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TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Launch of Afriapps book: African Apps in a Global Marketplace
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You might remember Andrew Mugoya's guest posts about African apps ("5 Reasons why Ghana is the next African app powerhouse", "Learning from the Success of Nollywood"). Today, Andrew launches an ebook on the subject that is free to download for a limited period. Get it while it's hot!

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THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER

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The faces of African film: Film Africa 2011

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Fusion Deli, Adorned

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If you were following the preparations I was making to exhibit some work at the Didsbury Arts Festival, above are some pictures of the results! View more over on Flickr. If you're in Manchester some time before the end of this Saturday, pay Fusion Deli a visit to see the work in the flesh. If you're interested in purchasing any prints, bags or aprons, you can do so over on Etsy.

If you missed last week's posts, here they are:

Choice Afri-love picks at the Didsbury Arts Festival

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As well as looking forward to exhibiting at the Didsbury Arts Festival, I'm really looking forward to a good lineup of events. The following ones are inked in my diary:

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Visit to ?Choices!: The 2011 African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival

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The week's art theme continues …

I made it to the AACDD exhibit at the Bargehouse, last week. With African and African-Caribbean artists representing several art and design disciplines (however video and animation were noticeably absent), it's definitely worth a visit. The show is open until the 25th so you still have some time. Visit the Afri-love Facebook page to see more of the pieces that especially caught my eye.

Photos taken on my phone (i.e. they do not do the work justice), with permission of the AACDD. 
Top: A beautiful installation inspired by Ethiopian and Eritrean coffee ceremonies – 'Derdja', by Jonathan Hagos
Mid left: Table by Yinka Ilori
Mid right: Dovetail stool by Taslim Martin
Bottom left: By Berjo Mouanga
Bottom right: (if anyone has the name of the artist, please let me know)

Adorned at the Didsbury Arts Festival

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The annual, multi-disciplinary Didsbury Arts Festival is just around the corner and I've been busy preparing my contribution. Once again, I'll be taking part in "Art Over the Counter", where I'll be partnering with a local business whose premises will host my work. You might remember my Female Relations paintings from last year. This time, I'll be  staging a display of prints, wearables and random hanging things at Fusion Deli.

The exhibition starts this Saturday and every day this week, I'll be sharing with you the inspiration for my exhibit, Adorned, as well as the process of getting everything ready.