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Described as"The future of festivals on the continent" by Okayafrica, The Africa Nouveau Festival is back for its 2017 edition.

This year's theme is #Afrobubblegum -derived from a growing consciousness among African creatives that their output need not be about hunger/starvation/AIDS/War and other themes often expected from African creative work. African creatives are interested in creating works free from prejudice and expectation, with the driving force being personal expression and global connection. This year's installation is supported by the 'British Council's East Africa Arts' Programme, Planning Systems, Ofgen Solar and Goethe-Institut.

Brought to you by the creators of Blankets and Wine—the renowned picnic-style East African hit festival, Africa Nouveau prides itself in its 2-day compilation and activities that encompass music, food, art and style. The past event featured an impress 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.

The 2-day/2-night festival will take place in Athi River at Small World Country Club from the 10th to the 12th November. The event aims to bring together curators and creators from across Africa to Kenya. Highlighting unique facets of Music, Culi'N'Art, Fashion and Film, Africa Nouveau – 2017 is out to impress and expand beyond its current legacy. Festival goers and revellers will be treated to a number of fun activities among them live music, DJ stage, virtual reality and wellness areas, art installations and a fashion market.

Speaking on Africa Nouveau's return, the CEO and Founder Muthoni Ndonga asserts that she is completely thrilled! She says, "It feels great to congregate again. We have the power to decide what our story is, and we think that we are Fun and Fierce and our imagination is simply fantastical."

Under the 'British Council's East Africa Arts' programme's skills and networking activities that connect East African and UK festivals with the aim of sharing festival management skills, networking creatives, and showcasing innovative new art by East African and British talent. Muthoni says, "British Council is an instrumental partner in making the general festival experience come together, and very specifically, enabling a 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, mutually re-enforcing relationship to increase collaborations between the UK and East Africa. Finally, we look forward to the skill transfer between Kenyan, Ugandan and UK journalists covering arts and culture also fostered by the British Council."  

Different from 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."  


Festival Pass: 4,000 KES

 2-day (Friday – Saturday) Pass: 2,500 KES

Sunday Pass: 2,000 KES

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