Vis a Vis 2020: Kenya

Inscriptions until 20th March 2020 | Concerts from 3rd to 5th april at Nairobi, Kenya
Vis a Vis 2020: kenia. Del 2 al 5 de abril en Nairobi. Inscripciones abiertas hasta el 20/03/2020

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Given the situation generated by COVID-19, Casa África has decided to transfer this meeting to next year. The artists will be able to continue registering in the portal created for it.

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Kenyan artists to tour Spain as part of the Cultural exchange Project Vis a Vis 

Musicians and bands can register until march 20th to be elegible for playing live in front of a dozen of Spanish music festival directors  

Two Kenyan bands stand a chance to present their music across Spain as part of the cultural cooperation project Vis a Vis, organized by the Spanish public diplomacy institution Casa África, to promote a greater knowledge of African music in Spain. 

The project is a collaboration between Casa África, the Government of Kenya, through her Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, headed by Dr. Amina Mohamed and implemented by the Permanent Presidential Music Commission of Kenya (PPMC), the Embassy of Spain in Kenya and the Embassy of Kenya in Spain.

This initiative offers Kenyan musicians the opportunity to participate in a competition to perform for a group of Spanish cultural programmers, most of them Festival Directors who will attend a two-day festival in Kenya between 2nd and 5th April to select as well as connect with industry stakeholders. Twelve bands are expected to participate at the festival. 

“We are delighted about this exchange between Kenya and Spain. The Festival Directors will come to experience the live music scene, connect with music business as well as our hospitality as Kenyans. In return, two of Kenya’s outstanding bands shall have an opportunity to spread Kenyan music in Spain by participating at 10 to 15 festivals in Spain in July 2020,” Dr. Donald Otoyo of PPMC says of the collaboration. 

 

Kenyan artists should apply 

 

To stand a chance to perform at both events, Kenyan bands are encouraged to apply to the project via the platform www.africavisavis.com/kenya. The application process is open to all artists who are tour ready and who perform any genre of music. The application process is open until March 20, 2020. 

“We look forward to receiving more applications by the bands. After which the Spanish Festival bookers will shortlist the 12 bands that perform at the two-day event in Nairobi,” says Juan Jaime, head of Culture and Education in Casa Africa, during his visit to Nairobi between February 21st  and 24th to experience the Kenyan music landscape. 

For more information on the application process, applicants can email info@kenyavisavis.com 

This year marks the 11th edition of the annual cultural exchange which follows on from other collaborations with other African countries including Senegal, Cape Verde, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and Angola. Vis a Vis aims at enabling a space for dialogue and to create new programs while strengthening communication between Spain and the African continent. 

 

About: 

 

Casa Africa 

Casa África is a public diplomacy consortium at the service of Spanish foreign policy, integrated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Spanish Government, the Government of the Canary Islands and the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, city that hosts its headquarters.

 

Permanent Presidential Music Commission 

PPMC is a Department within the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage mandated to promote the development of Music and dance, spearhead the growth and development of the music industry and to contribute to the understanding and preservation of Kenyan musical arts and expression. 

For Media inquiries, please contact email info@kenyavisavis.com 

 
 
 
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