Royal Kingdoms And Vanishing Textiles
For nearly half a century, KENYA’S AFRICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL has traveled the world promoting African culture and Kenyan tourism. The Festival features authentic Pan African costumes and a rare fashion collection created from the hand woven and hand printed textiles of Africa’s ancient cultures that are fast disappearing.
AFRICAN TWILIGHT is a celebration of the beautiful artistry and boundless creativity of Africa’s cultural heritage for audiences worldwide, transporting viewers into a world of connections between individual and community, body and soul, land and people.
The exhibition photographs, covering the last 15 years of work in 45 African countries, bring the vibrancy, intimacy, personal connection and meaningful understanding for which the Beckwith/Fisher collaboration is renowned. The images capture the vast cultural diversity of the continent and span the human life cycle from birth to death, covering unique initiation ceremonies into adulthood, colourful rituals of courtship and marriage, the splendour of power and leadership in Royal Kingdoms, seasonal rites of survival, diverse religious beliefs, healing practices and, finally, extraordinary rituals of death and the fascinating role of the afterworld. Drawn from their continuing work documenting African ceremonies, AFRICAN TWILIGHT presents a phase II, following their landmark exhibition “Passages” premiered in 2000 by the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
The exhibition will consist of 85 color photographs and 10 short video films which can be shown on monitors, or on a single screen. We invite each museum to present art objects from their collection to enhance the experience of Africa as a living tradition. We encourage museum programming that will inspire the audience to view the exhibition both as a source of learning and as a vital creative inspiration for young people today.
EXHIBITION OF SIGNED PRINTS At NAIROBI GALLERY DECEMBER 16 – MARCH 15 2019
GALA NIGHT OF THE CENTURY AFRICAN HERITAGE HOUSE MARCH 3, 2019, 2:30pm DEPARTURE RAILWAY MUSEUM
- The trip from the Railway Museum to the African Heritage House will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes;
- Once you get to the African Heritage House, you will be treated to a spectacular carnival of African cuisine, music, couture and dance;
- You can send the ticket cash directly to 0722-734897 of which the name Tom B. Otieno will appear;
- The dress code is Formal, African or Safari;
- In the event you opt to drive to the African Heritage House and skip the train trip, there will be ample parking at the African Heritage House while the charges remain the same;
- Secure parking will be available at the Kenya Railways parking too for those taking the train;
- A fee of Ksh. 200 will be incurred while accessing the Railway Museum