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A museum in the middle of the street

Three towering moko jumbies stroll up behind the stage, as if on cue, dressed in suits of glow-in-the-dark yellow and electric blue. The sun sets on the second and final day of ChaleWote, Accra’s annual street art festival, but energies show no sign of fading as Burkinabe band Siaka Diarra streams the “polyrhythmic madness” promised in the festival program, djembe gyrating slowly-quickly-slowly against unpredictable percussion.

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Winter List: Festivals in Southern Africa

While some in the virtual AIAC office have been putting together their summer lists, I thought I’d keep it real and put up a winter list. (Yes, it’s winter here in South Africa.) If you ever get tired of summer in the Northern hemisphere, this list is for you. While this is by no means a definitive list, all these festivals are worth the travel to get there. Here are my top winter festivals to visit in Southern Africa.

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Preview: out in Africa, South Africa’s Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Running from March 23 to April 1 in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Out In Africa is a showcase of films addressing the issues that confront those who are ‘out’. It’s a nice play on a colonialist turn of phrase too.

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August Day-By-Day

2-8 August

@Fricourt. Rencontres Internationales de court métrage du Bénin 2010

Cotonou, Benin

Website: http://africourt-online.org/

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July Day-By-Day

29 June-1 July

Africa Energy Forum 2010

Basel, Switzerland

Website: http://www.energynet.co.uk/AEF/index.html

1 July

Beginning of Belgium EU Presidency

Website: http://www.eutrio.be/

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