The Association of Animation Artistes (A3K) has recently been registered in Kenya, East Africa. It was formed to cater for the artists involved in animation work including motion graphics and visual effects. As part of the publicity to announce the association's arrival, a seminar will be held at the British Council, at Upper Hill in Nairobi on the Saturday, 15th August 2009.
With the arrival of Fiber Optic cables, a number of big animation players have set up studios and are currently producing animated television shows. A3K exists to create a space where animation artists and prospective studios loking for talent can meet and work towards the growing of the animation industry in Kenya in particular and in East Africa in general.
In 2008 Claudia of Tiger Aspect (UK) decided to set up an African wing to Tiger Aspect animation, building and training the first fully self sufficient animation studio in East Africa, working out of Nairobi where she and her team are currently in production with 52 episodes of Tinga Tinga Tales for Disney playhouse and CBeebies. The series is based on African folk tales explaing how all our favourite animals came to be, and adopts the bright and colourful Tinga Tinga artwork of Tanzania. Claudia will be speaking about the Business of Animation in the morning.
All animation enthusiasts are invited to attend the seminar which is the beginning of quarterly industry meetings.