Flamenco concert with Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Garcia, Oct. 25 2014 @ the Louis Leakey Auditorium

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Date: Saturday, 25th October 2014
Venue: at the Louis Leakey Auditorium.

World-renowned Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Garcia returns to Kenya for spectacular shows at the Louis Leakey auditorium.

2pm to 4pm is specially geared for students and families and will be a little more interactive.

Refreshments will be on sale.

We request all to be seated 15 minutes to the show.

October 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Kampala Contemporary Art Festival, Oct. 4-31 2014 @ Kampala Railway Station & 28 Locations Across the City

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KLA ART 014, Kampala Contemporary Art Festival
Theme: “Unmapped” Who are the unheard voices of our cities?

Dates: 4th – 31st October 2014
Venue: Kampala Railway Station & 28 Locations Across the City
For the month of October, thirty artists from Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Congo and Rwanda will unveil
new artworks across Kampala.

The festival will see the reopening of Kampala’s Railway Station to the public for an exhibition that will feature the work of ten artists, showcasing their interpretation of the “Unmapped”.

“The bicycle knife sharpener; the express fashion designer; the mobile nail salon: they fill every corner of the city. ‘Unmapped’ will attempt to artistically showcase how people from every stratum of society adapt creatively to survive” Violet Nantume, Curatorial Committee, KLA ART 014

Five Ugandan curators, working with renowned South African curator Gabi Ngcobo, have selected the artists, who include Helen Nabukenya; a visual artist from Uganda who uses discarded fabric to create vast tapestries depicting the overlooked, the forgotten and the rejected. From Kenya, Dennis Muraguri explores the matatu; presenting it, not only as a transport tool, but also as a space for intriguing gossip and communication.

Reaching out directly to the public, twenty boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) will be turned into artworks, ‘mapping’ Kampala, by forming temporary exhibition spaces in pre–‐‑selected locations across the capital. Ugandan artist Kizito Mbuga will transform a boda boda into a travelling cinema; whilst Ogwang Jimmy John will turn another into an interactive recording studio, which maps the ‘unheard’ musicians of the city. The mobile exhibition will attract new audiences from every corner of Kampala, from the iconic Independence Monument to bustling Ggaba market on the shores of Lake Victoria.

“Building on the success of the festival in 2012, KLA ART 014 offers a platform to showcase new and emerging ideas by contemporary Ugandan artists. KLA ART is a two–‐‑year process of thought, production and experimentation resulting in a unique festival, which directly links artists, artworks and audiences” Rocca Gutteridge, Project Director, KLA ART 014

“Umeme has partnered with KLA ART 014 to celebrate and support art as a driver of community togetherness, self-development and cultural diversity” Core Supporting Partner, Umeme (Energy distribution company, Uganda)

For more information visit http://klaart.org/

October 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Screening: The Ambassador by Mads Brugger, Oct. 31 2014 @ Docubox Offices

Screening: The Ambassador by Mads Brugger

Screening: The Ambassador by Mads Brugger


Date: October 31, 2014
Venue: Docubox Offices
Time: 6.30-8.30 pm

About
In his new stunt documentary, “The Ambassador,” the Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brugger impersonates a European adventurer seeking his fortune in Africa. This character, named Mads Cortzen, might have been dreamed up by Joseph Conrad in collaboration with Sacha Baron Cohen. A slender, dapper fellow with a ginger beard and an ironical manner, Cortzen motors around Liberia and the Central African Republic in a flag-festooned Volvo, handing out bribes and secretly recording his meetings with government ministers, diamond mine owners and shady passport brokers. Mr. Brugger’s voice-over briskly explains the rules and risks associated with his imposture, and reveals a world in which everything seems to be for sale. His first purchase is a Liberian diplomatic credential, which he thinks will allow him to operate in the Central African Republic with impunity as he buys conflict gems and sets up a match factory. Nothing is quite as simple as it seems. A Dutch fixer and Liberian officials, in spite of thousands of dollars in fees and “donations,” cannot put his papers in order, placing him at risk of arrest or worse. His Central African partners might be ripping him off, and it becomes hard to tell if Cortzen is master of the mock-diplomatic game or the world’s biggest sucker.

It is also sometimes difficult to read Mr. Brugger’s intentions. “The Ambassador” is both a satire of European cynicism and an exposé of African corruption, but a crucial element of social or ethical concern is missing. There is, for example, no sense of the toll that venal governments and abusive business practices exact on ordinary Africans, and the arrogant contempt that his alter ego shows for the Central African Republic and its people sometimes seems to belong to Mr. Brugger as well.

But much of what he was able to record — the deadpan viciousness of a French mercenary in charge of state security; the casual greed of fellow diplomats; the pomposity and duplicity of local bureaucrats — is genuinely appalling. Mr. Brugger’s portrait of shameless, routine collusion between exploitative foreigners and dysfunctional dictatorships is depressing and undeniable.

Unless, that is, “The Ambassador” is even more of a hoax than it seems to be. This strikes me as plausible, since somebody having this much fun in such proximity to horror may not be completely trustworthy. Via http://www.nytimes.com/

Find more info. here

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Now on Sale! Kenya Arts Diary 2015, from Oct. 21 2014 @ Various Bookshops, Art Galleries & Gift Shops in Nairobi

KAD 2015
Recommended retail price: KES 1,600

October 25, 2014 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

Nairobi Première: Tough Bond, Oct. 27 2014 @ Alliance Française

Tough Bond
Date: October 27, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

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Book Launch by Elizabeth Orchardson Mazrui, Oct. 25 2014 @ Paa ya Paa Arts Centre

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Date: Saturday, October 25 2014.
Venue: Paa ya Paa Arts Centre, Ridgeways
Time: 2.30 – 6 pm
Entry: Free

October 25, 2014 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

Marathon: Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2014, Oct. 26 2014 @ Nairobi

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for more info check the marathon website

October 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

International Women Film Festival 2014: Udada Festival, Oct. 25-29 2014 @ Goethe, MJ Centre & Alliance Française

Udada Film Festival
Udada Film Festival: Celebrating African women’s achievement in the arts.

Udada is a Swahili term that means sisterhood. This is a women’s film festival that will take place from 25th to 29th October 2014 in three venues in Nairobi.

October 25-29, 2014 – Goethe Institut
Dates: October 25-29, 2014
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Time: 2.00 – 8.00 pm
Admission: 200/=KSh, Students: 50/=KSh

October 28, 2014 – MJ Centre
As part of the cultural program, the Embassy of Spain is pleased to invite you to a Spanish Night of the Udada Film Festival where a cocktail will be offered before the viewing of the modern version of the Spanish Film Blancanieves (Snow White) directed by Pablo Berger on 28th October at 5.30pm at the Michael Joseph centre next to Safaricom house, Westlands. Free parking is available in the centre.

Date: Tuesday, 28th October 2014
Venue: Michael Joseph centre, Westlands
Time: 5.30pm – 9.00pm
FREE ENTRY

For more information about the film screenings, please contact the organisers of the festival: udadafilmfest@gmail.com

October 23, 2014 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Octoberfest Tap Night Parties, Until Oct. 31 2014 @ Various Participating Outlets in the City

Oktoberfest 2014 Tap Night Party @ Tamambo Village Friday 24th October from 5pm

October 23, 2014 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

Coastal Nite feat. Them Mushrooms & Msenangu Brass Band, Oct. 24 2014 @ Tsavo Hall – KICC

Coastal Nite
Date: October 24, 2014
Venue: Tsavo Hall, KICC
Time: 8 pm till dawn
Tickets: KES 500

October 23, 2014 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

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