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Book Reading & Discussion: War Crimes in Somalia, Aug. 21 2014 @ Amnesty International Regional Office

Date: Thursday August 21 2014
Venue: Amnesty International Regional Office
Location: Kanjata Road/Muthangari Drive off Waiyaki Way – Google Map
Time: 5:30pm
Entry: Prior online Registration – Register here.

Amnesty International, in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum, invite you to a book reading and discussion panel on Rasna Warah’s new book War Crimes: How warlords, politicians, foreign governments and aid agencies conspired to create a failed state in Somalia.

In War Crimes, Kenyan journalist Rasna Warah writes about the many war crimes that have taken place in Somalia in the name of peace, development, religion and reconciliation. It is an examination of the destruction of Somalia looking at the involvement of the state and the international community.

Rasna Warah will be joined on the panel by acclaimed Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and Ali Hersi, Regional Director of the Society for International Development. This discussion, an inaugural event of the Amnesty International Regional Hub Speaker Series, will be moderated by L. Muthoni Wanyeki, Regional Director of Amnesty International.

Moderator: L. Muthoni Wanyeki – Regional Director Amnesty International

Panellists: Rasna Warah – Kenyan writer and photojournalist, Nuruddin Farah – Writer, Ali Hersi – Regional Director Society for International Development

August 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Songambele 2014 feat. Art of Healing Lecture by Gilah Yelin, Aug. 17 2014 @ GoDown Arts Centre – Industrial Area

GoDown Event
Date: August 17, 2014
Venue: the GoDown Arts Centre
Time: 3 pm
Entry: Free

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Meet the Artist: Gilah Hirsch, Aug. 14 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Meet world renowned painter Gilah Hirsch at Kuona Trust on the 14th of August 2014 from 2pm – 4pm.

The artist is famed for her unique work as well as facilitating various successful projects including art therapy for children. During the session at Kuona Trust, she will be talking to artists about her work and answer questions on the same.

Follow up events
Public lecture at the GoDown Art Centre – 15th August 2014
Exhibition of original works at the Sankara hotel – 17th August 2014.

For more information, please visit her website.

August 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

Early Bird Registration for Afrika Handmade Symposium, Oct. 2-3 2014 @ Jacaranda Hotel – Westlands

Craft Afrika

Visit their site for online registration and to find more info. on the symposium

July 24, 2014 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

China in African Urbanization Event, Jul 19 2014 @ Soluxe Club Lounge, off Muhoya ave, Mbabane Rd

Chinese Urbanism in Africa.  Event/Picture via Naipolitans

Chinese Urbanism in Africa. | Event/Picture via Naipolitans

China in African Urbanization – SACEF Business Exchange Series

Date & Time: 2pm, Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Venue: Soluxe Club Lounge, off Muhoya ave, Mbabane Rd, Nairobi

China’s visible impact on urban development in Africa is substantial. One need only to take a look at Great Wall apartments along Mombasa road, or drive down to Thika Road to catch a glimpse of some of the most impressive changes brought to Africa by Chinese constructors and developers. The contractors, developers and designers from China are having a tremendous impact on African development. Will they be able to successfully export the Chinese urban model? Can China’s own experience in fast, large-scale urbanization benefit Africa? Can the Chinese prototype developed over the past thirty years simply be exported?

Following their researches on Chinese urban development issues, Urban China magazine have collaborated with Go West Project to make an issue completely dedicated to impact of Chinese Urbanism in Africa, which will be introduced and discussed upon on Saturday 19 July, 2pm.

Speakers are Huang Zhengli, Njeri Cerere, and Juma Assiago. Huang Zhengli is a PhD candidate on Kenyan cities and informal housing and editor of Urban China. Njeri Cerere is a Planning, Development and Environmental Consultant in Kenya. Juma Assiago works at UN-Habitat and coordinates the global network on Safer Cities Program.

14:00 – 14:10 Welcome Remark by Isaac Fokuo (SACEF)
14:10 – 14:30 Opening Speech by Ambassador LIU Xianfa
14:30 – 15:00 Speech by Huang Zhengli on Chinese Urbanism in Africa
15:00 – 15:30 Speech by Njeri Cerere on Nairobi Land Regulations
15:30– 16:00 Speech by Juma Assiago on Urban Spaces and Their Social Impacts
16:00 – 17:00 Open Discussion
17:00 Closing Remarks and End Reception

July 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Conversation with Kenyan Writers: Kinyanjui Kombani Author of Den of Inequalities, Jul. 24 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Den of Inequities
Date: July 24, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut – Library
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

Host: John Sibi-Okumu

July 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Africa Metropolis Films in Nairobi! Jul. 18-20 2014 @ Goethe Institut, the Nest & Pawa 254 Hub Respectively

Africa Metropolis

African Metropolis Films Comes To Nairobi!
African Metropolis, a compilation of six short films from six African cities, will be screened for the first time in Nairobi.

The films from Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi tell urban tales about life in African metropolises. Over 50 percent of the continent’s total population now lives in cities, and vital urban cultures are forming and transforming – fast, and with growing complexity. In African cinema, the shift is towards urban stories, with less focus on the traditional, rural Africa that dominated in the past.

The event will be held in different venues including Goethe Institut, The Nest and Pawa254.

The Pawa254’s rooftop will take place on Sunday, 20th of July, completing the whole event with supporting happenings like live graffiti, spoken word performances, music performances and a visual urban photography exhibition.

Entrance: Free

Find more info here

July 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

Screening & Discussion: Défense d’afficher – 8 Artists 8 Cities 8 Directors, Jul. 3 2014 @ Pawa 254 Hub

Screening 8 cities
Date: July 3, 2014
Venue: Pawa 254 Hub
Time: 5.30-8 pm

Défense d’Afficher – Trailer from la maison du directeur on Vimeo.

With Eva Munyiri & Bankslave

June 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Screening & Discussion: Tsofa Documentary by Congolese Director Rufin Mbou Mikima, Jun. 25 2014 @ Mageuzi Space – Pawa254 Hub

Pawa254 Hub will be screening the documentary Tsofa by Congolese Director Rufin Mbou Mikima

Tsofa tells the story of a group of Congolese men, many of them highly qualified university graduates who were offered a 600 euro/month job by a Romanian company to go and work as taxi drivers in Bucharest, the European country’s capital.

“To Romanians, black people living in their country must be either football players or students,” Mbou Mikima notes in one of the film’s opening scenes.

He first met the group back in 2008 while working in Bucharest himself. Through the use of the men’s own photos, mobile phone images and other video material, he retraces their initial steps, hopes and expectations, where it went wrong (it did), and what happened after the return of some of them to Congo (Brazza).

Date & Time: June 25, 2014
Venue: Mageuzi Space, Pawa254
Time: from 5:30 – 8 pm

More info here

June 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Forum: Our Collective Security – Writers in Conversation, Jun. 28 2014 @ National Museum

Date: Saturday, 28 June 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Entry: Prior Reservation.
RSVP here

The killings in Mpeketoni on 15 and 16 June are the latest in a series of violent events that are challenging the security of Kenya and the East Africa region more broadly. The words ‘terrorism’, ‘assassinations’, ‘tribal clashes’, ‘violent crime’, ‘domestic violence’ regularly appear in mainstream and social media headlines. Traumatic pictures of the aftermath fill the newspapers and TV screens. Kenya is no stranger to violent conflict, as the 2008 post-election violence attests to, but some analysts see the current resurgence as something new. There is no shortage of views on the causes of the current insecurity. Some blame external threats, religious ideology, identity, resource competition, youth unemployment, marginalisation, political intrigue, corruption and inefficiency of the security services. Others point to a failure of collective responsibility.

In the latest in a series of conversations with well-known writers, Kwani Trust, in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum, have invited a panel of writers to discuss these pressing matters. The writers include:

NoViolet Bulawayo, Writer
Parselelo Kantai, Writer
Rashid Abdi, Journalist
Billy Kahora, Writer and Kwani? managing editor

This conversation follows a session at 5pm at the same venue titled, Meet the Writers, featuring the three shortlisted writers of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, Africa’s most prestigious literary prize: NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/South Africa) and Karen Jennings (South Africa).

June 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Sunday Salon New York City – Nairobi – Chicago, Jun. 29 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

Date: Sunday, June 29 2014
Venue: Kwani Trust Office – Chiromo
Time: 3 pm
Entry: Free

Join Kwani? Trust for a special edition of Sunday Salon featuring writers from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Is it prize season, you ask? Yes it is!

Winner of Kwani Trust’s Manuscript Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Jennifer Makumbi, reads from her just-launched novel, Kintu, published by Kwani?

The Shortlisted Writers of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature – Yewande Omotoso, author of Bom Boy, Karen Jennings, author of Finding Soutbek and the overall winner, NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names, read from their work.

Kwani? Trust sends off the two Kenyan writers shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014; Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor, with readings from their nominated stories ahead of the announcement of the overall winner in Oxford in July.

Live music by KIU

Find more info here

June 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm 2 comments

Discussion: with Shortlisted Writers of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature, Jun. 28 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium


Date: Saturday, June 28 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums
Time: 5 pm

Meet the Writers event with the three writers shortlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature – NoViolet Bulawayo, Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings, with special guest and Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey (OBE).
This will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature writers tour Nairobi, hosted by Kwani Trust
Africa’s most prestigious literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature has collaborated with Kwani Trust for a weekend of literary events in Nairobi on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June 2014 as part of a three city African tour for shortlisted writers of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

The Meet the Writers event includes a panel discussion hosted by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey (OBE) with the three shortlisted writers of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), author of We Need New Names and winner of the 2013 edition, Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/South Africa), author of Bom Boy, and Karen Jennings (South Africa), author of Finding Soutbek.

NoViolet Bulawayo, Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings will also feature at the Kwani?

June 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

Fatuma’s Voice: The Media Scene in Kenya, Jun. 20 2014 @ Pawa254 Hub – Mageuzi Hall

Join the Fatuma’s Voice as they interact and discuss about the media scene in Kenya.

Date: June 20, 2014
Venue: Pawa 254, Mageuzi Hall
Time: 4-8pm
Entry: sh100/-

The media has an important role in passing across information to the masses.

Recently, it has been accused of watering down its content. Our news presenters are allegedly turning out to be agents of fashion than they are casters.

Do you think that the Kenyan media has become an emblem of mediocrity than of the seriousness that it ought to be? Is press freedom a reality or does the government still control what is to be aired to the masses?

June 19, 2014 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Arterial Network Kenya Catchup on Grants & Funds in the Creative Industry, Jun. 7 2014 @ Kuona Trust

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Grants and Funds – Accessing alternative opportunities

While the creative industry is only just getting together and interacting across sectors a key cross-cutting challenge is project financing. Aside from personal savings and mainstream channels, creative setups in Kenya also opt for donor/development support and capacity building.

This month’s Catchup being held on Saturday 7th June, is at Kuona Trust Art Centre, off Dennis Pritt Rd, and is from 2pm-5pm and explores alternative growth opportunities for creative entrepreneurs.

Join us and our panel with Hivos, Ford Foundation, Keroche Foundation and others in sharing in these learnings this Saturday afternoon

For more info check us our Arterial Network Kenya FB page or tweet @ArterialKe

June 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Film Premeire: An Informal Image in Five Voices, Jun. 7 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

Date: Saturday 7 June 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum

A documentary film introducing five street vendors who are members of the Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT).

The informal sector is part of the economy that is not monitored by any form of the government. In Kenya this sector includes about 2.5 M street vendors and hawkers, representing 7% of Kenya’s population.
The film focuses on their challenges and stories of success as they attempt to represent the informal traders and engage the local authorities in dialogue and work with them to improve their livelihoods.

Introduction and Q&A by
Abie Troen, producer of the film and Karpf and Hahn Peace Prize Winner
Refreshments for sale 3.15pm Film starts 4:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 200 Citizen or Student
Ksh 400 KMS member
Ksh 500 Guest

Reservations: 0724 255299, 2339158 or
Mpesa no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019

June 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

RWANDA UNDER THE RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance, May 30 2014 @ IFRA/BIEA

Date & Time: Friday, 30th May 2014, 6.00PM – 7.30PM
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi

Panel discussion and journal special issue launch.

1. Jason Mosley (Research associate, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and managing editor, Journal of Eastern African Studies)
2. Phil Clark (Reader in comparative and international politics, SOAS, University of London)
3. Yolande Bouka (Researcher, Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division, ISS Nairobi)

This panel discussion – which serves also as a launch of a special issue of the Journal of Eastern African Studies (JEAS) on the same topic – will debate the nature of Rwandan politics under the RPF and its impact on the post-genocide reconstruction process, regional relations and the well-being of everyday Rwandans.

For more information on the event, please click this link.

PS: Remember to RSVP by sending an email to

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23rd European Film Festival – Programme, Until Jun. 1 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

23rd EUFF Programme via A/F Nairobi

23rd EUFF Programme Poster via A/F Nairobi

Dates: May 13 – June 1, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: weekdays – 5.30 & 7.30 pm and weekends – 3.00, 5.30 & 7.30 pm
Entrance: Kshs 50

1. ATMEN (Breathing)
Drama – 2011 – 94 minutes | General Exhibition (GE)
Screenings: 13th May @ 5.30pm & 24th May @7.30pm

Acclaimed directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics. The film is an eloquent portrait of an incarcerated teenager attempting to win parole by working at a local mortuary. To his horror and disgust, he has to handle corpses. His co-workers are bullies very like his prison warders. Yet Roman must endure this job if he is to get parole and begins to respect the solemn work of handling the dead and starts to come to terms with his own youthful crime.
Nominated for the ‘European Discovery of the Year’ at the 2011 European Film Awards and Winner of “Label Europa Cinemas”at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

1. LA TÊTE LA PREMIÈRE (Headfirst)
Romance – 2012 – 89 minutes| Above16 (+16)
Screenings: 13th May @ 7.30pm & 24th May @ 3pm
Young Zoé takes to the road in search of a writer she admires. She believes that a road trip might give purpose to her life. Along the way, she meets Adrien, a young actor who is intrigued by her elusive personality and decides to follow her.

2. TURQUAZE (Turquoise)
Drama – 2010 – 96 minutes | Above16 (+16)
Screening: 20th May @ 7.30pm and 30th May @ 5.30pm

The film explores the lives of immigrants who find themselves torn between two lands and cultures, with roots in neither. This moving and joyous romantic drama introduces a trio of Turkish brothers, living in Belgium, who redefine family dynamics after their father’s death

1. TMAVOMODRÝSVĚT (Dark Blue World)
War/Drama/Romance – 2011 – 112 minutes | Parental Guidance (PG)
Screenings: 14th May @5.30pm and 31st May @ 7.30pm

An epic romantic drama by the Oscar winning director, Jan Sverák. It is about two Czech pilots, serving together in the UK’s Royal Air Force during World War II, who fall in love with the same woman. The film flits between a post-war camp where Franta is a prisoner, an “enemy of the people” because he flew for the RAF during WWII, and England during the war where Franta is like a big brother to Karel, a very young pilot.

1. KAPRINGEN (A Hijacking)
Drama/Thriller – 2012 – 103 minutes | Parental Guidance (PG)
Screenings: 27th May @ 7pm – Ciné-Café and 1st June @ 7.30pm

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan, who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates.

2. JAGTEN (The Hunt)
Drama – 2013 – 115 minutes | Above16 (+16)
Screenings: 14th May @7.30pm, 22nd May @5.30pm and 30th May @ 7.30pm

A powerful story of a man wrongly accused of child abuse. Lucas leads a contented life in a small town. A teacher by training, he has been left jobless by the closing of the local school. He now works in a daycare, looking after kids during the day and drinking with their parents in the evening. Everything changes, however, when — in a moment of anger — one of Lucas’ charges tells the daycare owner he sexually abused her.
Winner of the ‘Best Actor’ Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the ‘Best Screenwriter’ Award at the 2012 European Film Awards

1. 9 MOIS FERME (9 months stretch)
Comedy – 2013 – 82 minutes | Above16 (+16)
Screenings: 15th May @ 5.30pm and 25th May @ 7.30pm

The film tells the story of a morally upright judge; Ariane Felder, who discovers she is pregnant by a criminal wanted for murder. Ariane can’t remember a thing and tries to find out what could possibly have happened.
Winner of the 2014 César Awards for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay

2. LE PONT DES SAVEURS (The Brige of Flavors)
Screening: 19th May @ 7pm – CINE-CONCERT

The French duo ‘Bridge of Flavours’ made up of saxophonist, Julien Petit and pianist, Guillaume Cherpitel, present a Ciné-Concert. The magic of live musical performance set to silent films from the early 20th century including ‘Paris qui dort’ (Paris Asleep) by René Clair and ‘Le voyage dans la lune’ (A trip to the moon) by Georges Méliès, comes to stage.
Following the success of the Oscar winning film “The Artist’, the two musicians started experimenting with silent films and through jazzy compositions influenced by African music, salsa, soul, rock and funk, the duo invite you to rediscover the special alchemy from the very early days of cinema.

Drama – 2012 – 105 minutes | Above16 (+16)
Screening: 15th May @ 7.30pm and 31st May @ 5.30pm

A psychological and political thriller set in1980s East Germany. Barbara, a doctor, has applied for an exit visa from the GDR. Now, as punishment, she has been transferred from Berlin to a small hospital out in the country. Jörg, her lover from the West, is already planning her escape. Barbara waits, keeping to herself. Working as a paediatric surgeon under her new boss Andre, she is attentive when it comes to the patients, but quite distanced toward her colleagues. But Andre confuses her with his confidence in her professional abilities, his caring attitude, his smile. Is she under surveillance? Is he in love? But as the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control. Over herself, over her plans?
Silver Bear for Best Director at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (2012)

1. ΝΎΦΕΣ(Brides)
Drama/ Romance – 2004 -128 Minutes | Above16 (+16)
Screenings: 12th May @ 6.30pm, 20th May @5.30pm and 24th May @5.30pm

Set in the turbulent social and political climate of 1922, Brides tells the story of 700 young women, some of them teenagers, from Greece, Russia, Turkey and Armenia, who were loaded on a ship heading for New York. They were proxy brides carrying a wedding gown and a photograph of their future husbands. The film illuminates the migrant experience through a moving tale of love, duty and sacrifice.
2004: Greek State Film Awards for Best Film

2. Ο ΒΥΣΣΙΝΌΚΗΠΟΣ (Cherry Orchard)
Drama – 2000 – 141 minutes | Parental Guidance (PG)
Screenings: 16th May @ 5.30pm and 28th May @ 5.30pm

LyubovRanevskayaleft Russia to escape troubling memories of the death of her son. Now her family is riddled with debt and Lyubov and her teenaged daughter have come home to the family estate looking for a way to pay their bills. Much to their dismay, the Ranevskayas are forced to sell their land to a crude businessman who intends to build a housing development in what was once the family’s cherry orchard.

1. LA GRANDE BELLAZA (The Great Beauty)
Drama/ Comedy – 2013 – 142 minutes | Above16 (+16)
Screenings: 16th May @ 7.30pm, 26th May @ 7.30pm and 1st June @ 3pm

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Winner of the 2014 Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film, the 2014 Bafta Award for the Best not in the English Language

1. DE MARATHON (The Marathon)
Comedy/ Sport-Drama – 2012 – 107 minutes | Above16 (+16)
Screenings: 17th May @ 3pm and 28th May @ 7.30pm

For four disillusioned men there is more at stake than merely finishing the Rotterdam marathon.
Gerard, Leo, Kees and Nico – four friends born and bred in Rotterdam – work side by side in Gerard’s garage, but business has suffered a down-turn. Through Youssoef, the foursome comes up with the inspired idea to get a sponsor and take part in the Rotterdam Marathon in order to save the garage from going under. In the midst of all the preparations for this ultimate run and the saving of the garage, there is actually more at stake for the four guys than just getting to the finish…

1. TIGRE V MESTE (Tigers in the City)
Comedy/Drama – 2012 – 90 minutes |Above 18(+18)
Screenings: 17th May @ 5.30pm and 29th May @ 5.30pm

Three friends about to turn 30 call themselves animal names: BADGER, HYENA and PIGEON. They like to spend time together in their favorite bar in the Bratislava city Zoo, but they all feel that something is missing – they starve for a soul mate for life. After years of fantasizing about a woman’s voice on the radio, Badger finally decides to meet her. Badger’s life takes an unexpected twist, when his friends discover, that a man is trying to kill him. The man is a Russian ex-hit-man hired to kill Badger for his extensive zeal as a state prosecutor, working against local mafia. At the same time, the killer happens to be the husband of the radio speaker, with whom Badger just started a romance. The circle is closed. Now it’s not only a question of falling in love anymore. It’s about staying alive

Drama/Fantasy – 2012 – 104 minutes
Screenings: 23rd May @7.30pm and 29th May @7.30pm

Set in southern Spain in 1920s, Blancanieves is a tribute to silent films. It is a silent-movie melodrama version of Snow White and the Sven Dwarfs. Carmen is the beautiful daughter of a once dashingly handsome bullfighter, now a widower and invalid, married to a scheming nurse. After her stepmother’s bungled murder plan, Carmen is discovered in the woods by a travelling band of bullfighting dwarfs who discover Carmen’s extraordinary talent for bullfighting.
Winner of the 2013 European Film Award for the Best Costume Designer and the 2013 Goya Awards for Best Film, Best New Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song

2. LAS AVENTURAS DE TADEO JONES (The Adventures of Tad Jones)
Animation/Adventure/Comedy – 2012 – 92 minutes
Screenings: 18th May @3pm and 31st May @3pm

Tad is a celebrity archeologist and adventurer just like his hero Max Mordon… in his dreams! In reality, Tad is a Chicago construction worker. One day, however, he is mistaken for a real Professor and takes his place on a flight to Peru in search of the Lost City of Paititi. Professor Lavrof and his beautiful daughter Sara are waiting for the famous professor to crack the code. Unfortunately for Tad, Sara is engaged to real-life hero Max Mordon, but Max has secretly betrayed the Professor by teaming up with the evil Kopponen and his shady Odysseus corporation. Time for Tad to step up.
Winner of the 2013 Goya Award for the Best Animation Film and Best New Director

Drama – 2010- 110minutes | Above 18(+18)
Screenings: 17th May @ 7.30pm and 26th May @ 5.30pm

Martin escapes his alcoholic father for the summer job of his life at the exclusive Royal Yacht Club in the idyllic archipelago of Stockholm in 1975. He meets true love for the first time and is being groomed by Gösta, a playboy in the centre of high society. Martin is inevitably drawn into one of the greatest scandal of all times in Swedish crime history.

1. LES GRANDES ONDES (Longwaves)
Comedy – 2013 – 85 minutes | Above16 (+16)
Screenings: 18th May @ 5.30pm and 22nd May @ 7.30pm

It is April 1974 and Julie Dujonc-Renens, young feminist journalist and the cunning Joseph-Marie Cauvin, leading reporter for the Swiss radio, have been sent to Portugal to investigate Switzerland’s aid to poor countries. Sparks fly during the bus trip with Bob, sound engineer approaching retirement. The projects financed by Switzerland prove to be calamitous and the workers’ revolution that suddenly breaks out doesn’t help, obliging our heroes to disregard first the radio’s management, and then their own codes of conduct.

Comedy – 2014 – 90minutes | General Exhibition (GE)
Screenings: 18th May @ 7.30pm and 25th May@ 5.30pm

NEXT GOAL WINS is a hilarious and moving exploration of what it really means to be a winner in life.

Comedy/Romance – 2012 – 87 minutes | Parental Guidance (PG)
Screenings: 21st May @ 7pm – Ciné Café and 25th May @ 3pm
Director: Bob Nyanja. Starring : Bernard Safari, ShirlenWanjari, Charles Kiarie

Afraid of losing the woman of his dreams, Muntu, a small fry criminal, pretends to own a profitable market stall. His honest attempts to turn his lies into reality fail, due to the ubiquitous local corruption. Impersonated as “Captain of Nakara”, wearing a stolen military uniform, Muntu manages to succeed in defending his rights, his happiness – and ends up elected as Kwetu’s president!

Drama/Thriller – 2010 – 98 minutes |Above 18(+18)
Screenings: 23rd May @ 5.30pm and 1st June @ 5.30pm

Set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The efforts of an ‘operator’ named Riva to obtain a secret cache of valuable petrol bring him up against the local crime boss – and his beautiful girlfriend.

May 15, 2014 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Artist’s Talk & Discussion with Clinton Kirkpatrick, May 15 2014 @ National Museum

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Artist’s Talk And Discussion: Clinton Kirkpatrick – Where He Ran, And Returned To

Date: May 15, 2014
Venue: National Museum
Time: from 10.30am

You are cordially invited to an artist’s talk and discussion on Thursday 15th May 2014 at 10.30am in the Creativity Gallery where the artist Clinton Kirkpatrick is showing a collection of paintings and woodcuts created in response to his time spent in Kenya in 2011 and 2012.

May 15, 2014 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

Policy Workshop on Japan-Kenya Relations, May 16 2014 @ Embassy of Japan – Upper Hill

To appraise the 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Kenya, the Embassy of Japan will hold a Policy Workshop on Japan Kenya Relations on Friday 16th May 2014 from 2:30pm – 5:00 pm at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Japan Information & Culture Centre at the Embassy of Japan (Mara Road, Upper Hill).

The Embassy of Japan in Kenya would like to take this opportunity to invite you for this Policy Workshop. Attached herewith please find the Embassy’s note concerning the event, including the tentative program as well as registration details.

Program_Policy Workshop on Japan Kenya Relations

Information on the same is available on the Embassy’s website

May 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

Talk: NDARUGU Camp 360 & the Italian Prisoners of War in Kenya, May 15 2014 @ Italian Institute of Culture

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May 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Screening + Debate: Leonardo Live brought to you by CrossCulture XC, May 10 & 11 2014 @ Brookhouse & National Museum Respectively

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Event Date: Saturday 10th, May
Time: 2:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Location: Brookhouse School, Magadi Road, Karen
Tickets: Kshs 2,500

Brought to you by CrossCulture XC presents Leonardo Live showing the exhibition held at The National Gallery in London, called Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan it was the most complete display of Leonardo’s rare surviving paintings ever held.
This unprecedented exhibition – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – brought together sensational international loans never before seen.

The 80-minute film provides a Full High Definition walkthrough of the exhibit, in depth commentary about featured pieces and a “behind the scenes” look at the process of putting the exhibition together.

The showing times are
Saturday May 10th – Brookhouse
Sunday May 11th – The National Museum of Kenya
For both days the times are as follows: Doors Open and Open Seating from 2pm – Screening starts 3pm

The screening will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion with local artists, Peter Elungat and Peterson Kamwathi and moderated by Judy Ogana. We will also allow time for an audience Q+A.

More Tel: +254 708 757 606

May 2, 2014 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Crowd Funding Campaign, Presentation & Discussion: Pat Shaw was Romeo 9, Apr. 23 2014 @ Alliance

Screen Shot Pat Shaw

“He was the greatest crime fighter that ever lived…” Those who lived in Nairobi in the 1970s and 1980s will recollect the late Patrick David Shaw: a burley and intimidating police reservist who ruled the streets of Nairobi while also working full-time as an administrator at The Starehe Boys’ Centre. Author and filmmaker David Smith invites you to listen to a presentation and participate in a discussion on the legacy of this legendary yet controversial figure in Kenyan history.

Date and Time: Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium, Nairobi
Entry fee: 500 KSH

Signed and numbered event posters may be purchased for 500 KSH (Limit 200).


April 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

BIEA Seminar: Rain, Power, Sovereignty & The Materiality Of Signs In Southern Zimbabwe, Apr. 16 2014 @ BIEA / IFRA

Rain, Power, Sovereignty and The Materiality Of Signs In Southern Zimbabwe

Date: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi
Time: 11.00 am
Entry: Prior RSVP. For more information please contact or call +254 735 260 004

Seminar by: Joost Fontein, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Sinoxolo Neo Musangi, British Institute in Eastern Africa

In 2010 a government meteorologist revealed that for much of the last decade, the Zimbabwean weather forecast had been censored on a daily basis by agents of the President’s Office. ‘This information’ he said ‘was seen as sensitive’. What this ‘sensitivity’ amounts to is the subject of this paper. It is hard to make sense of the government’s impulse to censor the weather forecast in the 2000s without reference to the localized re-configurations of authority over land and ‘re-making’ of the state that fast track land reform provoked. To the extent that fast track offered new opportunities for the realization of a diversity of localised aspirations and imagined futures that turned on access to land and fertile soils in divergent ways, the recurrent droughts and failing harvests of the early 2000s were politically significant because they called into question the legitimacy of land reform, and the broader ‘thirdchimurenga’ project constituted around it. But across Zimbabwe, and the region, rainfall and drought have long been measures of contested political legitimacy in more complex ways not limited to the politics of food, famine and agricultural production. In southern Zimbabwe, this is true not just for spirit mediums, chiefs and other ‘traditionalist’ authorities for whom rainmaking practices are well-established means of demonstrating ‘autochthony’, sovereignty and legitimacy, but also for war veterans, new farmers, government technocrats and others involved in land reform during the 2000s. This is what I examine here. Whilst I focus particularly on rainmaking practices, encounters with njuzu water spirits, and national biras that took place in the 2005-6 when research was carried out, the larger point I pursue is that water acts as an index of power – of the entangled but contested play of legitimacy and sovereignty – across many different registers of meaning and regimes of rule. In making this argument I engage with Keane (2003; 2005) and Engelke’s elaboration of Peirce’s theory of signs (1955), and build upon others (James 1972; Jedrej 1992) who have long argued that rainmaking ‘traditions’ across eastern, central and southern Africa are less a form of applied meteorology and more an idiom of politics and power, in order to argue that they are necessarily both at the same time.

April 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Forum: Principles in Action in Somalia, Apr. 4 2014 @ BIEA/IFRA – Kileleshwa

On Friday 4 April 2014 the Somali Red Crescent and the British Red Cross will launch their case study “Principles in Action in Somalia” at an event hosted by the Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute.

Date: April 4, 2014
Venue: Seminar Room | RVI Office – Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm

The study examines the importance of the Fundamental Principles of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, first agreed in 1965, in the current humanitarian environment in Somalia. The study analyses the operational relevance and challenges associated with applying these principles.

The panel will comprise Dr Ahmed Hassan, President of the Somali Red Crescent Society, and Jane Backhurst, from the Humanitarian Policy Department of the British Red Cross. The meeting will be chaired by Dr Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society and Vice President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for Africa.

Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.

March 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm 13 comments

Jumpstart Thursday: Big Branding for Small Business, Apr. 3 2014 @ Creatives Garage – Ngong Road

Jumpstart Thursday 3Apr14
Craft Afrika in collaboration with and Biz Baz Events invites you to Jumpstart Thursday- the bi-monthly networking forum for craft makers.

See poster for details and please note the change of location from our usual meeting venue at Shalom House.

Due to limited space, registration through this link is a prerequisite>>

Please register to avoid being turned away.

March 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm 4 comments

Event: Start Up Mixer, Mar. 28 2014 @ 88 MPH – 4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza, Ngong Rd

start-up mixer

Caught the entrepreneurship bug? Interested in meeting like-minded people? Join us at 88 mph, 4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza, Ngong Rd for an evening of informal conversation with our guest entrepreneurs on their challenges, triumphs, and lessons learnt from their start up experiences. We shall swap war stories and bask in the ingenuity of the creative spirit.

Martin Nielsen – Co – Founder Mdundo
Muthoni Ndonga – Founder Blankets & Wine
Odanga Madung & Sameer Ahmed – Founders Odipo Dev

After the conversation, hang back and mingle with some of the best and brightest of today’s innovators.

March 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Event: the GoDown Gig feat. Lulu, Wendy Kimani & Dan Aceda, Mar. 29 2014 @ the GoDown Arts Centre

the GoDown Gig
Date: March 29, 2014
Venue: the GoDown Arts Centre
Time: 3 – 8 pm
Entry: Free

March 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Science Café: The ins and outs of genomics, Apr. 2 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Science Cafe

March 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Mindspeak: Aly-Khan Satchu Hosts the Sec. Gen. of the EAC Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Mar. 29 2014 @ Inter Continental

Date: March 29, 2014
Venue: Inter Continental Hotel
Time: 9 am for 10 am to 12 Noon
Guest Speaker: Secretary General, the East African CommunityAmb. Dr. Richard Sezibera
Entrance: Free

About Dr. Richard Sezibera
Appointed as Secretary General of the East African Community in April 19, 2011 by the summit of the East African Community for a five-year term. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Sezibera served as Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda (October 2008 – April 2011).

Dr. Sezibera graduated with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees. He also has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

Dr. Sezibera has authored in the field of politics and international affairs and has been published in many reputable journals.

This will be Dr. Richard Sezibera’s second appearance on Mindspeak forum

March 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

KMS Lecture: Natural Cultural Sites in Kenya, Mar. 29 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

Date: Saturday 29 March 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum

Do you know what cultural or sacred sites are? Do you know where they are in Kenya? Do know their value and the challenges facing the kaya forests and other sites as Kenya’s?

All Kenya’s ethnic groups recognized ‘special places’ in their landscapes, places where the normal daily activities of farming, herding or hunting were forbidden or strictly controlled. Such places might be trees, forests, rock outcrops, hills or mountains, and they are often referred to as ‘natural sacred sites’ or ‘natural cultural sites’. Their meanings related to indigenous religions, or locations where ‘first settlement’ by the ancestors of a particular ethnic group occurred, or sites for particular community meetings and rituals.

After the imposition of colonial rule, many cultural sites were destroyed or degraded, but others have survived and are now the focus of conservation efforts by a wide range of stakeholders, from local community members to national and international NGOs and transnational organizations.

To find out the answers to these questions and how cultural forests, rocks and hills can survive in increasingly intensively developed landscapes, you are invited to this intriguing and captivating talk by Dr. Celia Nyamweru, who has been studying Kenya’s natural cultural sites for nearly 20 years, in particular the kaya forests of the Kenya coast.

Refreshments 3.15pm Starts 4:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS member
Ksh 500 Guest
Ksh 200 Citizen & Student
Tickets: 0724 255299, 2339158 or
Mpesa no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019

Find more info on Dr. Celia Nyamweru’s Lecture Poster

March 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm 1 comment

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