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What makes us hold some people in high regard – and what makes us deny others the same? How do we act towards those we honour – and what makes us decide whether to look up to people or not? Are all people worthy of respect?
The Nest’s second Rewind Fast Forward event explores the instinct, contention and actions behind how we decide to treat people, focusing on where they come from and what they do.
Join the forum theater moderator Dr. Njoki Ngumi and the cast of Maggie Karanja, Millicent Ogutu, Olwenya Maina and Sam Psenjen on Saturday 15th from 2pm – 5pm and have your say!
The exhibition replicates a library scene set in a dystopia world inspired by the four elements Earth, Air, Fire & Water. These four elements are believed to be the forces that govern existence for they hold immense power to not only build but also destroy. The symbolism of the elements is translated into a series of smaller installations that depict the state of most libraries as seen in Nairobi as well as in most parts of the world.
About the Artist
Jackie Karuti is a visual artist working in the fields of painting, performance art and installation. Her paintings depict a world of opposites set within a black and yellow palette. With her gradual embrace of new media and immateriality, Jackie has incorporated a conceptual and experimental artistic approach to her work through her performance pieces and installations which collectively focus on themes such asgender, identity and urban culture. Jackie has exhibited and participated in workshops in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA. She also writes and has collaborated in various photography projects.
Her studio is based at Kuona Trust in Nairobi. You can find more of her musings on her blog
Opening night: Thursday, 13th March 2014 from 7pm
Venue: Goethe Institut, Nairobi
Date & time: Tuesday, March 11 2014 from 7 pm
Venue: Vineyard, Rhapta Road Westlands
DJ Set’s by: DJ Satelite – Luanda, Trust the DJ – Johannesburg, Afrologic – Lagos and Just a Band – Nairobi
Performance by: Fena Gitu & Wangechi
TEN CITIES is coming back to Nairobi. After last year’s pumping warehouse concert in April, it’s time for another episode. Therefore we are inviting TEN CITIES participants from sub-Sahara Africa creating a unique night-out experience Nairobi hasn’t seen before. Expect diverse and raving DJ sets from Afrologic(Lagos), Trust The DJ(Johannesburg), DJ Satelite(Luanda) and Just A Band (Nairobi) that will navigate you through genres like Kuduro, Kwaito, Afro Beat, Dub, House, Techno and much more.
TEN CITIES is a music and research project that brings together musicians and writers from ten cities in Africa and Europe. The project initiates music production and details the unwritten history of club culture in Cairo, Johannesburg, Luanda, Lagos and Nairobi as well as in Berlin, Bristol, Kyiv, Lisbon and Naples. TEN CITIES is a process, focusing on creating and producing, carried forward by travels and visits. During this process, the project aims to create networks that are open and involves a constantly increasing number of participants.
Find more information about TEN CITIES at: www.ten-cities.com
The State of Female Justice in Kenya presented by One Billion Rising Kenya
Date: March 7, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
One billion rising is an all-inclusive, non partisan group working to address impunity and the lack of accountability as significant factors in the perpetuation of violence against women.
This Forum will focus attention on issues of justice for survivors of gender violence and how to end the rampant impunity. One Billion Rising is motivated by the belief that the justice system affects citizens’ lives in a multitude of ways and that the contributions of an engaged populace are necessary for a strong community.
Entertainment by Juma Tutu & the Band
Date: Friday 28 February
Venue: Tamambo Village Market
Time: from 8.30 pm
Entry: Kshs 200
Tickets available at Muthaiga Golf Club and Karen Golf Club from March 1, 2014. You can also buy the tickets at the gates on the match days.
2013 Kenya Open
Find more info here
Featuring performance by Nile Project Artists who will also be performing on Sunday at Safaricom Jazz Festival.
This month’s edition is the Look Good feel Good edition. Being a stay at home mum doesn’t mean that we sit at home in old tees and torn clothes. Come get insights from industry experts on how to maintain your image even after the children.
To RSVP call 0708752575 or email email@example.com
Rewind Fast Forward – our forum theatre project moderated by Dr. Njoki Ngumi – returns this Saturday February 22nd, 2pm – 5pm at the NEST with “Money”. How do you negotiate for better pay or get what you are owed?
Join our amazing interactive theatre cast of Maina Olwenya, Millicent Ogutu and Sam Psenjen in exploring these conflict-prone zones, oppressive components and politics of paying and getting paid.
Entry is free!
The Songwriter’s Lounge Presents Andrew Wambua, Feb. 22 2014 @ Creatives Garage Resource Centre – Greenhouse Mall
A new star is born, The Songwriter’s Lounge… A place where lyricism is brought to life in song.
Too often the art and skill of lyric writing and developing the written piece into a song has been under valued. The songwriters lounge has come to change all that and to provide an opportunity for musicians who are writers and non-musicians who are enthusiasts to come together and share beautiful moments in a small intimate setting ( 70 pax gig).
This first edition features Singer – Songwriter ANDREW WAMBUA born and raised in Nairobi Kenya. Wambua started his own band, Afrology, in 2008 and has since graced various stages such as Nairobi’s premier event Blankets & Wine, Thursday Night Live at Choices, Penya Nairobi Panda Sauti among others.
He released his first single “Nipe Pendo” mid last year (Get a free mp3 of the single here) and is currently half-way into the recording of his debut album Dreams Come True
Join us as we endeavor to bring songwriting to life in Kenya…
VENUE: Creatives Garage Resource Centre, Greenhouse Mall, Adams Arcade, 2nd Floor, Suite 14
DATE: February 22nd 2014
ENTRY: Ksh. 500 (LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Call 0722626169 for tickets
Admission is free of charge and the movie screening is open to all film fans.
Next Screening: Tombstones for the Fireflies
Date: Saturday, 22nd February 2014
Gates Open: 1:30pm
Venue: Japan Information & Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan, Mara Road, Upper Hill
In June 1945 during the air raid in Kobe, Seita and his sister Setsuko lose their mother as a result of an incendiary bomb raid. As their father has been out of contact since he had gone off to war, the brother and sister are taken in by a distant relative in Nishinomiya. Unable to stand the ill-treatment by their aunt, Seita and Setsuko move into a bomb shelter to live alone together. As the war worsens, Setsuko gradually wastes away. Seita cheers Setsuko and tries his best to survive while reminding himself of their kind mother, strict father, and the peaceful days only a few months back. Finally, the day of Japan’s defeat arrives.
In order to attend the movie screening, kindly note that it will be necessary to register beforehand. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020-2898510. Deadline for registration is Friday, 21st February, 4:30pm. If you plan to attend the movie with a friend(s), please provide us with your friend’s name when you register for yourself.
Out of Town: Black History Month 2014 Film Screenings, Every Saturday this Month @ Paa ya Paa Arts Centre
February 8, 2014 – 12 Years a Slave
February 15, 2014 – Mandela: long Walk to Freedom
February 22, 2014 – The Butler
March 1, 2014 – Maafa 21 in 21st Century America
Moderated discussion follows each viewing.
Celebrations: Kenya at 50 Celebrations by Kenyatta University – Reflection of an Era, Feb. 15 2014 @ National Theatre
Journey through Kenyan music over the last 50 years, presented by students past and present, of Kenyatta University.
The show will be at the Kenya National Theatre on Saturday February 15th at 3 & 6.30 pm. Tickets are Kshs 500/-.
Special Appearances by: John Nzenze, Joseph Kamaru, Otieno Aloka, J.B. Maina, Eric Wainaina and Wahu.
This February 20th, 2-5pm at Shalom House, Craft Afrika will be talking all about craft fairs with the names behind the best of them in Nairobi:
- Kealleigh Bell- Ngong Racecourse Christmas Fair
- Caroline Mbindyo- Bizarre Bazaar Craft Festival
- Lynette Anderson- Nairobi Fashion Market
- Claire Niala- Waldorf Eco Fair
Take a break from work and come through to the ONLY such networking forum for crafters! Share ideas and information, exchange resources and learn from the best in the craft fair business.
PLUS we are giving you an opportunity to show and tell. If you have a product that you would like to get feedback on- this is your chance! Indeed, given how busy these four ladies are, this is an opportunity you DO NOT want to miss.
Register here for free
Join Kuona Trust for a special Open Day event at Tafaria Castle & Country Lodge, in their new outreach center located in Nyahururu. Mingle and interact with the current artists in residence, Cyrus Kabiru & Kevin Oduor who will be showcasing work made during their 2 month residency.
The theme of the day is Celebrating the role of the teacher. Also featuring: Tour around the castle, art sale and art display, Performances by Mufasa the King and Namatsi
Food & drinks on sale
For more information, please call 0721262326 or 0733742752
Find more info at www.busaramusic.org
Feb. 13 Protest + Special Sermon by Rev. Timothy Njoya on the State of Nation, Feb. 13 2014 @ Outside Parliament
Agenda: Insecurity, Unemployment, Corruption, Poverty, Sick at 50, Culture of Impunity and Mutilation of the constitution.
Special Sermon by Rev. Dr. Timothy Njoya on the State of the Nation
Performances by: Sarabi Band and Anto NeoSoul + many other acts
Come with a Kenyan Flag and a roll of tissues.
Valentines Special: 14 Kinds of Lovers feat. Liron & Michel Ongaro, Feb. 14 2014 @ the Smith – Magadi Road
Date: February 14, 2014
Venue: the Smith, Magadi Road
Time: 7 pm till late
Reservations: 0705625356 / 0736729681, email@example.com
Kenyan Cupid: ‘Kenya’s premier valentine’s day event’ and will be hosted at Waridi Paradise Apartment Hotel, Hurlingham this year. The show will run from 7- 11pm featuring a showcase by six designers, exhibitors & music performances. Tickets are going for Kshs 3000 inclusive of dinner (buffet).
For tickets, call: Steve 0724169522
Mobile East Africa, the East African edition of the most progressive and interactive mobile focused events in Sub-Saharan Africa, is primed to once again be the leading mobile focused conference in the region this year.
The event will feature the very best local and international speakers from organisations including IBM, Safaricom, Jumia Kenya, iHub, Virtual City, FrontlineSMS, Praekelt, SAP and Airtel.
World-renowned mobile expert Tomi Ahonen will deliver a special address during the main conference, as well as a dedicated full-day workshop on Friday, February 14th.
Dates: 12th – 14th February 2014
Time: 9am to 5pm daily
Venue: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi, Kenya
Vist their Website for more information
Date: February 10, 2014
Venue: Ukumbi Mdogo, Kenya Cultural Centre
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This one day sale is your perfect opportunity to buy an affordable art piece from your favorite artist as well as get that special person a gift they will treasure for a long time to come. Art is a way of expressing how we feel.
Show you’re loved how you feel this valentine by buying them an exceptional gift from our line-up of vendors who include Micheal Soi, Rift Valley Leather, Sidai Jewellery, Craft Afrika, Mali ya Mali, Wazawazi, Adorn Me and many more.
There will be various activities for one to join in such making of hand- made cards, order your portraits done by our skilled artists , purchase engraved glass from a master glass artist, have your photos taken by professionals in our one of a kind photo booth and get them custom framed.
Date: Saturday 8th February 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 10 am – 4pm
Also, enjoy good music, food and drinks as you encounter a unique shopping experience.
Book Launch: Contact Zones NRB 08 – Invisible Stories from Kenya’s Queer Community, Feb. 5 2014 @ Goethe Institut
“Being gay is not a crime in Kenya. However, there is still the penal code that outlaws homosexual acts or ‘acts against the order of nature’ between men. The new constitution does offer some hope, by being all inclusive and respecting the rights of all minorities, thanks to having the Bill of Human Rights enshrined in what has been described as Kenya’s best constitution. This is a huge step for the queer community and movement in Kenya. But cases of blackmail, harassment, assault, incidents of ‘corrective rape’, extortion and reports of suicide still occur. Kenya may offer a relatively more open space for the queer community but it is not out of the woods yet. Homophobia still exists and, unfortunately, the queer community is not given the space to tell their stories or even determine how they want to be depicted in the public eye.” Kevin Mwachiro
Invisible is a Kenyan story made up of many tales. Although the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity is a very controversial topic in Kenya, the queer community has recently struggled to make itself more visible. Kenyan activists vocally campaign against discrimination and for the respect of the dignity of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex individuals. As a journalist and activist, Kevin Mwachiro has taken on the task of collecting stories from this community. Talking to the young or the old, city dwellers or men and women in the countryside, the poor or the rich, Mwachiro has transcribed the accounts of men and women who have chosen to remain true to themselves despite the many odds that they have faced. Invisible is an exploration of their respective journeys.
The book is published in collaboration with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and the Gay Kenya Trust, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
About the Author
Born in 1973, Kevin Mwachiro has lived and worked in Nairobi for most of his life. After attending the city’s Daystar University, he later went on to study at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, where he attained an MA in Radio Production. He has worked as a radio journalist and producer in Kenya, Uganda and the United Kingdom and as a correspondent for the BBC World Service. Kevin Mwachiro is a member of the gay activist community. He volunteered at the now defunct TOMIK (The Other Man in Kenya) and more recently at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya and the Gay Kenya Trust.
About the Book Series
The Kenyan publishing industry largely focuses on school textbooks and NGO-sponsored publications. Two sectors are completely left out: Art catalogues and intellectual perspectives on social reality in Kenya. Local publishers being market economy driven and purely profit oriented have little interest in books on such subjects. For this reason, the best intellectual input from Kenya has remained unpublished, and even the most notable Kenyan artists have no publications on them. Contributions from East Africa are missing in the increasingly globalised intellectual discourse and art scene. There is a shortage of texts on what would be called ‘contact zones’; zones, in which global and local artists, critics and audiences meet, dialogue and (re)produce new experiences and meanings of the art world and social reality.
The book series Contact Zones NRB pays tribute to the developments that have shaped the art scene globally and intellectual discourse over the last decades, especially of postcolonial life in the countries of the region and their relationship to the rest of the world. Emerging from local specific perspective the series is largely dedicated to the protagonists of the East African artistic, activist and intellectual scenes. The spectrum ranges from art projects and cultural practice to knowledge production and political interventions.
Contact Zones NRB is published by the Goethe-Institut Nairobi in conjunction with Native Intelligence, an organization founded by Tom Odhiambo (literary/cultural/media scholar) and Parselelo Kantai (journalist and activist). Contact Zones NRB publishes texts that are not likely to be taken up by other local and international publishers.
More information: www.contact-zonbes-nrb.com
Science Café: Water in Heritage & Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Marsabit County, Feb. 5 2014 @ Alliance Française
Screening and presentation of the documentary ‘Conflict over water in the Singing Wells’ by Christine Adongo and Benoît Hazard, researchers from the Kenyatta University and the School for Advanced Studies in Social Science (EHESS), will precede discussions on natural resource management in Northern Kenya. Experts from the French Agency for Development and UNESCO will share information on the biodiversity conservation project in Northern Kenya as well as the hopes and challenges associated with the recent discovery of water aquifers in Turkana.
A representative from the Marsabit County Executive Committee for Water, Environment and Natural Resources will present their vision on social services development in Marsabit.
Find more info here
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