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Sawa Sawa Festival 2014, Dec. 5-6 2014 @ Sarakasi Dome – Opp. Ngara Post Office

Sawa Sawa Festival
The 8th edition of the Sawa Sawa Festival will take place on 5 and 6 December 2014 at the Sarakasi Dome, with the opening VIP Party on Friday night 5 December and a day and night event on Saturday 6 December.

Find more information here or contact Sarakasi Trust on Tel. +254722814133 or email

November 28, 2014 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Screening: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Nov. 10-14 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Dates: November 10-14, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entrance Free

All films will be followed by a panel discussion

Mon. 10 November: ‘Big Men’ by Rachel Boynton, 2013, 99 min (US)

A cautionary tale about the toll of American oil investment in West Africa, Big Men reveals the secretive worlds of both corporations and local communities in Nigeria and Ghana.

Panelists: John Githongo (INUKA Trustee), Gladwell Otieno (AFRICOG) and Paul Goldsmith

Moderator: Otsieno Namwaya (Human Rights Watch)

Tue. 11 November: ‘Private Violence’ Tue. 11 Nov. by Cynthia Hill, 2013, 81 min (US)

Private Violence follows the story of two survivors who have left their abusers only to face systems that fail, judge, marginalize and blame them for the violence to which they have been subjected.

Panelists: Christine Ochieng (FIDA-Kenya) and Prof. Wambui Mwangi

Moderator: Monica Tabengwa (Human Rights Watch)

Wed. 12 November: ‘Born this Way’ by Shaun Kadlec & Deb Tullmann, 2012, 84 min (Cameroon)

The film follows the lives of four gay Cameroonians. Lyrical imagery, devastating homophobia, the influence of western culture and a hiddencamera courtroom drama mysteriously coalesce into a story of what is possible in the global fight for equality

Panelists: Njeri Gatheru (National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission) and Neela Ghoshal (Human Rights Watch)

Thu. 13 November: ‘A Quiet Inquisition’ by Alessandra Zeka & Holen Sabrina Kahn, 2014, 65 min (US)

At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients or taking a risk and providing the care that she knows can save a woman’s life.

Panelists: Evelyne Opondo (Center for Reproductive Rights) and Dr Joachim Osur (Amref Health Africa)

Moderator: Laetitia Bader (Human Rights Watch)

Friday 14 November ‘Watchers of the Sky’ by Edet Belzberg, 2011, 114 min (US)

The film interweaves five stories of remarkable courage; compassion and determination taking one on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.

Panelists: Muthoni Wanyeki (Amnesty International) and Dr. Godfrey Musila, law lecturer (University of Nairobi)

Moderator: Hanan Salah (Human Rights Watch)

November 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

Human Rights Festival, Nov. 10-14 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Dates: November 10-14, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm
Entrance Free

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.

The 4th edition in Nairobi will bring to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

All films will be followed by a panel discussion.

November 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

The 2014 Japanese Cultural Festival: Celebrating 40 Years of JICC in Kenya, Nov. 1 2014 @ Japan Information & Culture Centre (Embassy of Japan)

Japan in Kenya
The Japan Information & Culture Centre would like to invite you for the 2014 Japanese Cultural Festival which will be held on Saturday, 1st November 2014.
The details of the Festival are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 1st November 2014
Gates Open: 9:30am
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Venue: Japan Information & Culture Centre (Embassy of Japan)

The main event of this year’s Cultural Festival is Nodojiman. Nodojiman is a Japanese Singing Competition.

Other activities will include a Japanese food demonstration, Japanese food tasting, martial arts demonstration and much more.

Kindly note that seating will be available on a first come first served basis.

Due to security reasons, we would like to request you to kindly register beforehand. To register, please send an email with your name, contact details and ID Number to or call 020-2898-510 / 020-2898-511 / 020-2898-512. Deadline for registration is Friday, 31st October 2014 at 4:00pm.

October 29, 2014 at 11:56 am 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

For more information about the film screenings, please contact the organisers of the festival:

October 23, 2014 at 8:53 am 2 comments

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

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

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

First 30 Days of Halloween, Oct. 13 – Nov. 12 2014 @ Nairobi Art Centre

First 30 Days of Halloween

Find more info. on their Facebook Page

October 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

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