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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
Exhibition: by Salah Elmur – Sudan & Soad Abdel Rassoul – Egypt, Feb. 23 – Apr. 6 2014 @ Red Hill Art Gallery
Dates: Until April 6, 2014
Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery
Location: Off Limuru Road, Off Julian’s Lane [13 Km’s from Village Market]
Exhibition of new works by Mary Ogembo
Mary Ogembo‘s work is inspired by the African woman. She depicts the beauty and daily activities of the woman, and overlooks the negative stereotype placed on the African woman.
Her paintings are very rich with vibrant Earth colors, usually associated with Africa and the background pretty much relates to the subject and brings about the state of the environment. Her subject forms are exaggerated in some areas, which give the paintings a naive look.
Mary Ogembo’s paintings have been collected by The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, The Standard Chartered Bank UK and Casoria museum in Naples Italy.
She has also held successful exhibitions outside Kenya in the following countries; France, USA, Egypt, Canada, Finland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Germany and Lithuania.
Afro Jazz Lovers Edition with Ricky na Marafiki feat. Fadhilee & Lisa, Feb. 25 2014 @ Alliance Française
Ricky and Marafiki band will be headlining yet again at an evening of Afro jazz night.
The event which happens every last Tuesday of the month at the Alliance Française, sees afro jazz musicians and listeners acquire platform to share and enjoy music and good company.
This edition dubbed –The lover’s edition will be a celebration of the month of love and love in general. some of the Other performances to expect are Fadhilee Itulya and Lisa OduorNoah
All the Ladies in the house receive a rose flower and the best dressed couple will receive a surprise gift from Ricky na marafiki.
Venue : Alliance Françoise Auditorium
Date : Tuesday 25thFebruary
Time : 6-9 pm
Charges: 500 Ksh
For tickets and reservations call 0728642411
Mr Charles Ireland was appointed Group Managing Director & CEO in April 2013. Prior to this appointment, he was the Managing Director of Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB).
A Temps Noir production co-written by Elikia M’Bokolo, historian and media commentator, Philippe Sainteny, journalist and former editor-in-chief of Radio France Internationale directed by Alain Ferrari
Dates: October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2013 – Every Monday in the month of October
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Mon. 7 Oct.: 1885 – 1944: Twilight of the White Man
Mon. 14 Oct.: 1945 – 1964: The African Storm
Mon. 21 Oct.: 1965 – 1989: The Reign of single parties
Mon. 28 Oct.: 1990 – 2010: The Chaotic adventures of Democracy
This acclaimed documentary series ‘Africa(s), History of a Continent’ relives the last hundred years of Africa’s history in the voices of African personalities who in one way or another participated in the continent’s reawakening and its entry into the 21st century.
The series has been constructed from interviews with leading African personalities and from unique and previously unseen archival footage. The documentaries take the viewers back into the past of a forgotten continent, from the upheaval of the colonial era to the great experiments with democracy and African unity, passing through the ferment of independence movements and civil wars, the turmoil of crisis and cultural renewal. History of the continent told from an African point of view.
In the words of the Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe: “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter…”
What to expect: Great music from Abbi & friends [highly recommended]
Exhibition: Hamsini [Fifty] by William Wambugu, Sept. 19 – Oct. 18 2013 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
Exhibition Dates: Until October 18, 2013
The exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of our work in the field of contemporary art. Since 2008, Goethe Institut Nairobi has exhibited more than 30 artists, the last being a performance by Jackie the 3rd.
They continue this series with William Wambugu, a young emerging artist who uses drawing and sketch as medium. William was trained at an art and design school and attended workshops where he forged his strong individual style. In his work he explores his personal world and perceptions and deducts out of each detail a universal comprehension of the world he is living in.
According to the exhibition’s curator Samantha Ripa di Meana, William is a meticulous observer who is inspired by people and circumstances, but more precisely by objects that surround him. She describes his images as delicate and simple which at the same time have strength and great creativity.
For the first time in his career, William is creating an installation merging all the works he has produced up to now. This exhibition presents for the first time a variety of his self-made scrap books. William uses all kinds of print products that he gets hold of on which he attaches newspaper articles, adverts, drawings and paintings that add a new meaning to the original book.
Presented in the way the street book vendors trade their goods, “William gives to the audience his personal view and perception like a kaleidoscope of humankind” says Samantha.
Nairobi Now has 3 pairs of tickets for the Earthdance Nairobi to give away this week.
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Date: 14 September, 2013 – 15 September, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 AM
Location: Ngong Racecourse Nairobi
Tickets: 2500/- advance and 3500/- at the door.
Line up will include:
PROFESSOR (SA, LIVE ACT feat DJ Mngane and Character)
Raj el Rey
Dj barney barrow
Dj Donnaccia (Eugenio)
Broken Switch (SA)
for more info: Earthdance Nairobi facebook page
Date: July 21, 2013
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House, Waiyaki Way.
Time: 2 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: 400 Ksh in advance. At the gate the tickets all cost 500 Ksh. Tickets can be booked via MPesa on 0722554372.
Attack Of The Shidas is about children from different communities in Kenya who realize that the only way to save their community, that is being threatened by a disastrous water shortage, is by overcoming their differences. The play is a great mixture of music, dance and theatre. As Kenyans from all ages will recognise the theme of the play, it is also a real family performance; so bring your children! Language used is a mixture of English and Swahili.
The Theatre Company brings you Kenyan talent, professionally trained at facilities around the country in performances created by Kenyan writers. Come and be inspired by this lively play.
Performances by: Zakes Bantwini, Juma Tutu, Kagwe Mungai & Jason Okumu
NAI NI WHO FESTIVAL goes to Muthaiga, Karura and Gigiri
Dates: June 29 – July 5, 2013
Nature Lovers: Get to visit the Karura Forest and experience beautiful sites such as waterfalls, caves and birdlife on Saturday and Sunday (Fees charged on entry).
For a taste of art: Visit the One-Off Gallery on Saturday, have coffee and interact with the artists as you get to check out the artwork.
Performances by Maia Von Lekow and Band
CISP in collaboration with the Malindi community, the local authorities and the private sector under the patronage of the Italian Cooperation presents the 3rd edition of the Malindi Music Festival for Children on 1st December at the Old Sinbad Hotel Grounds.
Come join us, it is a free event with a rich menu to entertain!
It is a celebration of culture and ethnic diversity through art and music to promote PEACE. Starts with a children’s exhibition on art and poetry followed by an electrifying music concert by Eric Wainaina, Juliani, Nazizi and MADCA.
3:00 pm: Peace Parade
Peace Parade starts from Malindi Stadium to the Old Sinbad Hotel
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Children Art Exhibition
Exhibition of art, drama and poetry by children on Peace at Old Sinbad, Lamu Road (next to Casino)
8:30 pm to 11:00 pm: Music Concert
Live performance by Eric Wainaina, Juliani, Nazizi and MADCA at Old Sinbad, Lamu Road (next to Casino)
Date: October 22, 2012
Venue: Education Building – ED II
Location: University of Nairobi, Main Campus
Presentation by: Antoinette Sayah, Director – African Department, IMF and Sean Nolan, Deputy Director – Africa Department, IMF
Maintaining Growth in an uncertain world
Structural transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Watch the seminar/Press Briefing: IMF Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa here
To celebrate the African novel and its adaptability and resilience, Kwani Trust announces a one-off new literary prize for African writing. The Kwani? Manuscript Project calls for the submission of unpublished fiction manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora. The prize seeks fresh, original work that explores and challenges the possibilities of the novel.
Viva Riva won Best Picture (Africa) at the MTV Movie Awards and a record breaking 6 awards at the African Movie Academy Awards,
It’s garnered accolades from film critics around the world and has prompted comparisons of Director Djo Munga to Quentin Tarantino & Guy Ritchie.
Find out more here; http://www.facebook.com/events/242270282556382/
Full programme and synopsis of all movies available on the Alliance Francaise website:
The Space is a new TV show that targets strategic use of cultural actors and arts as a critical voice in pertinent issues affecting the lives of young Kenyans. Featuring Mwafrika and Kaz, it launches on NTV this Saturday the 28th, at 6:00pm. The show provides a unique platform for artists and young people across Kenya to tackle issues affecting them through artistic performances as well as open conversation. With riveting live performances in music, dance, percussions, circus, spoken word and comedy this is not a show to be missed. Artistes have become alternative centres of influence, Let’s see how these role models tackle life’s broader issues to enable Kenya’s youth lead productive lives.
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