International Day for Monuments and Sites: Free Entry to All Museum by Kenyan Citizens, Apr. 18 2014

April 18, 2014 which coincides with Good Friday is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, a UNESCO World Heritage Day marked annually around the world. This day, held each year around the world is usually marked by having different types of activities, including but not limited to visits to monuments and heritage attractions sites.

The aim of this day is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.

The National Museum of Kenya will be marking this day by offering FREE admission to ALL museums for Kenyan Citizens.

Find more information on their Facebook Event page

April 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Journey of the Mask by Lionel Garang, Apr. 17-27 2014 @ Kuona Trust

The Journey of the Mask
Kuona Trust is pleased to announce Lionel Garang’s first solo exhibition, The Journey of the Mask. The exhibition is a reflection of the artist’s multifaceted and complex view surrounding the culture of Masks.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday April 14, 2014 at 6pm
Venue: Kuona Trust

Exhibition Runs Until: April 27, 2014

About the exhibition
The mask as an artifact has been an important part of societies all around the world serving different purposes, which range from rituals, war armor and aesthetic purpose.

Although masks have evolved through time,they still retained the power to enchant viewers of all ages and backgrounds. They elevate and inspire one’s imagination and seem to take on a life of their own.

In an intimate installation that explores the Journey of The Mask, the artist is interested in moving the audience from the common dark stereotypes that masks are associated with, particularly in Africa, and presenting it as a decorative contemporary piece of artwork.

About the Artist
Lionel Garang was born in Kenya and started out his career as a painter.He was later introduced to sculpture which he fully embraced developing sculptures from fiber mart, resin, wood and metal. He has participated in several group exhibitions and had his work published in the Kenya Art Diary and the Nairobi ‘Up’ lifestyle magazine.

Garang currently has his studio at Kuona Trust Art Centre where he practices as a full time artist.

April 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm 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).

Website: http://romeo9.com/

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

Exhibition: Mentor & the mentored by Amimo Kala & Tobiko Simon, Apr. 12-30 2014 @ National Museum

Mentor & the mentored by Amimo Kala & Tobiko Simon

Mentor & the mentored by Amimo Kala & Tobiko Simon


Starting this weekend at the Nairobi National Museum, a three week exhibition by art tutor Amimo Kala and art student Tobiko Simon.

Both are inspired by nature, the social space around them and early memories. Amimo exhibits sculptures mainly in Kisii stone that are influenced by his structured life as a teacher while Tobiko, influenced by the 19th century landscape artist John Constable, explores the vast Kaputei plains where he roamed in his early childhood as a herds boy.

Dates: April 12-30, 2014
Venue: National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

April 12, 2014 at 2:51 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 seminars@biea.ac.uk or call +254 735 260 004

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

Abstract
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

Out of Town: 2nd Edition of the Hakuna Matata Festival, Apr. 19 2014 @ the Machakos Peoples Recreational Park

Hakuna Matata
The second edition of The Hakuna Matata Festival promises to be one for the books. Going down this Easter Saturday April 19th in Kenya’s most progressive county, Machakos at The Machakos Peoples Recreational Park.

A performance Line Up of epic Proportions is in store for everybody. The Dj Line up is out and on the night the following Chief Rockers will be on hand to keep you moving: CodeRED Dj Stylez, Creme De La Creme, Dj Protege Kenya and Deejay Crossfade

Live Performers will be: Ken wa Maria, SARABI, Fena and Scott The Violinist

The entertainment line up is a perfect mix of genres that have stood out in the Kenyan music scene and so you are guaranteed to leave feeling satisfied.

Tickets: Kshs 2000 at the Gate

April 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Thursday Nite Live feat. Dela, Apr. 17 2014 @ Choices – Baricho Road

Dela April 17th 2014 TNL Flyer
Date: April 17, 2014
Venue: Choices, Baricho Road
Time: 8-11 pm
Entry: No Cover Charge

April 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

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