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Musical Play: City Fathers, Aug. 8-10 2014 @ Alliance Française

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Well…if you missed it the first time, here’s another chance to catch this captivating, humorous, intriguing Musical play that is BACK!!

…The play takes you through the journey of CITY DADS and their journey through fatherhood in the most realistic and typical way; ranging from financial obligations, tough decision making, and challenges brought about by wrong choices made earlier in life, to absentee fathers and the resolution to be the best fathers they could ever be and how this affects the women who love them. This takes the audience through a roller coaster of emotions in a captivating way.

This star studded performance will feature: Benjamin Webi, Michael Oyier and Steve Katingima.
The play is written by Seth Busolo, directed by Lucy Wache, Produced by Charity Nyambura and the music done by Benjamin Webi.

There will be 5 shows:
*Friday 8th Aug: 6 p.m and 8.30 p.m
*Saturday 9th Aug: 6 p.m
*Sunday 10th Aug: 3p.m and 6 p.m

Advance Tickets: Ksh. 800 Payable by 1st August. Pay Via Mpesa: Paybill No: 317979.
Tickets will also be on sale at the door for Ksh 1,000

July 28, 2014 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Afro-Asia in Concert feat. Afro-Simba & Jahm, Jul. 25 2014 @ Alliance Française

Afro Asia
Date: July 25, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: KES 500

July 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

Special screening: Bolívar, Man Of Difficulties by Luís Alberto Lamata, Jul. 23 2014 @ Alliance Française

Special Screening Bolívar, Man Of Difficulties by Luís Alberto Lamata presented by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Date: July 23, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 6 pm
Free Entrance

The film screening will commemorate the 231st anniversary of the birth of the Venezuelan and Latin American independence hero Simón Bolívar (24th July 1783 – 17th December 1830), who liberated the current territories of Venezuela, Colombia (then including Panamá), Ecuador, Bolivia and Perú (together with José de San Martín) from the Spanish imperial rule.

July 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Screening: La Pirogue, Jul. 21 2014 @ Alliance Francaise Auditorium

la pirogue
Date: July 21, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

The film chronicles a perilous sea voyage from Africa to Spain by 30 men and a woman in search of better prospects.

July 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Budding a Macro Journey by Larry Asego, Jul. 15-27 2014 @ Alliance Française

Budding Journey

July 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Flowing Lights by Strong Karakire from Rwanda, Jul. 9-18 2014 @ Alliance Francaise – 1st Floor Gallery

Dates: Jul 9 – 18, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise – 1st Floor Gallery
Free Entrance

Strong Karakire is a Rwandan artist-in-residence at The GoDown Arts Centre.

‘Flowing Lights’ is a body of work developed during this residency and is a reflection of his experience in Nairobi. Strong says “In my mind painting is a game full of tribulation, joy and surprise. It is collision of bits of my memory and emotions, which finally settle down on the canvas.

The creation of my painting is like an adventure; full of uncertainty. The significance of painting is that l can face my true self.”

July 4, 2014 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

Comedy: Trapped directed by Mbeki Mwalimu, Jul. 11-13 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Hilarious Comedy Fri 11 July at 6 & 8pm, Sat 12 July at 3, 6 & 8pm, Sun 13 July at 3 & 6pm at Alliance Francaise


Romantic fling with cleaner lands doctor in hot soup!

Trapped is a hilarious audience-pleasing fast-paced comedy. Its physical over-the-top makes our last show Dangerous Affairs seem like a prayer meeting by comparison. The comedy is starring Kenya’s superstars directed by Mbeki Mwalimu. The setting of Trapped is a medical hospital. A doctor (Nick Ndeda) is practicing the lecture he will deliver to an assembly of fellow gynaecologists in less than an hour. The speech’s success is vital to his career.

Interruptions abound. First it’s various other medical staff rehearsing their quartet dance routines for the Sakata Dance Competition (i.e. the cheeky Nigerian doctor played by Maina Olwenya; tough talking matron played by Yvonne Carter; the temptress – sexy and alluring nurse played by Lulu Wilson and the new intern doctor played by Henry Gitau Ngogoyo). Then a long-ago ex (Wangari Gioche), who was once a cleaner at the hospital, brings the news that she gave birth 16 years earlier to the doctor’s daughter (Janet Kirina) and that the daughter is in the hospital in search of Dad! Yes, there is his harsh wife (Rosemary Waweru), and she knows
nothing of the past liaison!

And in the spiraling chaos of deceit, false identity and manic cover-up that ensues, the mission is to avoid the daughter, pacify the ex, keep the chief specialist and hospital deputy director (Derrick Amunga) at bay and fend off various distractions, among them a patient from deep in the village excited by the goings-on (Johnson Chege) and an inquisitive police officer.

Tickets @500/=. Advance tickets on sale at only 400 bob till July 4th. Call/Mpesa-0726524124/0728130134, Airtel: 0734524124 or call 0202025811. Email:

Tickets on sale at Alliance Francaise reception, Asanand Music Shop on Moi avenue, 8to8 Mall next to Jazz Bar.

July 4, 2014 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Concert + Release of New Songs by Sarabi Band – the Kings of the Arena, Jul. 4 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Event poster

On July 4, 2014 Sarabi, Kenya’s favorite local afro-fusion band will be reclaiming the Alliance Francaise arena for a full evening dedicated to uplifting and inspiring music that aims to shed a light on current social issues. Tickets are 500ksh in advance and 800ksh at the door.

SARABI was formed in 2005 and has in the recent years proved to be one of the most promising Afro Fusion bands in Kenya. The group is made up of 8 young men hailing from the Eastlands Slums of Nairobi. All the members started playing music at an early age and have over the years worked together to create one of the most solid bands in the Kenyan music scene. Their music, made up of heavy traditional Kenyan rhythms, Benga and a blend of Western sounds has proved to be the missing link in the Afro-fusion genre of music.

Sarabi, described as “Kenya’s most sought after artists”- Vibe Weekly, have recently performed to critical acclaim at festivals and concerts including: Blankets and Wine, African Liberation Day, Doadoa Arts Market- Uganda and Nairobi Live.

On July 4, 2012 Sarabi will be performing hit songs including ‘Fuata Sheria’ featuring Juliani and for the first time – will be playing unreleased upcoming songs of peace inspired by Kenya’s current political climate. Also at the event will be Sarabi’s all new merchandise line and the band will be revealing a brand new look.

Tickets are available at the Alliance Francaise. Advance: 500KSH. At the door: 800KSH.

June 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

World Cup Screening of France vs Nigeria Match, Jun. 30 2014 @ Alliance Française

France and Ghana
Date: June 30, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: 7 pm
Entrance: Free

June 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

Screening: The Act of Killing – to mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Jun. 25 2014 @ Alliance

Act of Killing
Date: June 25, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free

June 24, 2014 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

World Cup Screening: France vs Swiss Match, Jun. 20 2014 @ Alliance Française Terrace

S and F at AF
Date: Friday, June 20 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Terrace
Time: 10 pm

June 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

World Music Day 2014 – Fête de la Musique, Jun. 21 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Fete de la
Date: Saturday, 21st
Venue: Alliance Francaise Gardens
Time: 7 pm
Entrance free

Performances by Peter Elungat, Ghetto Classics, Octave, KIU, H_Art the Band and Anto Neosoul

June 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Beatboxing World Champions, Jun. 14 2014 @ Alliance Française

Beat Box
Date: June 14, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise Gardens
Entry: Free

The 2009 World Champions of Beat Boxing, Under Kontrol, are on a Panafrican tour crisscrossing 22 African countries supported by the Institut Français (The French International Agency for Cultural Cooperation). Human Beat Boxing is the art of urban vocal percussion, imitating drum sounds and beat patterns using lips, tongue, mouth, throat, and voice. The group is made up of Mic Flow and Mister Lips, both from Marseille, Tiko from Lyon and Fayabraz from Paris.

They promise an explosive performance of 100% Beat Box.

Their performance will be preceded by a Beat Boxing battle powered by Hip Hop Hookup.

June 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Soft Vengeance – Albie Sachs & the New South Africa, Jun. 9 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Soft Vengence
Date & Time: Monday 9th June at 6 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Entry: Free

Followed by a Q&A with Albie Sachs , chaired by CJ Dr. Willy Mutunga

June 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

An Evening of Afro jazz – Legend’s Edition feat. Suzanne Gachukia & Francis Njoroge, May 27 2014 @ Alliance Francaise Auditorium

This month, Come and enjoy sounds of the best Legends in the Kenya music industry. Suzanne Gachukia and Francis Njoroge have played a very big part in shaping the music industry in Kenya. On Tuesday 27th of May from 6-9pm at Alliance Francaise Auditorium.
Experience an evening like never before for only Kshs 500
Tickets sold at the door for advance tickets call 0728642411

Also, there will be Photography done by Joel Lukhovi

May 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Screening: The Captain of Nakara, May 21 2014 @ Alliance Francaise Garden Terrace

Captain Nakara
Date: May 21 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise Garden Terrace
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 50

May 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Bridegroom for Sale by Heartstrings Entertainment, May 7-11 2014 @ Alliance Française

New Picture

May 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Portals and Trails by Justus Kyalo, May 8-31 2014 @ Alliance Française

Portals and trails
Portals and Trails by Justus Kyalo

Opening: May 5, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française

Exhibition Runs Until: May 31, 2014

Trained as an illustrator, Kyalo’s initial work was mainly figurative and he has over the years found his Alma matter in abstraction. His inspiration is drawn from a variety of media: music, colour, light, fashion and photography. Kyalo’s paintings undergo multiple variations of colour and textural juxtapositions that are reworked until they are harmonized.
This exhibition is inspired by the instinctive travel and trade among the Kamba people, retracing the Kamba’s historical trails to the Kenyan Coast where upon they encountered portals on reaching the Indian Ocean.

May 5, 2014 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

Screening + Discussion: Even the Crows – Divided Gujarat, May 5 2014 @ Alliance Française

Even the Crows
EVEN THE CROWS – A DIVIDED GUJARAT by Sheena and Sonum Sumaria. 2014, 1h18 Presented by Solidarity Network Kenya.

Date: May 5, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

At a time where the controversial Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, is running to be India’s next Prime Minister, the documentary explores the way in which his politics and Hindu nationalist ideology have polarized Gujarat along religious lines. Since the anti-Muslim riots that exploded in 2002, the Muslim minority population have been denied justice and marginalized to the ghettos.
Through the intimate stories of American-Gujarati Nishrin, whose father, a prominent Muslim MP, was butchered during the 2002 Gujarat riots, and British-Gujarati Imran, who was the sole survivor when he was attacked along with his two uncles while on holiday in the state, the film explores the minority community’s ongoing struggle for justice.

Screening will be followed by a discussion on the role of transitional justice in addressing legacies of human rights violations and consolidating democracy with Njonjo Mue, transitional justice expert.

May 5, 2014 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

The Experience 3 with Sarabi Band, May 2 2014 @ Alliance Française

E3 by Sarabi Band
Date: May 2, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 500 advance & Kshs 800 at the Gate

April 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm 1 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

Play: Borrowed Life, Apr. 11-13 2014 @ Alliance Française

Borrowed Life
Wholesome entertainment presents Borrowed Life a captivating play showing- April 11th, 12th and 13th at the Alliance Francaise. To book your tickets call 0725 040 951

Borrowed Life – Melissa, a young wife who feels trapped by her “slow husband” who has a “Poverty mentality”, decides goes to go on an unrelenting quest to move on up that eventually turns deadly.

Dates: April 11-13, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Tickets: Kshs 500


Melissa feels trapped, being married to what she considers her ‘slow’ husband. She gets even angrier when her younger friend and neighbor buys property, while they are still being held back by her husband’s “poverty mentality.” She eventually tries to “invest” behind her husband’s back; however when the politician from whom she buys prime land demands for more than she can give, Melissa finds herself thrown into a web of secrets, and nothing could have prepared her for the downward spiral her life gets into, as her unrelenting quest to move on up turns deadly.

To book your tickets call 0725 040 951
Lipa na Mpesa number 317979

Written by Seth Busolo, Directed by May Wairimu, Produced by Daisy Busolo and Samuel Kyama, Stage manager Charity Nyambura

Tickets also available at Alliance Francaise

April 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Movie Launch: Ni Kuruka Maisha, Apr. 8 2014 @ Alliance Française

Kuruka Maisha Film
Date: April 8, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6.30 pm

About the film
Nairobi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. A large part of the city’s population lives in informal settlements like Lungalunga, Mathare and Kibera.

Kuruka Maisha foundation, a performing arts academy, has worked with street families in Nairobi for over eight years, learning a lot about the phenomenon of urban youth at risk in that process. Some of them share their stories in this film. Portrayed characters and crew share the same social background. Through this film, the producers share their experience, triumphs and challenges.

Through the authentic dreams, struggles and aspirations of youth, Mwelu and Kuruka Maisha show us a dynamic Kenya, way beyond the assumptions and cynicism we see too often. Street children as any of us dare to dream.

April 2, 2014 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Opportunity/Call for Artists: Art Against Poverty, by Apr. 8 2014

Art Against Poverty A3
CEFA Kenya and Cultural Video Foundation are looking for artists interested in starting a 2 year journey that involves training, enhancing their visibility skills and marketing their art.

The Categories are;

1. Visual Arts
2. Music
3. Dance
4. Performing Arts
5. Literary Art
6. Art Therapy
7. Art Teaching

Call for Artists
Deadline for filling an application: April 8, 2014

How to Apply
Send 3 samples of your work, CV & motivational letter

Application Drop off Points
1. Physical Drop off Points: Italian Institute of Culture – Westlands, Goethe Institut Nairobi, Alliance Francaise
2. Soft Copy:

Terms & Conditions: To apply you should be 18-35 years old and based in Nairobi

Download the poster here CALL FOR ARTISTS

March 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: Sex and the City by Michael Soi, John Kamicha & Thom Ogonga, Apr. 3-27 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Sex and the City
An exhibition of New work revolving around the Nairobi night life by Michael Soi, John Kamicha & Thom Ogonga

Opening: April 3 2014 at 6 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise

Runs until: April 27, 2014

March 27, 2014 at 2:27 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

Comedy: Bridegroom for Sale, Mar. 26-30 2014 @ Alliance Française

Bridegroom for sale
Comedy powerhouse, Heartstrings Entertainment crashes back with yet another massive comedy hit show Bridegroom for Sale directed by Sammy Mwangi

Dates: 26th – 30th March 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Times: 6.30 pm weekdays, 3 & 6.30 pm weekends
Charges: Kshs 500
For tickets call: 0722 0737745541, Paybill No.: 747722

March 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

Ricky na Marafiki Afro Jazz Divas Edition, Mar. 25 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Ricky na Marafiki
Date: March 25, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 6-9 pm
Tickets: Kshs 500

March 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Tablatronic from Réunion Island, March 21 2014 @ Alliance Française

Tablatronic at Alliance

March 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

1st Riverwood Academy Awards Gala, Mar. 15 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

1st Riverwood Academy Awards Gala

March 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

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