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7th E. African Arts Summit: Incorporating 10 years of the GoDown, Nov. 21-23 2013 @ Various Venues

the East African Arts Summit
Where is East Africa headed? Socio-political, Economic, Cultural and Technological outlook for coming decades, and their implications for culture and the arts

The 7th Edition of the East Africa Arts Summit will take place from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd November in Nairobi, Kenya. It comes at a time of milestone anniversaries in the region. Most East African nations are marking or have recently marked 50 years of Independence, while at the same time, several influential arts organizations in the region celebrate their contribution to a decade of significant change for East Africa’s cultural sector.

As part of The GoDown Arts Centre’s celebration of ten years of diverse events and activities, it invites regional colleagues, artists and arts organizations to reflect on possible future scenarios for East Africa.
The discussions, framed within socio-political, economic, cultural and technological contexts will examine potential prospects, and challenges. The GoDown will also share its ten-year journey in the regional sector, highlighting its perceptions and indicating notable issues for the arts in coming years.

Sparking off the discussion will be keynote speakers envisioning possible directions for East Africa based on current developments; East African Community integration; increasing political awareness by regional citizens; oil, gas and mineral deposits in East Africa; burgeoning youth population and unemployment; urbanization; a growing middle class; infrastructural developments–mobile telephony, fibre-optic installation, rail, road and ports; East African innovators, etc –followed by round-table discussions by all participants around key themes on the place and purpose of the arts within these possible futures.

Events open to the Public: The GoDown Gig – Celebrating the 10 years of the GoDown
the GoDown Gig
Date: November 23, 2013
Venue: the GoDown Arts Centre
Time: 5 pm till dawn

Performances by: Sarabi, Iddi Achieng and Makadem
On the Decks: DJ Kafi

November 18, 2013 at 10:09 am 1 comment

Nai Ni Who? A Celebration of Nairobi Neighbourhoods, May 11-17 2013 @ Zone 2

Dates: May 11-17, 2013
Venues: Mater hospital, Railway Museum, Strathmore University, Mukuru Promotion Centre, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication & Technical University of Kenya
Zone 2 Hoods: The GoDown, Kaburini- RailGolf, NrbWest, SouthB/C, Mukuru- Railway- Muthurwa

May 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm 8 comments

The GoDownGig with Nina Ogot, Afrosimba Band & Anto NeoSoul, Feb 2 2013 @ GoDown


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Call for Submissions: Manjano – Nairobi County Visual Arts Exhibition 2013 – until Mar 15 2013

A call for artistic expressions: painting, sculpture and mixed media, for the annual Manjano Exhibition.  Work should aim to present creative expression that explores the human interests aspect of the city of Nairobi – Nairobians in their diverse settings, neighborhoods and lifestyles, at work, at play, etc.

1.      A maximum of 2 pieces of work may submitted for selection in the Manjano Exhibition

2.      The works should have been executed within the course of last year (i.e. since January 2012 and not any earlier).

3.      Works may be submitted under any of the following 2 categories: Student or Practicing Artist.

4.      Selected works will hang in the Manjano Exhibition and shall be judged. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 positions in each category.

5.      Deadline for submission of works is March 15 2013. Works should be submitted at the GoDown Arts Centre, Dunga Rd, next to Giro Bank.


Please note that work that has been previously submitted to other editions will not be accepted

Manjano is organized under the auspices of the GoDown Arts Centre. For further enquiries contact:

Manjano Committee c/o Lima Mbai 555227, 555770


January 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Classics at the GoDown, Nov 3 2012 @ GoDown

The Kenya Conservatoire and the GoDown Arts Centre present Classics at the GoDown on 3rd November 2012 at the GoDown from 7.00pm. It will feature performances by The Nairobi Chamber Chorus directed by Ken Wakia, The Kenya Conservatoire of Music Orchestra conducted by Levi Wataka, Cantus in Choro and others.

Tickets are Ksh.300. Advanced tickets can be bought at the GoDown Arts Centre.

October 26, 2012 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Dance Performance: Chrysalides, Oct 12 2012 @ GoDown Arts Centre


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The Conservatoire Orchestra Concert, Jul 1 2012 @ GoDown Arts Centre

The Kenya Conservatoire of Music cordially invites you to a concert that will be hosted by its Orchestra on Sunday 1st July, 2012 at 3:00pm at The GoDown Arts Center (off Dunga Road next to Car and General).

The concert is a farewell Tribute to some of our members who will be leaving the country to go and study or work abroad, among them Nieves Carellan who plays the Oboe and Prashant Fernandez who plays the Oboe and Bassoon.

Performances will include, among others, Popular Music selections arranged for the Orchestra such as Taio Cruz’s Dynamite, some pieces by smaller ensembles, as well as various vocal selections by Cantus in Choro who were finalists in the recently televised Kiss TV Choir  Competition.

Ticket costs are as follows: Adults 400/=   Children (12 year and below) 300/= All tickets will be sold at the door.

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For The Love of Somali (FLoS) Presents Community Day, May 13 2012 @GoDown Arts Center

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Exhibit: Kenya Burning, Jan 30 2012 – end of Mar 2012 @ The GoDown

The GoDown gallery will be hosting the “Kenya Burning Exhibition” from Monday 30th January 2012 for two months. The Exhibition revisits the gruesome images of the 2008 post election violence, lest we forget. For more information on the exhibit:

The GoDown is also preparing for its first of several convenings on the theme NAIROBI- an exploration of its origins, highlighting how culture and the arts have, and continue to contribute to the formation and life of the city. A group of 20 participants will kick start this conversation on Monday 30th January 2012.

January 27, 2012 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Call for Artworks, until Jan 27 2012 @ The GoDown

The GoDown is calling for artworks from visual artists based in Nairobi for the annual Manjano competition. The exhibition is running under the theme “Nairobi”. The works should be submitted under the categories of practicing and student artists with cash prizes being awarded for the top 3 positions in each category. Deadline for submission of works is 27th January 2012. The Exhibition will open at the Village Market  on 16th February 2012 and run until the 26th of February.

Artists’ expressions in paintings, sculptures and mixed media are invited on the theme “Nairobi” for the annual Manjano Exhibition. The theme aims to draw out artistic expression that explores the diverse aspects the city of Nairobi – its people, the city environs and urbanscapes, the colours, textures and moods of Nairobi, the activities and lifestyles of its inhabitants, feelings the city evokes, etc. Here are the rules for the submissions:

1. A maximum of 2 pieces of work may submitted for selection in the Manjano Exhibition
2. The works should have been executed within the course of last year (i.e. since January 2011 and not any earlier).
3. Works may be submitted under any of the following 2 categories: Student or Practicing Artist.
4. Selected works will hang in the Manjano Exhibition and shall be judged. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 positions in each category.
5. Deadline for submission of works is January 27 2012. Works should be submitted at the GoDown Arts Centre, Dunga Rd, next to Giro Bank.

Manjano is organized under the auspices of the GoDown Arts Centre. For further enquiries contact:
Manjano Committee c/o Lima Mbai 555227, 555770
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January 20, 2012 at 3:28 am 1 comment

The Performance Lab Nairobi, Dec. 9 2011 @ The GoDown Arts Centre

The GoDown & GaaraProjects Cordially Invite you to The Performance Lab Nairobi Draft Works Series # 01

Date: December 9, 2011
Venue: The GoDown Arts Centre (along Dunga Road off Lusaka Road)
Time: 2pm-5pm
Entry: Free

A memorable afternoon of Performance and Installation work. Directed by Opiyo Okatch, Featuring Local & International Choreographers like; Jared Onyango, Neema Bagamuhunda, Jack Atuloh & Adam Chienjo (Kenya), Julie Iarisoa (Madagascar), Frank Bakekolo (Congo Brazzaville) and Guedoum Djimbaye (Chad) amongst others.

This event is Supported by Institut Français, EU-ACP, Doen Foundation

December 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Girl Art Project, Nov. 1-8 2011 @ The Godown Art Centre

The Girl Art project exhibition is inspired by the female form, presence and experience and will feature art work from three female artists: Kawira Mwirichia, Rummy Ireri and Shillah (Subira) Mombo

Venue: The Godown Art Centre

Exhibition Schedule
First set: Oct. 18-23, 2011
Second Set: Oct. 25-30, 2011
Third Set: Nov. 1-8, 2011

Time: 11am-7pm
Entrance: free
Contacts: or twitter: @girlartproject

All proceeds will be donated to the children of Africa Hope Mission School, run under Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme (RuWEPO)

October 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Exhibit: Another Reason to Have a Party, Oct 22 – Nov 30 @ GoDown

The GoDown visual artists’ joint exhibition dubbed “Another Reason to Have a Party” officially opens this Saturday 22nd of October at 2.00pm at The GoDown Arts Centre. It is set to run until 30th November 2011. The exhibition aims to celebrate the inspirational creative energy that has resulted from the collaboration of established and upcoming artists this year. These works include oil paintings, soapstone and wood sculptures, metalwork and mixed media pieces. Entry is free!

For more details contact: 0726996200, 555770

Entry to the event is absolutely free and all are welcome.

October 21, 2011 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Concert: Classics at the GoDown, Jul. 23 2011 @ the GoDown

A memorable evening of classics

Dates: July 23, 2011
Venue: The Go Down
Location: Dunga Road off Lusaka Road
Time: 7pm
Tickets: Ksh. 300

Finger foods and drinks available

A memorable evening of classics
Performed by: The Kenya Conservatoire of Music playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 William Kemoli and Eliazaro Otieno as soloists and Cantus in Choro Vocal Ensemble amongst others.

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Film Aid Festival, Jul. 14-21 2011

Dates: July 14-21, 2011
Venues: Goethe Institut, Alliance Française, GoDown Arts Centre, Dadaab, Kakuma
Entrance: Free
Contacts: 0204443385, +254 722 540 543 or

Festival includes: Workshops, regular screenings, feature short films, outdoor community screening, seminar and documentaries.

Download the Sundance Film forward Draft Schedule.doc

FilmAid International, though its innovative work of screening films in refugee camps, makes a significant difference in the daily lives of refugees.”
-Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General, United Nations

July 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm 1 comment

Exhibit: “Drawing with Satellites”, until May 20 2011 @ GoDown

[we apologise for publishing about this exhibit only after the opening took place]

The Centre for Contemporary Art of East Africa (CCAEA) cordially invites you for the opening of the exhibition “Drawing with Satellites” that coincides with the presentation of NomadicMILK a contemporary art-project by Dutch artist Esther Polak. The exhibition presents art works of the following artists: Mary Ogembo, Erick Maina, Charles Ngatia, Rose Arunga, Noor Jefwa, Jefferson Adsmola, Robinson Omwari, Dickens Otieno George and Martin Chumbi. It will be held at The GoDown Arts Centre on 14th May 2011 at 3:00p.m.  The exhibition will run till the 20th of May 2011 and Entry is Free. GoDown based Artists participating in the exhibition include Mary Ogembo, Erick Maina, Charles Ngatia, Noor Jefwa, Dickens Otieno George and Martin Chumbi.

The exhibit is an overview of the results of a contemporary GPS-art workshop conducted by Dutch artists Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum –

NomadicMILK is a GPS (Global Positioning System) art project conducted in Nigeria where Esther Polak tracked the distribution of “Peak” brand powder milk from the harbor in Lagos to the capital City, Abuja, and a nomadic Fulani family in Abuja and its greater vicinity. During the presentation she will show the specially developed GPS-sand-robot and screen Nomadic MILK film clips – The exhibition is Supported by: Mondriaan Foundation; The Nairobi Arts Trust Kenya, The Arts Collaboratory and Foundation Beelddiktee.

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The Conservatoire’s End of Term Concert, April 10 2011 @ GoDown Arts Centre

Welcome to The Conservatoire’s End of Term Concert scheduled to take place this Sunday 10th April 2011 starting 3pm, at the GoDown Arts Centre.

It features the very best students of this term and The Conservatoire Orchestra. There is classical and modern guitar, violin, piano, jazz saxophone, modern and classical voice, choral singing…

Some of the Music you can look forward to is:
·         Hotel California – Glenn Frey – Originally performed by The Eagles
·         Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man – Jerome Kern
·         Nella Fantasia – Ennio Morricone
·         Spring Sonta for Violin and Piano- (Op 24 no 5) – 1st Movt – Beethoven

Charges for this concert will be Kshs.300 for Adults and Kshs.100 for Children under the age of 12.

April 8, 2011 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Hadaf International Somalia Cartoon Exhibition, Apr. 2-30 2011 @ The GoDown Arts Centre

The Association of East African Cartoonists (KATUNI) wishes to invite you to the launch of the HADAF International Somalia Cartoon Exhibition.

Opening: April 2, 2011
Venue: The GoDown Arts Centre
Location: Dunga Road, Industrial Area
Time: 2-5pm
Entry: Free
Exhibition Runs: April 2-30, 2011
Open: Monday-Saturday
Time: 9am-5pm

H.E. Mohamed Ali Nur, Ambassador of the Somali Republic will be the Guest of Honour and will officially launch the exhibition.

During the launch, an expert panel will discuss the theme: The search for peace in Somalia: Achievements and Challenges and take questions from the audience.
A short documentary filmed in Mogadishu will also be screened.

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March 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Dance: Contemporary Dance Solos from Gabon & Madagascar, Apr. 2 2011 @ the Godown Arts Centre

Date: April 2, 2011
Venue: The GoDown Arts Centre
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: Kshs 300

Viz’ions- XP by Peter Nkoghé (Gabon): An introspective solo which “embodies the unknown visions” of Peter Nkoghé and “expresses angst and snatches of answers that are constructed and deconstructed over time.” The set design serves as a frame and surface upon which these visions are projected: images of a TV test card, filmed and abstract, of lines and shimmering water which are shown against a cardboard wall board and the dancer’s silhouette.
Recto Verso by Julie Iarisoa (Madagascar): Highlights of the difference that binds two beings that are separated by everything else.

March 24, 2011 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

Dance Performance: INBODA, Feb.25-26 2011 @ St. Johns Huruma & GoDown Arts Centre

UnterwegsTheater, a private, non-profit dance theatre company from Heidelberg/Germany, in co-operation with Dr. Auma Obama and the Sauti Kuu Foundation is offering this project called INBODA (International Body- and… Dancework).
This project uses body techniques such as urban-dance, acrobatics and partnering to provide a better knowledge of the own body, the body of the next and to give the kids moments of joy and pride in a playful way.

The workshop with 10 artists and choreographs of UnterwegsTheater will be crowned by two dance performances:

Date: February 25, 2011
Venue: St. Johns School / Huruma
Time: 3pm
Entry: Free

INBODA – Performance
Date: February 26, 2011
Venue: GoDown Arts Centre
Location: Industrial Area
Time: 3-5pm
Entry: Free

Giving 30 out-of-school boys and girl living in the slums of Nairobi the opportunity to express themselves with dance, getting to know themselves better and help their self confidence are the main objectives of INBODA.

In co-operation with GoDown Arts Centre, UnterwegsTheater, Dr. Auma Obama, Sauti Kuu Foundation and Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg.

February 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Battle of the Bands: Showdown, Nov 6 2010 @ GoDown

Battle of the Bands (BOTB): Showdown @ the GoDown III. This is the grand annual version of the regular monthly BOTB and it will be the third edition of this event. The main objective of the battle is to promote local rock bands and the culture of live music performance. The show shall be held at The GoDown on Saturday 6th November from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m, tickets shall be sold at the door at Kshs. 300.

October 29, 2010 at 12:47 am 1 comment

Classics at The GoDown, Oct 16 2010 @ GoDown Arts Centre

The Conservatoire is privileged to be hosting Mr. Alan Childs (ABRSM examiner), Elizabeth Childs (professional flautist) and Dominic Childs (finalist at the Royal Academy of Music). These musicians will perform with The Conservatoire Orchestra on Saturday 16th October at The GoDown Arts Centre. In addition, we will have Gacigi Kung’u (teacher at The Conservatoire) and Fred Pessa (leader of The Conservatoire Orchestra) performing as soloists.


1st Half: Conductor: Alan Childs
·         Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op 5 – Soloist: Gacigi Kung’u
·         Bach: Concerto in E Major for Violin and Strings BWV 1042 – Soloist: Fred Pessa
·         Donizetti: Concertino for Flute and Chamber Orchestra – Soloist: Elizabeth Childs
2nd Half:
·         Contemporary Music for saxophone choir, flute choir and wind band directed by Dominic Childs

Venue: The GoDown Arts Centre – Dunga Road, off Lusaka Road
Time: 7pm
Charges: Ksh 300 (All Tickets Sold at the Door)
RSVP: 0721 592 887 /0737 227 903 /0726 99 22 00 /

October 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Community Festival: Dunda Mtaani, until August 14th @ Huruma/Korogocho/Buruburu

The GoDown presents DUNDA MTAANI, an annual community festival. After opening the festival on Saturday the 24th of July at Undugu grounds, Kibera, the festival continues in Huruma on July 31st, Korogocho on August 7th and Buruburu on the 14th.
2010 will be the 4th year The GoDown is hosting this popular festival.
The festival seeks to showcase artistic talent from the community through dance, music and acrobatics, among other forms of artistic expression.
The community acts are showcased on the same stage as other professional acts; this event is open to the public at no cost.

July 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

Photographic Exhibition: Kenya’s Nubians, Jul 17 – Aug 14 2010 @ GoDown

This Saturday 17th July, Greg Constantine will partner with UNHCR to present The Nubian Photographic Exhibition at The GoDown Arts Centre at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition shall portray the statelessness and the denial of citizenship on Nubians in Kenya with rare historical photographs and documents from their personal collections. The exhibit will travel to indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Nairobi, the Nubian section of the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, and London. The aim of the project is to advocate for basic rights, inclusion on Kenya’s census, and the issuance of Kenyan ID cards for Nubians.

The exhibition shall run from 17th July to 14th August 2010.

July 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Classics at the GoDown, Jul 17 2010 @ GoDown

On the 17th of July at 7:00 p.m, The Kenya Conservatoire of Music presents Classics at The GoDown, an evening of popular and not so familiar music by upcoming and well known musicians in Nairobi and by the Conservatoire Orchestra. The Music includes: Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, Nella Fantasia by Ennio Moricone, Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachinno Rossini. Some of the performers include: Cynthia Mungai, David Ralak, Quintatone, Julia Njoroge, Dipto Chakrabarti, The Conservatoire Orchestra and more.

July 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Kenya Conservatoire, Jun 13 2010 @ GoDown

The Kenya Conservatoire of Music will host their Junior Concert on Sunday 13th of June at 3:00 p.m at The GoDown Arts Centre. Tickets will be sold at the door at Kshs 100 for Children below 12 and Kshs 200 for those above.

June 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

National Visual Arts Exhibition, until May 29 2010 @ GoDown

The GoDown is hosting the Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture – Department of Culture “National Visual Arts Exhibition” from the 26th – 29th of May. Artists from Nyanza, Western, Eastern and Nairobi will be exhibiting their works.

May 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

World Dance Day, Apr 29 2010 @ Go Down

On April 29th Dance Into Space and Dance Forum-Nairobi in- conjunction with The Go Down Arts Centre will celebrate World Dance Day at The Go Down Arts Centre.

The Centre will on this day hold an open afternoon jam of dance presentations/improvisations, videos and discussions on the subject of new humanism. Presentations are open to the public from 3pm to 5pm and entrance is Free.

April 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm 1 comment

Concert: Kenya Conservatoire’s end of term, Mar 28 2010 @ GoDown

The GoDown will host The Kenya Conservatoire of Music this Sunday the 28th March as they hold their end of term concert. The concert will feature a performance of Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville as well as pop and classical music on piano, guitar, singing, violin and drums. The concert will start at 3.00 p.m

Tickets will be sold at the gate for Ksh 100 for children and Ksh 200 for adults

March 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Provincial Visual Arts Exhibition, Jan 30 – Feb 28 2010 @ GoDown

The annual Nairobi Provincial Visual Arts Exhibition will be held at The GoDown Arts Centre from the 30th of January 2010. The exhibition is featuring artists from Nairobi province and will run until the 28th of February 2010. It will be on every Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

For correspondence or bookings for shows,
Please contact us on 555770, 555227 or 0726992200.

January 22, 2010 at 9:39 am 3 comments

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