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Exhibition Dates: Until June 7, 2013
Dates: March 25-April 12, 2013
Time: 1-6 pm
The exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of Goethe Institut’s work in the field of contemporary art. Since 2008, GI has exhibited around 30 artists, the last being a solo show by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok. Now they continue this series with the Kenyan painter Michael Soi. Being the son of one of Kenya’s well-known painters, Soi is a member of what can be termed as the second generation of Kenyan artists that emerged in the late 90’s.
His paintings are inspired by the city of Nairobi and revolve around its political, economic and social aspects. With satire and a humorous gaze he thus comments on political impunity, greed and Kenya’s growing sex industry.
The exhibition The Face of Nairobi is an ongoing portrait series, depicting Kenyan women. Soi refers to the show as “a celebration of the mother, the sister, the aunt and the daughter. The work on display is from a series of 42 paintings, all portraying Kenyan women from all over Nairobi who can occasionally be seen walking down the street, in the bar or in the church.”
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, 23rd March 2013, 7 pm
Exhibition: Monday to Friday, 25th March to 12th April 2013, 1 to 6 pm
SAANIFU is a performance that combines dance, music and poetry, focusing on the subject ‘you’. ‘You’ in this sense refers to the audience as subject and concept of the performance. SAANIFU explores the space between the performer and the audience and tries to open a conversation with the audience, its expectations, thoughts, fears, and disappointments. Through contemporary dance, spoken word, and live percussion the relevance of the space that a performer occupies versus the space that a sitting, standing or moving audience occupies shall be questioned.
SAANIFU is a work in progress and will be presented as such. The title of the performance was created by the performers themselves; it is derived from sanaa meaning ‘the arts’ and sanifu which means ‘refined’.
The performers are Isaack Anyanga on percussion and vocals, Evans Nganga on spoken word and dance, and Adam Chienjo on dance choreography and direction.
The book is a documentation of experiences and observations made by Prof. Nebe after many years of travelling through Africa. It also covers the crisis in Kenya immediately after the elections of 2007.
The findings in this book will provoke a new way of thinking and actions aimed at improving the situation of peace-building in the Kenyan society. Everybody has a role to play because peace, reconciliation and healing are the most fundamental cornerstones for social stability and democracy. Although it’s a small contribution it aims to enhance and encourage others to strengthen their political will to give Kenya a better way for a multi-ethnic state.
Date & Time: Wednesday, 13th February, 6.00 p.m.
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
The German Ambassador, Mrs. Margit Hellwig-Boette, and the Chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, will be in attendance.
Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum,
University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]
Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum
Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya
Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia
A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Date: December 11, 2012
University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental,
Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)
The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.
Slum Theatre Festival: Saturday, 24th November 2012
Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Time: 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
Dance Forum-Nairobi, in cooperation with Kenya Performing Arts Group and the Goethe-Institut, presents the Nairobi Festival of Solos and Duets Residency Edition 2012.
Established in 2007, the dance festival has presented and hosted numerous performances and dancers from different countries over the years. The focus of this edition lies on residency programmes in which choreographers and dancers begin an exchange process that leads to a main platform in 2013.
Workshops, presentations and discussions will be conducted by each of the two invited choreographers, Jens Breegaard from Denmark and Anna Konjetsky from Germany.
Choreographer and dancer Anna Konjetzky received several scholarships and prizes for her work and is going to perform, together with Sahra Huby, the 20 min solo show “Abdrücke folgen” on the 11th October 2012.
Nairobi Festival of Solos and Duets: Presentation & Discussion by Jens Bjerregaard, Oct. 6 2012 @ Goethe
Dance Forum Nairobi in cooperation with Kenya Performing Arts Group and the Goethe-Institut, presents the Nairobi Festival of Solos and Duets Residency Edition 2012. Jens Bjerregaard, who will make a start, is best described as an architect of movement, with a natural instinct for structure, often inspired by contemporary art and design. He will present his 15 min solo show “Opaque” on the 6th October 2012.
As agreed with the organizers, his performance will start at 5:30 pm – so don’t get confused because of the information given on the posters. In addition, the participants of the already ongoing workshop will present their own short performance and Jared Onyango will be on stage as well.
Afterwards, you are very welcome to take part in a discussion with the artists!
Friday, 28th September 2012, 6.00 pm
Saturday, 29th September 2012, 6.00 pm
Sunday, 30th September 2012, 4.00 pm
The Villagers Band
Date: September 22, 2012
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Performances by Issac Gem & friends like Ayub Ogada, Winyo, Rateng, Aaron Rimbui, Eddie Grey, Inka
Kenya’s art history has been far-reaching, rich and vibrant. And yet, this history is little known, not only to a wider art interested public but also to the academic field. There is scant academic literature on art and contemporary art in Kenya.
Heading to the 50th anniversary of Kenya, Goethe Institut are starting a series of conversations and lectures that aims at remembering and discussing aspects, movements and events in the arts from the 60s on.
This series is starting with a presentation by Dr. Dinna Pido.
Exhibition: Accumulating Signs by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Sept. 15-Oct. 12 2012 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
Exhibition Dates: September 18, 2012-October 12, 2012
Goethe Institut exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of their work in the field of contemporary art. GI aims at working with artists from Kenya that have an advanced and innovative approach and often commission them to produce a new work. Since 2008, GI has exhibited around 30 artists, the last being a solo show by Mbuthia Maina. Goethe Institut now continue with their series with the Kenyan photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok.
Mimi Cherono Ng’ok graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts majoring in photography at the University of Cape Town/South Africa. For her photograph ‘self portrait’, Cherono Ng’ok won the 3rd PhotoAfrica contest in Tarifa/Spain. In 2011 courtesy of IFA, Cherono Ng’ok was in residence at SAVVY Contemporary, in Berlin/Germany. Recently, she was selected as a 2013 Sacatar fellow in Bahia/Brazil. This exhibition is her first solo show in Kenya.
“Re: accumulating signs is about the process of beginning. It’s an installation/intervention that attempts to archive influences that have affected my practice as an artist and usually helped me take the first step in the making. Incorporating cinema, text, photographs, interviews, emails, conversations, music, this show functions as a library/face book wall/ tumblr page/pinterest board of all the objects, influences, moments, feelings and thoughts that intersect to begin my production process.”
Images of Kenya is the popular annual showcase for documentary films produced in Kenya. It celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2011. This mini-festival presents films covering a cross section of Kenya’s cultural and tourism potential in order to create awareness through films that address socio-cultural and development issues.
The event is held in conjunction with the Department of Film Services in the Ministry of Information and Communications. It was established in 1982 to formulate, coordinate and administer policy in the development of the film industry in Kenya, and is responsible for the production of films on Government development policies and programmes, and promotion of Kenya’s cultural identity, diversity and nationhood.
As usual, the last day of the screenings is dedicated to the final works of graduates of Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.
In cooperation with Department of Film Services and K.I.M.C.
Laura Meriläinen-Amaumo worked on both films and will be present at the screening.
When: From Namibia with Love will start at 6pm. Odd Number will start at 7pm. Come watch both or just one or the other!
Where: Goethe Institute Nairobi
She studied at the Technical University of Berlin and at the Berlin Film School where she graduated with the award winning feature film The Battle of the Sacred Tree. Wanjiru has since written and directed over 20 films which have been exhibited in many festivals around the world. Her films are inspired by the world around her – from daily conversations, to folktales, to social issues such as equal rights and poverty. Apart from directing for BBC, CNN and German television, she has also made two “Riverwood” films: Manga in America, and Bahati. Her latest film is the award-winning documentary Africa is a Woman’s Name, Njoki Ndung’u.
As usual in this series, a representative selection of her corpus of work will be screened, and accompanied by a discussion with the filmmaker.
Tuesday, 5th June 2012, 6:30 pm at the Goethe-Institut Auditorium. Free entrance!
Artur Dutkiewicz is one of the leading Polish jazz pianists and composer, born in Pińczów (Poland) in 1958. He graduated from The Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland) with distinction. Dutkiewicz was a finalist of the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington, USA.
Artur Dutkiewicz presents his own, contemporary jazz mazurkas from his latest album Mazurkas. Mazurkas are influenced by Chopin and Polish folk music, combined with modern jazz improvisation. From Chopin’s music the inspiration was Polish mood and melody of mazurkas. The rhythm evolved from piano jazz tradition. Mazurkas, based on folk rhythms, are played in groovy-jazz way. In this program classical music, Polish folk music and trance jazz improvisation are combined as one original whole. Artur Dutkiewicz’s project Mazurkas was granted a scholarship from The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2009. Part of the program are Ethno-Jazz improvisations on songs from different cultures: Europe, the Middle and Far East.
In cooperation with the Embassy of Poland
Sunday, 3rd June 2012, 6.00 pm at the Goethe-Institut Auditorium – Free Entry
Robert’s guitar is equally able to create a cristal-clear frame full of emotion for the expressive voice and the sensitive trumpet playing of Michaela and to be the virtuoso replacement for the groove of a full rhythm section.
Especially their original, atmospheric compositions give them a unique, charming profile. Vienna’s “simpatico” first couple of Jazz sets new benchmarks in unplugged duo playing and impresses with touching and catchy songs.
In cooperation with the Austrian Embassy Nairobi
Being a multilingual country, Kenya is home to over 60 languages. This variety reflects the population that consists of many ethnic and linguistic groups. Apart from their mother tongues, Kenyans learn English and Kiswahili in school, and sometimes foreign languages such as German and French. Handling different languages, dialects and slangs is therefore a part of many Kenyans’ every-day life. Young people especially often find new ways to express themselves as language is and always will be a dynamic construct.
To find out how important different languages are in the lives of young people in Kenya, the Goethe-Institut is currently offering a one-week workshop “Sprachkosmonauten” to selected German language students.
Edda Holl and Helfried Schmidt, both drama teachers, are leading the workshop helping students to find interesting and inspiring ways of dealing with languages. As a final highlight, the result of their work will be shown to the public at the Goethe-Institut in form of a play.
On 14th April 2012, PAWA254 will venture into the Dandora dump site to capture images and tell the story of the people who work and earn a living in the dump site.
The Field trip will be facilitated by Boniface mwangi, James Quest, and David Mutua. After the trip, all participants will be treated to a sumptuous lunch at Mpambe.
Prerequisite for the trip is one MUST have a DSLR camera.
To be part of this Masterclass fieldtrip, simply register by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and further instructions will be sent to you. Register as there are limited slots.
Event proudly sponsored by Goethe Institut
For more information check event facebook page
With your participation in this short survey, you’ll assist GI in the improvement of their cultural program to match with your needs regarding future cultural events they undertake.
Dates: March 21-April 4, 2012
Survey link: https://www.soscisurvey.de/goethe-institut-kenya/
NB:There will be a raffle for 5 BLNRB-Welcome to the Madhouse Cds, as well as 10 BLNRB T-shirts among all participants.
Kenyan Film is making big strides, but many of its protagonists are not well known, not even in Kenya. It’s time to pay homage to their works. This series at the Goethe-Institut paid homage to Jacob Barua, Judy Kibinge, Willie Owusu, and Jane Murago-Munene. It now continues with another major protagonist: Cajetan Boy.
Cajetan Boy is a playwright, screenwriter, lecturer in screenwriting, performing artist, and the Products Development Leader for Et Cetera Productions Limited, an independent film and TV production house. His first full-length play was Benta (2000) which was published and later produced as a feature film in 2006. Many of his stage plays have also been produced as feature films.
Other than film and stage, he has written extensively for Comic Books, Radio, and TV, i.e. several episodes of dramas, soaps and sit-coms. As usual in this series, a representative selection of his corpus of work will be screened, and accompanied by a discussion with the filmmaker.
Screenings: Friday, 10th February 2012, 4.00 pm & Saturday, 11th February 2012, 3.00 pm
At the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Free Entrance
info: +254 (0) 20 222 4640, email@example.com
Supporting Acts: Dan Chizi Aceda and DJ set by Zelalem
Goethe-Institut Nairobi presents Nneka, the sensational Afro-German warrior princess stretching from teardrop soul-singing to freestyle rapping. She grew up in the Delta region of Nigeria and later relocated to Hamburg. In 2005, she put out her first album,Victim Of Truth, followed by No Longer At Ease (2008) which impressed US rock star Lenny Kravitz so much that he invited her to be the supporting act on his tour.
The tour was followed by an extended stay in her native country, where she composed many of the songs on her third album, Soul Is Heavy (2011). This album is multi-faceted and “politically conscious”, a potpourri of Reggae, Soul, Afro, R&B and Hip Hop.
Nneka is setting out for an East Africa tour to Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar, made possible by Goethe-Institut.
Some regard the powerful vocalist Nneka first as an activist, and then as a musician. “I wouldn’t see myself as a political activist,” says the soul singer, “but if there were no pain in the world, I wouldn’t sing.”
The exhibition is Slum-TV’s biggest Art project so far, filling the Nairobi Gallery with photographs, installations and video works. It presents a unique perspective of life in Nairobi’s Eastlands, challenging the stereotypes about life in the marginal areas of town and revealing a dynamic and bustling urban life.
More than anything else, this exhibition seeks to raise questions. Questions about how Nairobi is represented. Questions about an image that a city has, and how this can be shaped. Questions about who is creating this image, and what the relationship between images and power is. The camera used, “LOMO”, presents their own unique aesthetic: improvised, spontaneous and unconventional expression. The corresponding catalogue will be launched at the opening.
The exhibition is curated by Sam Hopkins.
It is a partnership of Africalia and Goethe-Institut in conjunction with the National Museums of Kenya.
Entry: Museum Charges (of Nairobi Gallery)!
Goethe-Institut Nairobi – +254-20-2224640 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Breaksession® Bboy Battle is a break-dance event unique in Kenya. The first edition started in July 2011 and very quickly became a success story. Developed and organized by Joe Nene (a.k.a. Bboy Kay/BreakDjKay) the goal is to spark the Bboy Revolution in Kenya and bring a realization of Bboy/Breaking as one of the elements of Hip-Hop.
Joe Nene started dancing 17 years ago inspired by the late Michael Jackson, and continued, influenced by Usher, the late Aaliyah, and Missy Eliott. Ever since, he continuously dreamt of what he has achieved now! An event which would make it possible to battle, compare and work with others who have similar skills and want to share them.
He and his crew organize this event which aims to have Kenyan break-dance recognized internationally and lift it to the next level!
In Kenya and internationally, there are very few publications from East Africa in certain areas such as art catalogues and artists’ books as well as academic publishing. Only very few Kenyan artists have had a catalogue of their work, and only few Kenyan intellectuals working in the Humanities have had their major work published locally or, more likely, internationally. To fill this gap, Goethe Institut, together with their partner Native Intelligence, are starting their own book series. The series is dedicated to the protagonists of the East African artistic, activist and intellectual scenes. It focuses on Art and the Humanities – though not limited to these only. They will exclusively publish material that is not taken up by other publishers.
After having launched the first volume of the book series, dedicated to the group of female writers around AMKA, in June 2011, they are now launching three new books by the artists Peterson Kamwathi, Sam Hopkins and Ato Malinda.
The artists will be present at the book launch.
Date: November, 25 2011
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Stephan Bruckmeier was born in Vienna, he is an internationally recognized director, actor, author and stage designer. Since 2009 Stephan has worked in the slums of Nairobi and is one of the founders of the Slum Theatre Festival.
The play is based on a novel by Agnès Michaux in which she describes the last hours of the German movie director and producer Fritz Lang before he went into exile. He was very critical of the Hitler-regime and a co-founder of the “Anti-Nazi-League”. After leaving Germany in 1933, Lang lived in Paris for a few months before he finally immigrated to the USA. The author conveys the inner conflicts and disruption of Lang as she summarizes events of several months into a few hours.
Stephan’s realization of the novel deals with questions concerning decisions and inner conflicts like “Should I stay in Germany and risk my life or should I leave Germany and lose my job?”.