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To go forward, we go back. To evolve, we grow from the spirit around us – as we mark 50 years of our conception, The Rhythm of our Dreams is an explorative and experimental journey of sounds, songs and images from Kenya. Through a careful selection of music and moving images, The Rhythm of our Dreams draws from a curious selection of music from all corners and times of our country. Tonight, through a historical and contemporary visual soundscape, we celebrate the diversity and the spirit of Kenya.
Featuring DJs from a diverse spread of Kenyan genres and subcultures, each set is researched and selected to feature a plethora of tunes; think Taarab meets Benga or “Night Bus to Mombasa 1996” or “Christmas lunch with Gukah 1974.” An evening of a mélange and collage of Kenyan dreams an memories.
Does translation open up new frontiers for art or does it lead to the loss of context and the purity of the work? Join 16 poets, spoken word and rappers from the SPOKEN WOR:L:DS project (that draws artists from Nairobi and Berlin) as they discover and debate the joys and challenges of translation and the translatability of lyrics. They shall also share their experiences of the project as well as subsequent performances. Rappers, Poets, Spoken Word artists are very welcome to present their work during the open stage segment. (Please register through firstname.lastname@example.org or at Goethe Institut by Wednesday, November 13th between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) Karibuni nyote!
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS – lyrical performance between Nairobi and Berlin – is an international literature exchange project between artists from both cities, focusing on contemporary performance poetry.
It takes up impulses of Poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Poetry and Rap, which are art forms that mix literature, music, dance, and visual arts. Eight artists from Berlin, including Josefine Berkholz, Diamondog, Erko, Christian Filips, Josh, LMNZ, Madog, Sabine Scho will meet the following artists from Nairobi: Checkmate, L-Ness, Ogutu Muraya, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Namatsi, Sitawa Namwalie, Octopizzo, and Poetic B.
The project takes place in Nairobi November , 9th – 15th 2013 and in 5th – 12th April 2014 in Berlin.
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS is a project by Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Maono Cultural Group and Kwani Trust in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Kenya. It is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and supported by Goethe-Institut, Auswärtiges Amt, and Gangway e.V. The project’s media partner is AfricAvenir.
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Exhibition Opening Friday 12th July 2013, 7.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Exhibition Dates: July 15–26, 2013 [Monday-Friday]
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
The well-known Chilenian artist Iván Navarro and his wife, the French born artist Courtney Smith exhibit for the first time in Nairobi.
Though both artists work primarily in sculpture they also use video as a way of tracing the trajectories that are implied in the objects that they create. Uirapuru presents a series of short videos on a continuous loop that represent their collaborative work.
For the exhibition Uirapuru Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith will be presenting a series of short videos on a continuous loop. Both artists work primarily in sculpture but also use video as a way of tracing the trajectories that are implied in the objects that they create. Though the two artists work mainly independently, they periodically come together. Their collaborations are ongoing, ranging from pointed interventions in each other’s work to explicit hybrids, with their two languages intertwined and their two bodies of work physically imposed on one another.
For Uirapuru they will present five short videos that refer to the trajectories and circuits of anonymous characters moving through urban space.
Courtney Smith is known for her furniture-based sculpture and her investigation into the physical and psychological construction of interior spaces through the deconstruction of the elements that inhabit them.
Iván Navarro is widely recognized for his innovative work addressing the complex implications of transformation and transference of electrical energy through his ingeniously crafted luminous sculpture. Both artists are based in Brooklyn.
Book Launch: Faceless Voices – a Collection of Short Stories by Temo, Jun. 27 2013 @ Goethe Institut
Book Launch Faceless Voices – a collection of Short Stories by Temo
Date: June 27, 2013
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Contemporary Africa and modern-day USA are the settings for these seven short stories loosely based on the senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, and intuition. Sometimes humorous, always witty, the engaging tales take unexpected twists and turns. The stories address many of the concerns in today’s society: suppressed expression and emotion; marital relations, including infidelity and divorce; career ambitions and the “glass ceiling”; mental illness or disease; and domestic violence.
The book will be presented in the form of a panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience.
Zoom Magazine is a platform for the young people of Nairobi. It is designed, written and founded by Usanii Lab, a collective of young creatives from Nairobi Eastlands. The magazine, which is both in English and Sheng, offers a stage for new talents and speaks with a fresh, bold voice about social issues faced by young adults as well as it entertains. Its first issue will be available on this evening.
New upcoming artists who are featured in Zoom Magazine will spice up the launch with their presence as well as with performances. The event will feature a well-known resident DJ, a live concert and a comedy act that will be sure to liven the crowd. Some artworks created by the Usanii Lab creatives will be on display as well, in the form of a mini exhibition.
Usanii Lab is part of the well-known community based photography and film project Shootback from Mathare Youth Sports Association, founded in January 2013.
Updated information: www.usanii-lab.com
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