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Concert/Album Launch: Evenings with Liron – Chapter 1, Jul. 26 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Evenings With Liron
Evenings with Liron

Venue: Goethe Institut
Date: 26th July 2014
Time: 6pm
Entry: Sh500
Contact person: Monica Kabiro, mobile number 0724 475 030

Evenings with Liron is a four part series of concerts which will be held in Nairobi by Soul and Jazz singer Liron to present her debut album Prodigal’s Diary.
Evenings with Liron-Chapter I will be at Goethe Institut on the 26th of July 2014.

The two-hour live music performance by Liron and her band will feature original music from her 12-track album.

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TEN CITIES Screening Series: Dancehall Queen, Jul. 17 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Dancehall Queen
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Screening: Africa Metropolis Films in Nairobi! Jul. 18-20 2014 @ Goethe Institut, the Nest & Pawa 254 Hub Respectively

Africa Metropolis

African Metropolis Films Comes To Nairobi!
African Metropolis, a compilation of six short films from six African cities, will be screened for the first time in Nairobi.

The films from Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi tell urban tales about life in African metropolises. Over 50 percent of the continent’s total population now lives in cities, and vital urban cultures are forming and transforming – fast, and with growing complexity. In African cinema, the shift is towards urban stories, with less focus on the traditional, rural Africa that dominated in the past.

The event will be held in different venues including Goethe Institut, The Nest and Pawa254.

The Pawa254’s rooftop will take place on Sunday, 20th of July, completing the whole event with supporting happenings like live graffiti, spoken word performances, music performances and a visual urban photography exhibition.

Entrance: Free

Find more info here

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Lusophone Film Fest – on Cartoons/Animation Films, Jul. 12 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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The Lusophone Film Fest is now on its 5th edition, with the past sessions having had an average of 140 participants, with two full houses of 220 people.

This Saturday’s (July 12 2014) session will be dedicated to animations from the Portuguese-speaking world. The session caters for both children and adults, with many of the animations having no dialogues. The films featured will be:
The Giant, Julio Vanzeler and Luis da Matta Almeida – Portugal, 2012, 11 min
A giant carries a little girl in his heart. His heart is like a large window from which the little girl discovers the world we live in. One day she will have to leave.

The Tortoise, Pedro Lino and Luis da Matta Almeida
– Portugal, 2012, 10 min
There was once a man quite sure of himself. Everyday he would have a morning stroll. On one such occasion, he spotted something he had never seen before: a tortoise.

The Brats and the Toy Thief, Nildo Essá – Mozambique, 2013, 12 min
When a toy is stolen by the local bully, Lili, Minhoca and Zé Gordo devise a cunning mission to recover it from the thief’s hideout. 2014 Nominee for best animation at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Feral, Daniel Sousa – Cape Verde, 2013, 13 min
A feral boy is found in the woods by a hunter and brought back to live in civilised society. In this new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies and tactics that kept him safe in the wild. Oscar 2014 Nominee for best short animated film.

Journey to Cape Verde, José Miguel Ribeiro – Portugal, 2010, 17 min
On a sixty-day walking tour of Cape Verde, a traveler discovers the mountains, the villages, the people, the music – and an essential part of himself.

The Suspect, José Miguel Ribeiro – Portugal, 1999, 25 min
A suspense filled journey through the countryside with four passengers sharing a train compartment in the wake of a series of mysterious murders. Winner of the Cartoon D’Or for best european animation in 2000.

The Boy and the World, Alê Abreu – Brazil, 2013, 80 min
The journey of a young boy who leaves his village to search for his father across a big city where he discovers a world dominated by animal-machines, in a whimsical, original, colorful film. Winner of the Crystal Award at the 2014 Annecy Animation Festival.

Find more info. on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Lusophonefilmfest

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Exhibition: UN.Known Spaces by Janina Janke & Maurice de Martin, Jun. 26 – Jul. 17 2014 @ Goethe Institut

UN Known Spaces
Exhibition Opening/Lecture Performance: Thursday, June 26 2014 at 7.00pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

Exhibition Runs Until July 17, 2014

The art project UN.KNOWN SPACES has been developed as an integral part of the large scale scientific research project “Knowledge through Art”, funded by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund). Inspired by the French philosopher Michel Foucault and the phenomenon “Worlds inside the World”, the two German artists, Janina Janke and Maurice de Martin, focused on the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, New York, and Nairobi as these “worlds”.

From 2011 onwards, they collected a total of 66 interviews from the three headquarters conducted with a wide spectrum of UN staff and people from the “outside”, in which they are telling their personal life story.

After having exhibited the work in Vienna, the exhibition now travels to Nairobi.

The videos will be presented in form of a large scale projection, combined with an ambient sound installation played on a Marimba.

Visit Goethe Institut Nairobi website and/or www.unknownspaces.org for more information

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Lusophone Film Fest Fourth Edition Screening, Jun. 21 2014 @ Goethe-Institut Auditorium

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Date: Saturday June 21 2014
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Time: 3.00 pm
Admission: free

The fourth edition of the Lusophone Film Fest is dedicated to the diversity of documentary production in the Portuguese-speaking countries. The focus of this session will be on Hereros Angola, a documentary on this isolated tribe from the southwest of Angola by Brazilian photographer and film maker Sérgio Guerra.

The Lusophone Film Fest is a showcase of the diversity of film production in the eight Portuguese-speaking countries spread across four continents. Started in March 2014, the festival will present multiple works (documentaries, animations, shorts, and feature films) in six monthly sessions of several films from different countries.

More information at www.facebook.com/lusophonefilmfest

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TEN CITIES Screening Series: Good Copy Bad Copy, Jun. 19 2014 @ Goethe-Institut Auditorium

Good Copy Bad copy
Date: Thursday, June 19 2014
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Time: 7.30 pm
Admission: free

The TEN CITIES Screening Series continues this month with Good Copy Bad Copy (2007 / 60min) by Andreas Johnson, Ralf Christensen and Henrik Moltke, a documentary about copyright and culture in the context of internet.

It features interviews with many people and their various perspectives on copyright, including copyright lawyers, producers, and artists from countries like United States, Sweden, Russia, Nigeria, and Brazil.

A central point of the documentary is the thesis that “creativity itself is on the line”, and that a balance needs to be struck, or that there is a conflict between protecting the right of those who own intellectual property, and the rights of future generations to create.

The TEN CITIES Screening Series presents numerous feature films and documentaries, focusing on different aspects of club and sub-culture around the globe.

Find more info on the Goethe Institut Nairobi Website

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Screenings: KIMC Film Week, Jun. 10-14 2014 @ Goethe Institut

KIMC film Screenings
Dates: June 10-14, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 4-8 pm
Entry: Free

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Book Launch & Theatre Performance: Six and the City – 6 Short Plays on Nairobi, June 4 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Book Launch & Theatre Performance: Six and the City - 6 Short Plays on Nairobi

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TEN CITIES Screening Series: Sub-Berlin – The Story of Tresor, May 22 2014 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Sub Berlin
Date & Time: Thursday, 22th May 2014, 6.30 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

A must-see flick about (Berlin) club culture history: Tilmann Künzel’s documentary SubBerlin – The Story of Tresor (2008, 89min). SubBerlin traces the history of Berlin’s famous club Tresor from its beginning in the early ‘90s to the closure of its original location in 2005.

The original Tresor was in many ways the quintessential Berlin club: located in an unrenovated vault beneath a bombed out department store, it quickly became a second home for artists like Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills and Blake Baxter, as well as countless German DJs. The documentary includes interviews with many of the artists that played at the venue, as well as the people that made the club happen, such as original founder Dimitri Hegemann.

The TEN CITIES Screening Series shows numerous feature films and documentaries, focusing on different aspects of club and sub-culture around the globe, and will continue at Goethe-Institut and other venues.

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Poetry Performance: Silence is a Woman by Sitawa Namwalie, May 9 & 10 2014 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

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Lusophone Film Festival Meets Ten Cities Screening Series, Apr. 26 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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Date: April 26, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 3-8.30 pm
Entry: Free

This session will be dedicated to the musical mix of the Portuguese-speaking countries, and is organised jointly with Ten Cities.

The films on show will be the following:

Lusophony, the (r)Evolution (Lusofonia, a (r)Evolução), Red Bull Music Academy – Portugal, 2006, 65 min
A Red Bull Music Academy production filmed with the fast-beat of a music video. From Portuguese fado, Angolan kuduro, Cape Verdean morna, Brazilian baile funk, hiphop or rock, this film sheds light on a new movement being born out of the cultural mix of the Portuguese-speaking countries

Passinho Dance Off (A Batalha do Passinho), Emílio Domingos – Brazil, 2012, 73 min
The Passinho dance is the newest trend in Brazilians slums. A new way to dance baile funk but also a lifestyle, the Passinho fever is changing young boys’ life around Brazil’s outskirts. This documentary portrays this phenomena and discovers how the culture around the funk world has expanded beyond funk dance parties, DJs, and favelas.

I Love Kuduro, Mário Patrocínio – Angola, 2013, 95 min
Kuduro is an urban cultural movement born out of Angolan discos and raves in downtown Luanda through a mixture of house, techno and traditional Angolan rhythms. The movement is at once a style of music, dance, fashion and culture, explored in this documentary through the distinct performances of its greatest stars.

Off the Beaten Track, João Pedro Moreira – Portugal, 2013, 30 min
The beats of Angolan Kuduro started appearing in Lisbon clubs in the late 90s. Four musicians started mixing it with beats from all over the world, creating a unique sound called Progressive Kuduro and a band called Buraka Som Sistema that is taking world dancefloors by storm.

Find more information on the screening on this Facebook event page

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Concert/Performance: Lulu and the Zakaleo Band, Apr. 11 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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Date: April 11, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Kshs 500 inclusive of a copy of the Album

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Penya Africa’s Expose – Naked Music, Apr. 5 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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April the 5th presents another opportunity for Penya Africa to expose a new group of graduating students from its artist development program, Sauti Academy.

This event themed Expose´ (hashtag #NakedMusic) will bring out all the juicy musical secrets these musicians have been hiding in their magic bags for the past one year as they learnt the ins and outs of voice, music writing, performance and business at Sauti Academy.

With 8 versatile performers ready to entice your taste buds with their own compositions played by their own bands, you are advised to come ready to boogie.

Date: April 5, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut
Gates open: 1830 hours GMT+3
Entry: Kshs 400 (advance)
Kshs 500 (at the gate)

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Lusophone Film Festival: Cinema from the Portuguese Speaking World, Mar. 29 2014 @ Goethe Institute.

Film Festival
Cinema from the Portuguese Speaking World. Featured films from Brazil, Portugal and Mozambique.

Date: March 29, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 6-8.30 pm
Entry: Free

Films to be Screened
- Isle of Flowers (Ilha das Flores) by Jorge Furtado (Brazil, 1989, 13min)
- North Atlantic by Bernardo Nascimento (Portugal, 2010, 15min)
- Virgin Margarida (Virgem Margarida) by Licinio Azevedo (Mozambique, 2012, 90min).

Posters, trailers and synopses for each film are posted at the Film Festival Facebook page

March 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm 2 comments

Stories Spoken/Public Reading: All The Lights by Clemens Meyer, Mar. 27 2014 @ Goethe Institut

A Collection of Short Stories by Clemens Meyer

Date & time: Thursday 27th March, 6.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Library
Admission: free of charge

March 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm 1 comment

Film – TEN CITIES Screening Series: Favela On Blast, Mar. 20 2014 @ Goethe-Institut Auditorium

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Directed by Diplo and Leandro HBL, Favela On Blast (2008, 75 min)

Date & time: Thursday 20th March, 2014 at 6.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Admission: Free of charge

For 20 years, a subculture has grown under society’s radar in the hills of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the culture surrounding “Funk Carioca”, a musical rhythm which mixes American electronic funk sounds of the 1980s with all the diverse influences of Brazilian music. “Funk Carioca” or “Baile Funk” is one of the most interesting musical movements in the world, but it comes from what is at times one of the most violent and poorest places in the world: the slums of Rio de Janeiro (favelas). This documentary tells stories of sex, love, poverty, and pride among Rio’s marginalized people. It’s a film that’s fast, heavy, and violent like the city itself.

Find more information here

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Exhibition: Where Books go to Die, Mar. 13 – Apr. 11 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Where Books go to Die
Kuona Trust is delighted to invite you to the opening of WHERE BOOKS GO TO DIE, an exhibition by one of our artists, Jackie Karuti, opening on 13th March at the Goethe Institut, Nairobi.

The exhibition replicates a library scene set in a dystopia world inspired by the four elements Earth, Air, Fire & Water. These four elements are believed to be the forces that govern existence for they hold immense power to not only build but also destroy. The symbolism of the elements is translated into a series of smaller installations that depict the state of most libraries as seen in Nairobi as well as in most parts of the world.

About the Artist
Jackie Karuti is a visual artist working in the fields of painting, performance art and installation. Her paintings depict a world of opposites set within a black and yellow palette. With her gradual embrace of new media and immateriality, Jackie has incorporated a conceptual and experimental artistic approach to her work through her performance pieces and installations which collectively focus on themes such asgender, identity and urban culture. Jackie has exhibited and participated in workshops in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA. She also writes and has collaborated in various photography projects.

Her studio is based at Kuona Trust in Nairobi. You can find more of her musings on her blog

Opening night: Thursday, 13th March 2014 from 7pm
Venue: Goethe Institut, Nairobi

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Publication: Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries: Measurements of Art Mobility & their Ambivalence in Nairobi by Olivier Marcel

Olivier Marcel takes a critical look at art mobility in Kenya through the lens of two cultural institutions, Goethe Institut Nairobi and Kuona Trust. His research findings offer interesting perspectives and his use of cartography to map out art mobility offers visual account of relationships that exist and might have been missed in the art space.

Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries: Measurements of Art Mobility and their Ambivalence in Nairobi, Kenya by Olivier Marcel of Bordeaux 3 University

Abstract
In recent years, art made in Africa, particularly in the metropolitan context, has witnessed a substantial increase in attention coming from transnational institutions. While many researchers have pointed out the deceitful nature of contemporary art’s globalization, this turn of events still challenges the way we conceive the space of contemporary art. In this paper I use cartography as a critical tool to approach the international mobility facilitated by two art organizations based in Nairobi, Kenya.

This is a worthwhile paper to read. Download Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries- Measurements o

Marcel, Olivier. “Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries: Measurements of Art Mobility and their Ambivalence in Nairobi,Kenya.” Artl@s Bulletin 2, no. 2 (2013): Article 6.

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Book Launch: Contact Zones NRB 08 – Invisible Stories from Kenya’s Queer Community, Feb. 5 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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Date: February 5, 2014
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Maendeleo House
Time: 6.00 pm
Entry: Free

“Being gay is not a crime in Kenya. However, there is still the penal code that outlaws homosexual acts or ‘acts against the order of nature’ between men. The new constitution does offer some hope, by being all inclusive and respecting the rights of all minorities, thanks to having the Bill of Human Rights enshrined in what has been described as Kenya’s best constitution. This is a huge step for the queer community and movement in Kenya. But cases of blackmail, harassment, assault, incidents of ‘corrective rape’, extortion and reports of suicide still occur. Kenya may offer a relatively more open space for the queer community but it is not out of the woods yet. Homophobia still exists and, unfortunately, the queer community is not given the space to tell their stories or even determine how they want to be depicted in the public eye.” Kevin Mwachiro

Invisible is a Kenyan story made up of many tales. Although the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity is a very controversial topic in Kenya, the queer community has recently struggled to make itself more visible. Kenyan activists vocally campaign against discrimination and for the respect of the dignity of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex individuals. As a journalist and activist, Kevin Mwachiro has taken on the task of collecting stories from this community. Talking to the young or the old, city dwellers or men and women in the countryside, the poor or the rich, Mwachiro has transcribed the accounts of men and women who have chosen to remain true to themselves despite the many odds that they have faced. Invisible is an exploration of their respective journeys.

The book is published in collaboration with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and the Gay Kenya Trust, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

About the Author
Born in 1973, Kevin Mwachiro has lived and worked in Nairobi for most of his life. After attending the city’s Daystar University, he later went on to study at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, where he attained an MA in Radio Production. He has worked as a radio journalist and producer in Kenya, Uganda and the United Kingdom and as a correspondent for the BBC World Service. Kevin Mwachiro is a member of the gay activist community. He volunteered at the now defunct TOMIK (The Other Man in Kenya) and more recently at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya and the Gay Kenya Trust.

About the Book Series
The Kenyan publishing industry largely focuses on school textbooks and NGO-sponsored publications. Two sectors are completely left out: Art catalogues and intellectual perspectives on social reality in Kenya. Local publishers being market economy driven and purely profit oriented have little interest in books on such subjects. For this reason, the best intellectual input from Kenya has remained unpublished, and even the most notable Kenyan artists have no publications on them. Contributions from East Africa are missing in the increasingly globalised intellectual discourse and art scene. There is a shortage of texts on what would be called ‘contact zones’; zones, in which global and local artists, critics and audiences meet, dialogue and (re)produce new experiences and meanings of the art world and social reality.

The book series Contact Zones NRB pays tribute to the developments that have shaped the art scene globally and intellectual discourse over the last decades, especially of postcolonial life in the countries of the region and their relationship to the rest of the world. Emerging from local specific perspective the series is largely dedicated to the protagonists of the East African artistic, activist and intellectual scenes. The spectrum ranges from art projects and cultural practice to knowledge production and political interventions.

Contact Zones NRB is published by the Goethe-Institut Nairobi in conjunction with Native Intelligence, an organization founded by Tom Odhiambo (literary/cultural/media scholar) and Parselelo Kantai (journalist and activist). Contact Zones NRB publishes texts that are not likely to be taken up by other local and international publishers.

More information: www.contact-zonbes-nrb.com

February 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm 1 comment

Album Launch/Concert: Military Swagg – Mkwanja, Jan. 31 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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Date & Time: January 31, 2014 at 7.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Admission: 300/= KSh plus a copy of the album

Find more info here

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Exhibition: The Vision Tunnel by Jacob Barua, Jan. 23 – Feb. 21 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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Exhibition Opening: January 23, 2014 at 7 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission free

Exhibition dates: January 24 2014 February 21, 2014

About

Tunnel Vision n., 1. a medical condition in which peripheral vision is greatly restricted,
2. narrowness of viewpoint resulting from concentrating on a single idea, opinion, etc. (The Collins English Dictionary).

The exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of Goethe Institut Nairobi’s work in the field of contemporary art. The aim is to work 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 40 artists, the last being a solo show by William Wambugu.

GI continue’s this series with Jacob Barua whom many people might know as an excellent film-maker. But at the same time he is just as gifted in photography as in film-making.

The exhibition Tunnel Vision consists of photographs and a video installation and is actually his first solo exhibition ever in Kenya. It is traversing life, death and history as witnessed by the manhole covers of Nairobi and its subterranean innards.
The artist states about the exhibition: “It all happened unexpectedly. There I was, tumbling down a flight of stairs, hands fluttering, trying to get a grip on something, but there wasn’t anything. A flailing Icarus traversing space and time, briefly immune to Newton’s ponderous laws of gravity. The thud of my skull on a hard object brought my short-lived flight of lightness to an abrupt stop. Red raw liquid spewed from my head in a rivulet onto an unexplored, alien surface. What was this? Where was I? So was this how it was all to end? On a sewer cover, of all possible places? How undignified; how mundane; how un-heroic…”

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Témoin/Witness Finissage: Talk by Cherono Ng’ok + DJ Set, Jan. 10 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Témoin/Witness Finissage
Date: January 10, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free

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Concert: Mic Check Nairobi feat Mr. Seed & Fadhilee, Dec. 17 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Mic Check edition 2
Mic Check Nairobi is a Live music concert featuring vocally-oriented musicians.It seeks to celebrate both the multifaceted voices and the microphone that carries them.

The event will carry on in a bi-monthly frequency led by Kevin Oluoch and Mathewmatix Rabala.Here come the 2nd edition featuring Mr.seed Muzik and Fadhilee Music and other surprise artists.This Dec 17th 2013 is the date at Goethe-Institut Nairobi from 6:00 p.m.

Entrance: Kshs. 200 advance and Kshs 250 at the gate

For more details and tickets Contact: 0729 444 075 or 0712 452 284

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Exhibition: Témoin/Witness, Dec. 13 2013 – Jan. 10 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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Opening Date: Friday, December 13 2013, 7 pm

Exhibition Dates: Monday to Friday, December 16-20 2013, January 2-10 2014,
Time: 1 to 6 pm
Entry: Free

Témoin/Witness is an exhibition initiated by the Goethe- Institut South Africa and curator Simon Njami; co-curated by Sammy Baloji and Monique Pelser. It showcases the works of photographers who were involved in a Photographers’ Portfolio Meeting over a span of three years. The aim was to present their work within the portfolio reviews to several curators to gain critical feedback. The photographers included Sammy Baloji (DRC), Calvin Dondo (Zimbabwe), Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa), Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria), Monique Pelser (South Africa) and Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopia).

The exhibition speaks about the social issues, ever-changing past and present and inherited cultures across the African continent. It represents how this group of emerging photographers perform the role of onlookers, and actively survey their immedate environments. The works then become historical records and evidence reflecting the constantly shifting history, inherit cultures and social issues that span across the African continent.

About the Photographers

Sammy Baloji
Sammy Baloji, born 1978 in Lubumbashi, D.R.C, lives and works in Lubumbashi and Brussels, Belgium.

“My work questions the still existing traces of colonization in Congolese society. In this approach, it expresses a desire to inform and rewrite a story from the present. A present aware of his past and ready to assume the future. My photographic work is between documentary and fiction. In this sense I need a context (the environment) to create my own story. To do this, I did some research on topics or events of the past and even on the present. I’m using pictures archives or even sound archives to create a new statement.”

Calvin Dondo
Calvin Dondo, born 1963 in Harare, lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe.

“I believe our work as an artist is to open doors, shed light and give new possibilities to, first, our immediate environment, and then, the world at large. Our visual statements provoke and shift societies understanding of the world. Whatever work I do I feel I am responsible to everyone around me.”

Sabelo Mlangeni
Sabelo Mlangeni, born 1980 in Driefontein, lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“My work challenges a viewer, like in this body of work ‘Country Girls’. In our society we are taught that a man should present himself in a certain way, seeing a man in a dress shifts the way we think and are taught to think. It is political and confronts issues of homophobia.”

Abraham Oghobase
Abraham Oghobase, born 1979 in Lagos, lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

“The social, political and economic situation of society plays a pivotal role in my work. I am interested in using photography to explore the way people live and how they are affected by the different systems that exist, and how conditions evolve to meet or take advantage of certain needs. For example, with this series ‘Jam I’ explore how rural-urban drift, among other things, has led to inflated rents in Lagos and congested living spaces. My exploration of identity through self-portraiture in Nigeria and abroad, for example, is often a function of how I am perceived as a photographer, an artist, a black male, a Nigerian, and so on, which in turn is based on social and cultural points of view that have their roots in history.”

Monique Pelser
Monique Pelser, born 1976 in Johannesburg, lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

“I try to use the camera and developing photographic technology as a way of re-looking at my country, the land, people and the objects or traces which were left behind and have become a historical burden. I feel that my generation and those that follow have inherited a lot to process. I try to use photography as dissonance, as a way to re-look and represent and process this history.”

Michael Tsegaye
Michael Tsegaye, born 1975 in Addis Ababa, lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“In the past ten years, the city in which I live, Addis Ababa, and the rest of Ethiopia has gone through tremendous changes – both demographically as well as physically – with the construction of new buildings and the demolition of the old ones. The changes that modernity has brought about in the rural areas are also quite significant, as old cultural practices adopt certain aspects of new ones.”

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Dj sets/Visual: The Rhythm of our Dreams, Dec. 6 2013 @ Goethe-Institut

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Date: December 6, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Time: 7.00 pm
Admission free

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.

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Tandawazi 2013: Urban Expressions, Nov. 30 2013 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

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Ten Cities Screenings Series: Wild Style by Charlie Ahearn, Nov. 21 2013 @ Goethe Institut

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Date: Thursday November 21, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm
Admission: Free

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Lost in Translation? Panel Discussion, Performances & Open Stage, Nov. 13 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Spoken Worlds
Date: Wednesday 13th November
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6.00 pm
Admission: free

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 spokenworlds@literaturwerkstatt.org or at Goethe Institut by Wednesday, November 13th between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) Karibuni nyote!

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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.

November 8, 2013 at 8:43 am 3 comments

New Ethnic Music: Burnt Friedman in Concert ft. Wakake Otieno, Oct. 7 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Burnt Friedman
Date: October 7, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free

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