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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival showcasing Kenya’s Folk Life, Jun. 25-29 & Jul. 2-9 2014 in Washington DC

Kenya Mambo Poa
Theme: Kenya Mambo Poa

Dates: June 25-29 & July 2-9 2014
Location: Washington DC

A wide array of indigenous Kenyan cultural practices will be on display accompanied by exhibition curated by Kenyan artists from all walks of life.


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A partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the Government of Kenya Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.

June 16, 2014 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Party with the Stars! at Storymoja HayFestival Launch Party, Sept. 19 2013 @ National Museum

Party with the Stars
Date: September 19, 2013
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 5000 [includes season pass]
Call: 0724 913 364

June Gachui brings you the acclaimed Motown in Nairobi with Denise Gordon [USA] and Different Faces Band

All that Jazz at Storymoja…

September 16, 2013 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Jazz Under the Stars ft. Phil Denny, Aug. 31 2013 @ Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club

Jazz Under The Stars Aug 2013 Flyer Final
Date: Saturday, August 31st 2013
Venue: Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club
Time: 6 – 11pm
Tickets: Ksh 3,000 | VIP Ksh 5,000 (Includes a welcome Chivas cocktail)
Contacts: 0723 815 913 or 0726 677 715

This year’s line-up includes: Phil Denny – USA (Main Feature), Aaron Rimbui and the Quartet – Kenya, Brian Mugenyi – Uganda and The National Youth Orchestra – Kenya

MC: June Gachui

This year’s CSR initiative is the National Youth Orchestra.

Phil in a past Concert!

Donations will be accepted during the event to support this organization that aims to change youth’s lives through music. There will also be great raffle prizes to be won in support of the National Youth Orchestra.

August 21, 2013 at 11:03 am 1 comment

For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, Aug. 16 2013 @ MJCentre

For Colored Girls
For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf – a choreopoem by Ntozake Shange produced by the art canvas

The production is moving to the Michael Joseph Centre on the 16th of August after a successful run at the Phoenix Theatre. Tickets go for Ksh 1000 only and can be gotten from VIVO, at the Junction (Ground Floor, near The Art Caffe) Bookstop, at Yaya Centre (Second Floor) or via M-PESA 0707 305365. Get your ticket today

Date: August 16, 2013 [One Night Only]
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom house
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 1000
Contacts/Reservations: 0708 287 106/ 0707 305 365


Young, gifted, black and female. – Review in The EastAfrican by Anne Manyara

August 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Uirapuru by Iván Navarro & Courtney Smith, Jul. 12-26 2013 @ Goethe-Institut

Flash Light Stills

Flash Light Stills

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
Entry: Free

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.

July 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

International Exhibition: Six Degrees of Separate Nations, Jun. 8-Sept. 8 2013 @ The Frost Art Museum – Miami, Florida – USA

Six Degrees Evite for June 8 at 4pm
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU introduces two new exhibitions, both of which feature art as a tool to establish identity: How we see ourselves and how we perceive others, now and in the past.
The two exhibitions, Six Degrees of Separate Nations: Ebony G. Patterson and Peterson Kamwathi, Borders of Paradise: In the Eyes of Explorers, will have an opening reception on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Frost Art Museum, from 6pm-8pm.

The wine and hors d’oeuvres reception is open to the public and free of charge.

Opening: June 8, 2013
Venue: The Frost Art Museum
Time: 4 pm – Six Degrees of Separate Nations Panel Discussion
6 pm: Opening reception

Entry: free

June 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Synthesis – Remixing Locality, May 25 – Jun. 26 2013 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Synthesis remixing locality
Art Nairobi and Le Rustique are delighted to exhibit Synthesis: remixing locality by 3 artists from Namibia, Finland and USA.

Opens at Le Rustique restaurant on May 25, 2013
Exhibition Dates: Until June 26, 2013

Exhibiting Artists: Nicky Marais – Namibia, Mikko Ijas – Finland and Andries Fourie – USA

Nicky Marais
Nicky Marais is a Namibian painter and mixed-media artist. She employs a vocabulary of abstract forms and colour relationships that originate primarily from the Namibian landscape. Her paintings evoke a variety of geological landforms, plants as well as the material culture of her arid, sparsely populated and ruggedly beautiful homeland.
Nicky Marais is a Namibian artist, activist and educator who lives in Windhoek, Namibia, and heads the Visual Arts Department at the College of the Arts.

Mikko Ijas
Mikko lives and works in Helsinki. The means this artist uses to execute his drawings is everything but traditional. By combining the disciplined observation and skill of a traditional draughtsman or painter with the capabilities of contemporary digital equipment and technology (ipad), Ijas produces luminous and colorful drawings that are new and familiar at the same time. In his drawings, Ijas balances an interest in perception and realism with meaningful, productive distortion. In doing so his work is in dialogue with the history and traditions of painting while he also acknowledges the influence of contemporary artist like David Hockney, who explores similar interest in drawings on hand-held electronic devices. Written by Andries Fourie

Andries Fourie
Ancestral Voices: From Slaves to Matriarchs
This body of mixed-media works on paper addresses the role of South and Southeast Asian slave women, transported to South Africa by the Dutch in the 17thand 18th century, in shaping Afrikaans language, culture and identity. The aim of this work is to acknowledge this painful history, and to celebrate the diverse, non-western roots of Afrikaans culture.
While the work examines the influence of slave women in general, it also does so by focusing on the lives of two of the artist’s own slave ancestors: Ansela van Bengale and Catharina van Palliacatte.
Andries Fourie was born in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa in 1968. His work deals largely with contemporary and historical aspects of South African culture. In 1989, he immigrated to the United States. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Willamette University in Salem Oregon, where he teaches sculpture.

May 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm 1 comment

Out of Town: 10th Sauti za Busara Festival, Feb. 14-17 2013 @ Old Fort in Zanzibar

Sauti za Busara
Dates: February 14-17, 2013
Venue: Old Fort in Zanzibar
Festival Tickets*: EA Residents US $29, International Visitors US $109
Programme: Festival Timetable

*Festival admission prices vary with citizeship. Find full info here

The Festival
The festival will celebrate a lifetime achievement of bringing together artists and audiences from around Africa and beyond with enriching cultural experiences, promoting cultural diversity and social development for the past 10 years.
Sauti za Busara is an annual music event in East Africa and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’. This edition will feature 200 musicians: more than twenty five groups from East Africa and beyond; acoustic and electric, upcoming and established – all performing live.

The Old Fort will host three nights of non-stop live music, with the main programme continuing Friday through Sunday with performances from 5pm until 1am.

The festival also features African Music Films: documentaries, music videos and live concert footage, all focused on promoting the richness and diversity of African music as screened in the amphitheatre of the Old Fort.

Headline Artist Cheikh Lo – Senegal
Headline artist for the 10th edition of Sauti za Busara is internationally acclaimed Baye Fall artist Cheikh Lo from Senegal. A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer he has personalized and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is uniquely his own.

To celebrate ten years of Sauti za Busara, the festival showcases “Best of the Best”; audience favourites of past years including Tanzania’s DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra.

Zanzibar’s Culture Musical Club will also showcase at the 10th edition and they remain the most prolific and successful taarab orchestra from East Africa.

Other main acts include Khaira Arby (Mali), Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka (Zimbabwe), Atongo Zimba (Ghana), N’Faly Kouyaté (Guinea), Nathalie Natiembe (Reunion), Nawal & Les Femmes de la Lune (Comoros/Mayotte), Wazimbo (Mozambique), The Moreira Project (Mozambique/South Africa), Owiny Sigoma Band (Kenya/UK), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Msafiri Zawose & Sauti Band (Tanzania), Mani Martin (Rwanda), Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso/USA), Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania), Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal/Sweden), Super Maya Baikoko (Tanzania), Peter Msechu (Tanzania) and many more.

Networking Space
Sauti za Busara will continue to host the Movers & Shakers networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals. This networking space facilitates discussions, exchange and development of ideas on the creative industries in the East African region and beyond.

Fringe Events
It’s not just the festival that puts on a show; the local community is encouraged to take part by hosting Busara Xtra fringe events. These include traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestras as arranged by the local community.

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January 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm 2 comments

We are the world – Nairobi International Children’s Art Exhibition, Sept. 12-30 2012 @ National Museum

Dates: September 12 – 30, 2012
Venue: Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

The theme of this exhibition is ‘We are the World

This is a biannual event that works with children from all over the world. Entries this year are from Kenya, Germany, England, Egypt, Belarus, Poland, Iraq, India, USA, Cyprus, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain and Austria.

The Nairobi International Children’s exhibition is organized by Juhudi Children’s Club and supported by National Museums of Kenya, The GoDown, Sports Station, A24 Media

September 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

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