Exhibition: Of Ships Passing in the Night, Apr. 27 – May 27 2016 @ Goethe Institut & Alliance Française

Of Ships Passing in the Night
“Of Ships Passing in the Night” is an art and photo exhibition which addresses the topic of migration and refuge.

Opening: Wednesday 27th April 2016, 6.30 pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 28th April to Friday 27th May 2016
Venue: Alliance Française and Goethe Institut
Admission: Free

About
Voluntary and forced mass movements have been some of the major phenomena of the last 100 years. Difficult realities and the aspiration towards a better future have compelled human beings to make the dicult decision to move elsewhere. Artists in most societies have created works that address not only the physicality of displacement but also the changes that emerge as a result of migration. Some of these changes are the trauma of forced displacement, the adjustment to new
influences and cultures, the plight of those left behind and the universal desire for holistic progress.

A number of Kenyan artists have interrogated the displacement of mankind in their work. Their approaches to this issue are diverse, ranging from personal and institutional rituals of travel to the anatomy of those trapped in a form of no-man’s land.

This exhibition provides a tiny snippet into some of the artistic engagements around the issue of ‘Migrations and Refugees’ taking place within Kenya. A number of additional practitioners who enrich this exhibition are currently classi ed as refugees. The exhibition has been developed by Peterson Kamwathi, assisted by Thom Ogonga.

Exhibiting Artists: Mugisho Abija, Hassan Abdirahman Barre, Muktar Bashir, Mahet Ecubay, Jackie Karuti, Kivuthi Mbuno, Noor Ali Mudey, Patrick Mukabi, Alpha Mukange Mukangala, Shabu Mwangi, Longinos Nagila, Martin Onyis, Ray Piwi, Michael Soi, Koang Thakiy Stephena, Feleke Gebryes Tariku, Hamwenayo Vivier Tresor and Willy Wambugu.

Photo exhibition
The exhibition uses images from Agence France Presse (AFP), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) and Kenyan photographers to show the varying experiences of refugees in France, Germany and Kenya. The images show differing attitudes in and approaches by these countries in their eorts to control, embrace and facilitate the lives of refugees. The exhibition has been curated by Carl de Souza (AFP Chief Photographer, East Africa), Kirsten Milhan (Freelance Africa Correspondent, FOCUS-Magazine) and Thomas Mukoya (Kenya Reuters Photographer).

April 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Democracy My Piss, Apr. 28 – May 26 2016 @ Kuona Trust

Democracy my piss
Opening: April 28, 2016
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 6 pm

Exhibition Runs Until: May 28, 2016

About
This is an art project and exhibition looking at democracy in Africa, taking common observations of political elections in Africa as a starting point.

Often ‘democracy’ in Africa is established by the cycle: Queue – Voting – Dispute/Violence/Compromise – Long years between elections – Stasis – Queue. African politics feature accounts of unconstitutional extension of presidential terms, manipulation of electoral laws, party hopping, patronage and violence, and very rare nominal transitions when an incumbent is out-voted.

On the other end are ordinary people who are subjects to these politics being positioned as bit-players, pawns, the supporting cast to a centralized system of influential men and women but still they queue in millions to vote. Are they exercising a right denied for too long? Is there a need to make a mark even though that mark is mostly ignored? Is democracy an experiment? Is Africa defining its own kind of democracy?

http://kuonatrust.org/democracy-my-piss/

April 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

Debate: Forced Migration – Perceptions and Reality, May 3 2016 @ Alliance Française

Debate - Forced Migration
Date: Tuesday, May 3 2016
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm

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Screening: 16th Lusophone Film Festival, May 7 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

16ª Sessão 7-May-2016 POSTER
Date: May 7, 2016
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: from 5 pm
Entry: Free

About
The sixteenth edition of the Lusophone Film Fest Nairobi will be on the 7-May as of 5pm at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi. We will have a Portuguese documentary about the family left behind when people emigrate, a Brazilian short about a man tormented by his national football team loss in the 1950, and a Mozambican feature film about keeping the balance between the world of the living and the one of the spirits:

– Antonio, Dashing Antonio (Portugal, 2015, Ana Maria Gomes)
– Barbosa (Brazil, 1988, Jorge Furtado and Ana Luiza Azevedo)
– The Last Flight of the Flamingo (Mozambique, 2010, João Ribeiro)

Recognised with international awards at film festivals around the globe, the cinema from the Portuguese-speaking world is still mostly unknown to the general public. This 240 million people linguistic community is a thriving one, promoting over 80 film festivals and cinema awards every year, with movies mostly consumed in the respective countries.

The Lusophone Film Fest is a showcase of the diversity of film production in the eight Portuguese-speaking countries spread across 4 continents. The festival presents multiple works (documentaries, animations, shorts and feature films), in sessions of several films from the different countries.

The event is free of charge. More info in https://www.facebook.com/Lusophonefilmfest

April 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

Wisdom is a Bag – Exhibition by Michael Soi, May 5-19 2016 @ Italian Cultural Institute

Wisdom is a Bag
Opening: May 5, 2016
Venue: Italian Cultural Institute
Time: 6.30 pm

Exhibition runs Until: May 19, 2016
Time: 9 am to 3.30 pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.00 am to 1.30 pm on Fridays (Closed on weekends and public holidays)

April 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Thursday Nite Live – May Line Up, Every Thursday @ Choices

TNL@C May 2016 month poster
Date: Every Thursday
Venue: Choices, Baricho Road
Time: 8-11 pm
No Cover Charge

April 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

May Latin Party, May 7 2016 @ Caramel Lounge – ABC Place

May Salsa Party
Date: Saturday, 7th May 2016
Venue: Caramel Lounge, ABC Place, Westlands

Dress Code: Denim
500 Kshs Cover Fee

Beginner Zouk Lambada Class 8pm- 9pm
Class Cost Participation is 1000 Kshs in advance via mpesa or airtel money to 0723325680
1500 Kshs at the door

Open dance floor from 9 pm

For more information contact 0723325680 or email thedancefactoryke@gmail.com

April 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town/Concert: Progressive Strings of Vienna, Apr. 30 2016 @ Tamarind Mombasa

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The Austrian Embassy Presents Bartolomey Bittmann in Progressive Strings of Vienna during the occasion to celebrate the reopening of its Honorary Consulate in Mombasa.

Date: April 30, 2016
Venue: Tamarind Mombasa
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets (Concert and Dinner): KES3,500/-
Reservations: reservations.mombasa@tamarind.co.ke /0733 565 711 or 0722 205 160

The Honorary Consulate is reopening after it had to close in late 2012 because of the ill health of the previous Honorary Consul.

Find more information, about the Bartolomey Bittmann, here and about the concert on the Austrian Embassy Nairobi’s Facebook Page.

April 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Kilifi 4X4 After Party, May 1 2016 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers

After party poster
Date: May 1, 2016
Location: Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers, Kilifi
Time: 4 pm -12 am
Free Entry

April 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

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