Nai Ni Who Festival: A Celebration on Nairobi Neighborhoods, July 16 – Sept. 30 2016 Various Hoods Around Nairobi

NAI-NI-WHO? FESTIVAL
Festival Kick-Off: July 16, 2016
Venue: Kibra, DC Grounds

Participating Neighborhoods in this year’s festival: Kibera, Kamkunji, Kilimani and the South B-­‐Mukuru

About Nai Ni Who Festival
Once again, Nairobi is set to host Nai Ni Who, what has now become an annual citywide festival. The festival is scheduled to kick-­‐off on Saturday July 16, 2016 and run over the next two months into September 2016.

An initiative of The GoDown Arts Centre, Nai Ni Who? showcases the diverse cultures of Nairobi as the City county’s various neighborhoods transform into platforms for sharing Nairobi histories and stories, and celebrating its people and their neighbourhood assets and cultures.

Since it launched in 2013, the festival has catalyzed residents of Nairobi to engage with both the positive and challenging aspects of the city, with a view to expressing pride for and ownership of their city. Nairobians who have participated in previous festivals have made such comments as follow: “ Nai Ni Who helps us to look at people for who they are, to feel the city as it is, to not judge the people and places of Nairobi, ” and “it brought all Nairobi-­‐ans together and it promoted our Nai culture.”

This year, as in previous festivals, The GoDown Arts Centre has been engaging in pre-­‐ festival meetings with residents in the various neighborhoods, planning the events and programs for the celebrations. Nai Ni Who 2016 will include action in the neighbourhoods of Kibera, Kamkunji, Kilimani and the South B-­‐Mukuru. There will also be activities in the City Centre, comprising free city walking tours in the weekends, led by youthful guides who have undergone a training on the histories and stories behind the streets and buildings in the CBD.

Using multiple publicity strategies such as street billboards, flyers and social media, with illustrations drawn from the distinctive style of Nairobi artist Michael Soi, the festival aims to amplify awareness around identity and belonging in the city.

Already lined up by the neighbourhoods are parades, concerts, clean-­‐up activities, markets and sports events. Children from Nairobi’s city schools will also have a chance to know their city through visits organized for them by the Nai Ni Who festival to the National Park, the National Museums, Karura Forest and other destinations.

About The GoDown Arts Centre
The Centre, which has been operational for the past 13 years has contributed immensely to the advancement of a robust arts and culture sector in Nairobi. It is the force behind another significant Nairobi arts event -­‐ Manjano – the annual Nairobi arts exhibition and art prize for artists resident in Nairobi.

July 15, 2016 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Theater & Performances: Black Maria Stripper, Jul. 15-31 2016 @ Phoenix Players

Black Maria Stripper
Dates: July 15-31, 2016
Venue: Phoenix Players
Tickets: KES 1000 at the Door, KES 600 Advance
Info and booking: 0705 589 722

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Exhibition: Street Diaries, Jul. 15-31 2016 @ Alliance Française

Street Diaries
Opening: July 15, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6.30 pm

Until: July 31, 2016

July 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm 3 comments

Koroga Festival ft. Mafikizolo, Uhuru & Dela, Jul. 31 2016 @ the Arboretum Gardens

Koroga Festival July 2016
Date: July 31, 2016
Venue: the Arboretum Gardens
Time: from Noon
Advance Tickets Only: KES 2000 (PS: the tickets usually get sold out!)

July 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Laugh Factory Hosted by Churchill, Jul. 29 2016 @ Carnivore Gardens

Laugh Festival
Date: July 29, 2016
Venue: Carnivore Gardens
Time: 6 pm
Tickets: VIP KES 4,000 and Regular KES 2,000

July 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: A Journey through the Gallery, Jul. 23 – Aug. 28 2016 @ Red Hill Art Gallery

A Journey through the Gallery
We welcome you to a ‘A Journey through the Gallery’ with artists: Justus Kyalo, Paul Onditi, Gor Soudan, Eltayeb Dawalbeit, William Wambugu & others.

This exhibition continues until 28 August 2016.

July 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Nai Ni Who – City Centre Walking Tours, Every Sunday Until Aug. 21 2016 @ Nairobi CBD

Nai ni Who CBD Walks
Dates: Every Sunday – Until August 21, 2016
Venue: Nairobi Gallery (Tour A & B) and 7th August Memorial (Tour C)
Time: Morning Tour – 11 am and Afternoon Tour – 2 pm

About City Centre Walking Tours
Nai Ni Who city centre walking tours open city residents and visitors to the rich history of Downtown Nairobi – building, monuments, and captivating (hi)stories and geographies. The walks last about an hour, with tours A and B (Kenyatta Avenue and Parliament Road) beginning at the Nairobi Gallery and Tour C (River Road) starting at the 7th August Memorial

July 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

The DEN Pop-Up Art Gallery: July Edition, Jul.30 2016 @ DusitD2 Nairobi

Den Dusit D2 July 2016
True Art @ dusitD2 Pop-Up Art Gallery

Date: Saturday, 30th July 2016
Venue: DEN, DusitD2
Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00pm

July 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Theatre/Performance: Three Fold Cord, Jul. 29-31 2016 @ Kenya National Theatre

Three Fold Cord
Dates: July 29-31, 2016
Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Time: Friday – 7.30 pm, Saturday & Sunday – 4 & 7 pm
Tickets: Gate KES 1,200 & Advance KES 1,000. Opening Night KES 2,000

July 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Live with Alisha Popat ft. Jason & Elis Who, Jul. 28 2016 @ Tree House

ALisha_Popat_28.7.16
Date: July 28, 2016
Venue: Tree House, Museum Hill
Time: 9 pm
Entry: Free

July 20, 2016 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

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