NBO LitFest: Virtual Concerts, Live Storytelling & Writers in Conversation, Oct. 7-9 2021 @ Online

Dates: October 7-9, 2021

Medium: Online

Presented by Book Bunk

October 7, 2021 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Kobo Artists’ Open Studio Art Sale & Exhibition, Oct. 8 2021 @ 523, Riara Road

Dates: Until October 8, 2021

Venue: 523, Riara Road

October 7, 2021 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

“The World in Transition”, Exhibition of New Paintings by Geraldine Robarts, Oct. 8-18 2021 @ the Village Market, Exhibition Hall

Dates: October 8-18, 2021

Venue: the Village Market, Exhibition Hall

Time: 10 AM – 6 PM

October 4, 2021 at 7:27 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Duru za Kuaminika by Lemek Sompoika, Oct. 6-31 2021 @ Alliance Française.

Dates: October 6-31, 2021

Venue: Alliance Française


Through a series of artworks on newsprints using pastel and charcoal, Lemek explores the might of media in influencing politics that touches everyone at all levels and which shapes the society’s culture, values, and morals.

October 4, 2021 at 7:27 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Marejeo II ~ Renaissance of a Vision, Oct.1 – Dec. 31 2021 @ the Nairobi Gallery

Dates: Until December 31, 2021

Venue: the Nairobi Gallery

Entry: Museum Rates Apply


The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is hosting and curating a series of exhibitions as a precursor to the launch of the National Art Gallery of Kenya (NAGOK). The aim is to provide a platform for dialogue on the need for a NAGOK and a glimpse of what to expect once NAGOK is open to the public: a combination of Kenya’s finest contemporary artists, in addition to historically significant pieces from NMK permanent collection.

The first exhibition in this series, titled ‘Marejeo: Renaissance of a Vision’, ran from 8 July to 8 August. ‘Marejeo’ means the ultimate goal for which something is done, in Kiswahili. The exhibition was part of a project funded by the government through the Department of Culture to celebrate the International year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. It included an artists residency that brought 40 emerging young artists from 26 counties in Kenya. The young artists were mentored by pioneer Kenyan contemporary artists who led the most significant campaign in Kenya for a NAGOK from 1979 to 1981. The exhibition included artworks from the residency from this residency alongside works by pioneer artists, and selected works from NMK permanent collection.

Marejeo: Renaissance of a Vision II, showcases pioneer artists Kibacia Gatu, Zarina Patel, Haajambi Kangára, Sukuro Etale and collections in The Nairobi Gallery from artists, Annabelle Reeno, Elkana Ongesa among others.

Organised by the National Visual Arts Organising Committee, Department of Culture, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, and the National Museums of Kenya

October 2, 2021 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

NW Art Gallery Sale, Oct. 2 2021 @ Big Little Advertising, Mvuli Avenue – South C

Date: October 2, 2021

Venue: Big Little Advertising, Mvuli Avenue – South C

Time: 12 Noon – 4 PM


In support of new hearing aids for Nadia Wamunyu – Online Fundraiser.

October 2, 2021 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Kesho Kutwa – An Art Exhibition Celebrating Kenya’s Contemporary Artists and Art History, Sept. 10 – Oct. 15 2021 @ Creativity Gallery – Nairobi National Museum

Opening: September 10, 2021

Venue: Nairobi National Museum

Time: 5.30-8.30 PM

Until October 15, 2021

Exhibiting Artists: Beatrice Wanjiku, Peterson Kamwathi, Michael Wafula, Peter Ngugi and Dennis Muraguri.


An exhibition heralding re-birth and renewal in a post-pandemic Kenya.

September 10, 2021 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Online Silent Art Auction by Nadia Wamunyu (In Support of Acquiring New Hearing Aids), Until Sept. 25 2021

Silent Auction and Online Catalogue | via Tewa Art Gallery

Dates: by September 25, 2021 – bidding forms submitted

Medium: Online (Facebook Event)

Viewing of the artworks: Tuesday and Friday’s at NW Art Gallery (Prior arrangement required)

Exhibition and Collection of Artworks: October 2, 2021

Venue: NW Art Gallery

Bidding forms available upon request. Contact either Nadia Wamunyu or Tewa Art Gallery on roxxienadia(at)gmail(dot)com and/or Tewasartandpatrons(at)gmail(dot)com

Support/view the fundraiser, here.

Organized in collaboration with Tewa Art Gallery.

September 10, 2021 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Performance: Ngoma na Sarakasi, Every Friday @ Kenya National Theatre

Dates: Every Friday (from Sept. 10th 2021)

Venue: Kenya National Theatre

Time: from 2 PM


What exactly happens when Acrobatics meet Percussion?

Find out at the National Theatre!

September 10, 2021 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Between The Zones by John Kariuki and Jimmy Kitheka, Sept. 6-30 2021 @ Nairobi National Museum

Dates: September 6-30, 2021

Venue: Nairobi National Museum

Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm (open daily)

Normal museum rates apply


An exhibition of paintings by John Kariuki and Jimmy Kitheka.

September 7, 2021 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: A Glimpse of Our Collection – African Contemporary, Sept. 4 – Oct. 31 2021 @ Red Hill Art Gallery

Image: Peterson Kamwathi, Protest Series, Charcoal on Paper via Red Hill Art Gallery.

Dates: September 4 – October 31, 2021

Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Time: 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

Exhibition of works by; Justus Kyalo, Michael Musyoka, Salah Elmur, Shabu Mwangi, Peterson Kamwathi, Paul Onditi, Beatrice Wanjiku, Tom Piri, Denis Muraguri

Directions to the Gallery
From Village Market join Limuru Road. After 13km turn left down a tarmac road, signposted “Zereniti”, continue for 200m, keep left and follow the dirt road (ignore the tarmac road climbing sharply right), after 50m take the right smaller track (sign board “Zerenity”)

Red Hill Art Gallery is located at the end of the track on the left side (red metal gate with art design)

The gallery is open Daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

Please note the Corona protocols are mandatory (Face Masks).

September 7, 2021 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Opportunity: Call for Applications: Creative Entrepreneurship Online Training 2021 by the GoDown Arts Centre

The GoDown Arts Centre is receiving applications for creative entrepreneurship training, Artxchange Project Cohort II, tenable from Oct-Nov 2021.

Eligible Countries: #Kenya & #Somalia.

Deadline: September 18, 2021

Follow this link for more details and to apply https://axc.thegodown.org

September 2, 2021 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Cocktail Fair 2021, Sept. 4-5 2021 @ Ngong Racecourse Waterfront

Dates: September 4-5, 2021

Venue: Ngong Racecourse Waterfront

Time: 12 Noon – 9 PM


Day Passes
Classic Day Pass: KES 3,000
VIP Day Pass: KES 5,000

Weekend Passes
Classic Weekend Pass: KES 5,000
VIP Weekend Pass: KES 9,000

Tickets available now ONLY at muzeclub.com (link: http://muzetickets.herokuapp.com/)


Nairobi Cocktail Fair 2021 – Get ready to drink and enjoy 45+ craft cocktails in an immersive outdoor venue experience brimming with themed bars, entertainment and best-in-class small batch creations made by Nairobi’s favourite mixologists and bartenders, over one massive weekend!

Join us on the 4th & 5th of September 2021 at Ngong Racecourse Waterfront.

Tickets available now ONLY at muzeclub.com


Classic Ticket Details
• 45 Craft Cocktails
• Gourmet Food Bitings
• 20% OFF Taxi Rides

VIP Ticket Details:
• 60 Craft Cocktails
• Gourmet Food Bitings
• 80% OFF Taxi Rides
• Exclusive Gift Bag
• Dedicated Wait Staff
• Priority Table Reservation

Please carry a valid form of ID. | Right of Admission Reserved | Terms & Conditions Apply

Powered by @muzeclub & @kenyabartenders.

September 2, 2021 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Disobedient Devices by Greenman Muleh Mbillo, Joan Otieno & Dani Ploeger, Until Aug. 31 2021 @ National Museum of Kenya

Dates: July 21st to 31st August 2021

Venue: National Museum of Kenya

Time: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm, Open daily
Entry: Normal museum rates apply


Since 2017, artists Greenman Muleh Mbillo, Joan Otieno and Dani Ploeger have been working together in Nairobi. Their project, Disobedient Devices, imagines a future with technology that draws from local stories, myths and memories, instead of globally standardized digital systems by Big Tech. Through the modification and appropriation of used electric and electronic appliances they envisage a technological culture that connects to people’s lifeworlds and that goes beyond nihilistic and unsustainable ideologies of endless growth and ‘progress.’

This exhibition shows eight devices created by artists, fundis and academics who participated in workshops organized in 2019-20, as well as three short science-fiction films by Mbillo, Otieno and Ploeger in which these objects are put to work.

Disobedient Devices is organized by Warembo Wasanii Art Studio in Nairobi and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. It is supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund.

August 4, 2021 at 8:36 am Leave a comment

Group Exhibition: Anima (Curated by Zihan Kassam), Until Aug. 30 2021 @ KSPCA Grounds

Dates: Until August 31st 2021

Venue: KSPCA Grounds

Time: 10 am – 4 pm (Monday to Saturday)

Exhibiting Artists: Shabu Mwangi, Paul Onditi, Michael Musyoka, Boniface Maina, Michael Soi, Onyis Martin, Nadia Wamunyu, Lemek Sompoika, Avni Shah et al

Part of the proceeds go towards KSPCA.

Organized by Organic Farmers Market and KSPCA.

August 4, 2021 at 5:30 am Leave a comment

Solo Art Exhibition: Dedications – the Freedom Series by Sebawali Sio, Aug. 31 2022 @ Lifestyle – Gigiri

Dates: Until August 31st, 2021

Location: Lifestyle Gigiri

August 4, 2021 at 5:30 am Leave a comment

20th Pop Up & Chill Handmaker’s Market, Aug. 8 2021 @ Mövenpick Hotel – Mkungu Close, Westlands

Date: Sunday – August 8th, 2021

Venue: Mövenpick Hotel – Mkungu Close, Westlands

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

Entry: Free


Find the best in locally hand-made goods from East Africa’s top designers & makers on Sunday, August 8th from 10am to 6pm at Mövenpick Hotel, Westlands.

Our market brings together a selection of lovingly handmade clothing, leather goods, jewellery, furniture, home decor, art prints, apothecary goods, healthy food, baked goods and much more. There will be plenty of kids activities among them, a designated play area and of course, swimming.

Our market is free to the public and will strictly adhere to the Ministry of Health regulations and guidelines. It will be outdoors, maintain soicial-distance, have temperature checks, hand sanitizer and will have monitored capacity.

Find more information, here.

August 2, 2021 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Installation: Akili ni Nywele – Series III by Wambui Kamiru Collymore, Jul. 31 – Aug. 22 2021 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Dates: Until August 22, 2021

Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery


An installation about femininity and the cultural legacy of colonialism in the perception of Africa and Black women‘s beauty.

Find more information, here.

August 2, 2021 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Moving in Nairobi: Stories of Urban Mobility, Until Jul. 31 2021 @ Alliance Française Nairobi

Jiji Ni Ya Who? | Image via Alliance Française Nairobi

Dates: Until July 31, 2021

Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi


Explore Nairobi through he eyes of four commuters as they walk, bicycle, ride boda bodas, take matatus, and hire Ubers around Nairobi. Will we ever see the end of the Nairobi traffic gridlock?  Did you know that peak-hour commuters in Nairobi spend an average of 320 hours a year in traffic?  The equivalent of more than 13 days.
The exhibition has been produced by the Civic Data Design Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) which works with data to understand it for public good. The Lab seeks to develop alternative practices which can make the work they do with data and images richer, smarter, more relevant, and more responsive to the needs and interests of citizens traditionally on the margins of policy development.

July 12, 2021 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Rise and Fall Photographic Exhibition by Tobin Jones, May 17-31 2021 @ Alliance Française

Dates: May 17-31, 2021

Venue: Alliance Française


To many of Kenya’s youth in the mtaa, ‘the hoods’, boxing provides an essential outlet from everyday struggles of life. A possibility to secure a better future.   

Through this series of photos, Tobin Jones exposes the fragile state of the sport in Kenya since its heady days of the 1980s and 1990s when Kenya produced gold medalists in the All-Africa Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the Olympics.

May 19, 2021 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: There is a Time and a Place, May 12 – Jun. 11 2021 @ Circle Art Gallery

There is a Time and a Place: A solo exhibition by Jonathan Gathaara Sölanke Fraser.

Dates: Until 11 June 2021

Venue: Circle Art Gallery


Circle is pleased to present There Is a Time and a Place, the first ever solo exhibition for emerging Kenyan artist Jonathan Gathaara Sölanke Fraser (b. 1995). 

Jonathan Gathaara Sölanke Fraser is a multidisciplinary artist working across various media living and working in Nairobi. Fraser studied Fine Art at Kenyatta University. Previous exhibitions include I Will See What I Want to See, 2019 at Circle Art Gallery; If Not Now, 2018 at Cave Bureau, Nairobi; Line: The Basic Element, 2018 at One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi; Stranger Times, 2017 at Circle Art Gallery; Anatomy of Me, 2017 at The Art Space, Nairobi.

Fraser uses drawing as a means to engage with the world around him through a varied approach that includes observational sketching, plant pressing, digital image collection and writing. This multifarious set of activities presents a unique opportunity to activate his interaction with his environment. This interactivity with the world strives towards a more internal and intuitive “knowing”, a knowing born less of experience and learning and more of dreaming. 

In his first solo exhibition, Fraser works through drawing to complicate meaning as well as create new relationships between objects and ideas by utilizing slowness, bodily awareness and careful observation. Elements in the drawing field are allowed to take up the same quality of space, eschewing the various contexts they would typically exist in. The composition of the drawing field itself is broken down so that one’s conventional approach to looking at and understanding it is revised. The drawings are energetic and enigmatic and in this way encourage the viewer to participate actively in the processes the artist himself uses.

Fraser invites the viewer to consider the transformation, big or small, brought on by even the slightest shift in the conditions under which we encounter, or are presented with an object. This process of de-contextualization – sometimes subtle, other times abrupt – is aided by repetition of certain motifs and objects within and across several compositions. This gesture extends them across space and time. The reiteration and multiplication stretches the distance between the initial and final encounter with an object within the work. In doing so, it engenders a slowing down and increased attentiveness to these groups of interactive symbols and how they function according to the illogic of Fraser’s environments. In these works, the artist emphasizes the contingent nature of meaning, highlighting how our reading of objects is dependent on their relationships with other objects, with space, and with time.  

The works in this exhibition combine drawing as description and analysis with drawing as an act of conjuring. Fraser performs a visual alchemy, his mystifying mises en scene inviting the viewer to follow along as he traverses a dreamlike space where meaning, while unstable, is always lurking just around the bend. 

In line with social-distancing rules Covid-19 safety restrictions, viewing of the exhibition is by appointment only. Please use the link below to book a time slot. 

Jonathan Fraser’s solo exhibition, book appointment on ARTSVP 

May 19, 2021 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Freiburger Film Forum – Festival of Transcultural Cinema, May 6-16 2021 @ Home

Dates: May 6-16, 2021

Medium: Online


Some of the featured Kenyan films include: The Letter, Coachez, If Objects Could Speak and Tales of the Accidental City.


With 30 films stretched over 10 Days, the 2021 edition will take a closer look at a broad variety of socio-cultural topics: everyday lives, working conditions, experiences of migration, consequences of economic growth and questions of diverse cultural identities. Next to feature documentaries and fictions from established filmmakers, the students’ platform will present a careful selection of debut films from all over the globe that are deeply personal, sensitive and committed to a cause. Some of the featured Kenyan films include: The LetterCoachez, If Objects Could Speak and Tales of the Accidental City

For the first time, this year’s edition allows us to watch online and discuss films together from various corners of the world, which has resulted in the addition of an exciting new facet to the festival: #FIFOJUNCTIONS! Partnering with DAP (Documentary Association Pakistan) and our friends from DocuBox in Nairobi, Kenya, we will use this opportunity to screen films simultaneously in these locations and discuss them from multiple perspectives.  

In addition to this collaboration with our partners in Kenya and Pakistan, other highlights from our program include: a panel on colonial heritage in Kenya and Germany, a workshop on Chinese weavings, a historic radio piece on the banlieues of Paris and a participative performance on African orature.  

Throughout the festival – from May 6 to May 16 – all films will be available to screen from home and will be free to view in Kenya. As the films will be live streamed from our cinema to your living rooms, they can be watched simultaneously worldwide. Following the live stream, there is also the opportunity for all viewers to participate in live, post-screening film discussions via zoom.

May 4, 2021 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Gor Soudan – A Retrospective – Artworks from 2014, Apr. 24 – May 30 2021 @ Red Hill Art Gallery

Gor Soudan ‘Bubbles & Shells Studies’ 59 x 42 cm Ink, Acryl & Spray on Paper | via the Gallery

Opening Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Until May 30, 2021

Time: 11 am to 5 pm

Entry: by Appointment  

RSVP: http://www.redhillartgallery.com/contact.html  

April 26, 2021 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

The 9th Affordable Art Show, Apr. 30 2021 @ Nairobi National Museum

Opening Date: Friday, April 30, 2021

Venue: Nairobi National Museum

Time: 3:00 pm 

Entry: KES 200/-

RSVP: https://kenyamuseumsociety.org/contact-us/

Performance by classical violinist, Fred Pessa

Until May 2, 2021

FMI, visit; https://www.kenyamuseumsociety.org/event/the-affordable-art-show/

April 26, 2021 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Group Exhibition: Addis Contemporary II, 6 Years On – Curated by Mifta Zeleke, Apr. 14 – May 7 2021 @ Circle Art Gallery

Dates: April 14 – May 7, 2021

Venue: Circle Art

Entry: Appointment (https://artsvp.co/7862ca)

Featuring: Kirubel Abebe, Surafel Amare, Lijkidus Bezawok, Direje Demissie, Henok Getachew, Girmachew Getnet, Tamrat Gezahegn, Meron Hailu, Engidaget Legesse, Engidaye Lemma, Ashenafi Mestika, Selome Muleta, Amare Seifu, Alexander Tadesse, Tiemar Tegene, Tibebe Terffa, Eyasu Teylaneh, Liayne Tilahun

Curated by Mifta Zeleke

Addis Contemporary ll

The second edition of Addis Contemporary, six years on from the first edition, offers a snapshot of how the Addis art scene has developed since then. Almost all of the participating artists in this second edition are important in this movement and are active in the Addis art scene.  The show presents a wide range of artists, from the modernist painter, Tibebe Terffa’s, sustained practice of aesthetics to young, emerging artists who bring vigorous academic skills; research and contemporary approaches to making art. Addis Contemporary II shows the breadth and depth of Ethiopia’s contemporary art, which is often seen as separate from the rest of the East African art scene. 

“It is my belief that the exhibition could instigate further scholarly and independent approaches as well as a chance to collect and access contemporary art from Ethiopia.” – Mifta Zeleke

In line with social-distancing rules Covid-19 safety restrictions, viewing of the exhibition is by appointment only.

April 19, 2021 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Manjano / Nairobi County Visual Arts Exhibition: Practicing Artist’s Category, Until Apr. 30 2021 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Dates: Until April 30, 2021

Venue: Alliance Française

April 19, 2021 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Invisible Inventories Exhibition: Questioning Kenyan Collections in Western Museums, Mar. 18 – May 2 2021 @ the National Museums of Kenya

Dates: Until May 2, 2021
Venue: the National Museums of Kenya
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

The ‘International Inventories Program’ is research, database and exhibition project lead by artists and scholars from Germany, Kenya and France. A key focus of the International Inventories Programme has been the inventorying of Kenyan cultural objects archived in different museums and Institutions abroad. Currently at 32,501 objects from 7 countries across the globe, the database hosts a number of objects that were bought from or donated to cultural institutions by collectors, missionaries and/or their families.

The project is a partnership between the artist collectives #SHIFT (Germany/France) and The Nest Collective (Kenya), National Museums of Kenya (Nairobi), Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (Cologne), Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt) Goethe-Institut Nairobi,Goethe-Institut and funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

March 20, 2021 at 12:56 am Leave a comment

Update: Afro Jazz Live Concert [Postponed]: An Evening of Afro Jazz w/ Ricky Na Marafiki Band, Mar. 28 2021 @ Mövenpick Hotel and Residences – Nairobi

An Evening of Afro Jazz Postponement Artwork
Date: Postponed
Venue: Mövenpick Hotel and Residences, Nairobi
Time: 1500-1900h
Tickets: Advance KES 1,500/-, and at the Gate KES 2,000/-

Ticket link: https://www.mtickets.com/buy/evening-of-afro-jazz/934

Ricky Na Marafiki Band welcomes you to an evening of Jazz and African music from the continent and beyond. Performing live on stage will be the Hornshpere, a horns quartet made up of Kimbassax Kimaru on Alto Sax, Den Babu on Tenor Sax, Peter Kingori on Sop sax and Danson Rabuka on Trumpet.

We will also be performing our new music and some of our oldies that you have grown to love.

The event will be held at the Mövenpick Hotel & Residences, Nairobi’s 5-star hotel that charms with its African design, uplifting atmosphere, open spaces, cool features and panoramic views.

March 15, 2021 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition/Installation: Between Image and Identity, Mar. 11-31 2021 @ Alliance Francaise

Dates: March 11-31, 2021
Venue: Alliance Française

An immersive photographic exhibition/installation by the photographers Adji Dieye (Senegalese/Italian) and Thandiwe Muriu (Kenyan). The two artists explore contemporary African imagery through both a critical and an aesthetic lens.

Adji Dieye
Adji’s Maggic Cube series investigates the notion of branding and its impact on society via the prism of the ubiquitous stock cube used in West African cuisine. Through her projects, Adji Dieye addresses the visual representation and commodification of identity while critiquing cultural norms and stereotyped gender roles.

Thandiwe Muriu
Thandiwe’s Camo series is a vivid and playful display inspired by African fabric. The Camo Series is derived from the word camouflage and refers to how easily we can hide / loose our identity and sense of self in our culture. Camo is a visual celebration of the unique beauty of the African woman.

March 15, 2021 at 3:16 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: From Improvisation to Perfection, Mar. 8 – May 31 2021 @ Nairobi Gallery Museum.

Dates: March 8 – May 31 2021
Venue: The Nairobi Gallery
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm daily
Entry: Normal rates apply

Celebrating Rosemary Karuga (1928-2021) & Annabelle Wanjiku (1955 – 2021).

This exhibition is in honour of the lives of two leading contemporary Kenyan women artists who dedicated their lives to telling life-changing stories using their art.

Rosemary Namuli Karuga and Annabelle Wanjiku Reeno are renowned as pioneers in their unique areas of artistic excellence.

The National Museums of Kenya is showcasing the best of both artists from its collection. The exhibition will open to the public on 8 March 2021, to coincide with International Women’s Day and will run until 31 May 2021.

March 10, 2021 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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