Exhibition: Recent Works by Geraldine Robarts, Dec. 4-6 2020 @ Geraldine’s Gallery, Studios, and Gardens


Dates: December 4-6, 2020
Venue: Geraldine’s Gallery, Studios, & Gardens – #56 Kibo Lane, Karen
Time: 2-4 pm on Friday and 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday

December 1, 2020 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

FLOW: The Ultimate Reggaeton Fiesta in Nairobi, Every Friday @ Ballpoint Social Club, Village Market


Date: Every Friday
Venue: Ballpoint, Village Market
Time: 5 pm Onwards
Tickets: KES 1,000/- (0790 980 494)

About
Are you ready for round 2 of FLOW? Join us every Friday at Ballpoint Social Club for a Latino-themed event hosted and organized by circolo.life . Grab a friend or two and let the rhythm of Reggaeton, Dembow and Champeta music take you away as you enjoy delectable Latino themed menu items and drinks.

Enjoy happy hour deals and complimentary games!

Tickets can be purchased online via http://www.trainexlimited.com at KES 1,000 per person.

December 1, 2020 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic Night ft. Mufasa W/ MC Akinyi Oluoch, Dec. 1 2020 @ Wasanii Restaurant – Kenya National Theatre


Date: December 1, 2020
Venue: Wasanii Restaurant – Kenya National Theatre
Time: 6-8.30 pm
Tickets: Advance KES 300/- and KES 500/- at the door (tickets via Mookh.com)

November 26, 2020 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Next Festival: Introducing the Next Generation of Kenyan Superstars, Nov. 23 – Dec. 15 2020 @ Studio Tisa


Dates: November 23 – December 15, 2020
Medium: Online (Studio Tisa Socials) + YouTube Channel

November 26, 2020 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

Mabati Tailor: A Solo Exhibition by Dickens Otieno, Nov. 25 – Dec. 22 2020 @ Circle Art Gallery

Dickens Otieno, White with Patches, 2020 | via the Gallery

Opens: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Venue: Circle Art Gallery
Time: 4 pm

The exhibition runs until 22 December 2020.

About
We are over the moon to announce our final show of the year, the first ever solo by Dickens Otieno (Kenyan, b. 1979).

Known for his sculptural tapestries of woven aluminium and three-dimensional objects in the same medium, Dickens Otieno’s engagement with his chosen medium reflects his interest in the way colour, texture, pattern and iconography imbue ordinary objects with meaning and identity.
Growing up, Dickens watched his mother, a tailor, working, and those childhood encounters with fabric and pattern greatly informed his practice of weaving and use of material. Other sources of inspiration for his vibrant sculptural compositions include various modes of dress and uniform, his immediate physical surroundings, particularly the urban environment of Nairobi with objects piled high in markets, the constantly shifting skyline, and pockets of nature in the ever-growing concrete and steel maze of Nairobi.

Dickens has been practising for 15 years, and this show brings together 19 new works, his large woven wall hangings and free-standing garment sculptures. Some of the works in this show are much larger in scale than before, and display, not only Dickens’s technical prowess but also show the expanding material and visual vocabulary of his work.

Otieno has participated in numerous group exhibitions locally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: See Here, Old Neals Auction House, Nottingham, 2018; Africa/Africa, Total Arts Courtyard Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai, 2018; Young Guns, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2017; The Third Dimension, Circle Art Gallery, 2016; UNI-FORM MULTI-FORM, Roots Contemporary, Nairobi, 2016; Paint and Metal, National Museum in Nairobi, 2016. His recent residencies include the Tilleard Artist Residency in Lamu (2018), Kenya, and a 6-week fellowship in Italy at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2019). Otieno’s work has been exhibited at international art fairs in Cape Town, Lagos, and Paris, and he has an ever-growing base of local and international private and institutional collectors.

November 25, 2020 at 5:28 am Leave a comment

The Out Film Festival 2020: This is Our New Normal, Nov. 26-28 2020


Dates: November 26-28, 2020
Medium: Online ~ Goethe-institut Kenya’s YouTube Channel.

About
The OUT film festival is back this year, featuring 13 specially selected films on the queer community from across the globe.

Started in 2011, OUT became the first queer festival in the East Africa region and has thus far managed to entrench itself within Nairobi’s queer and cultural scene.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s festival will take place online.

Programme

November 25, 2020 at 5:27 am Leave a comment

Virtual Art Festival: DASH – Festival I, Nov. 24-28 2020 @ This is the Nest Socials


Dates: November 24-28, 2020
Medium: @ThisistheNest Socials (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

About
We are excited to announce our first ever virtual art festival called DASH! Join us from the 24th of November on our socials for excitement and lushness from our fantastic line-up of musicians, DJs and culture-makers from Nairobi.

http://www.thisisthenest.com/news/2020/11/19/our-first-festival-presenting-dash

November 24, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

No Direct Flight – Nairobi Touchdown: Watch Parties, Online Screenings, Sonic Session, Nov. 20-29 2020


Dates: November 20-29, 2020
Medium: Online
Event ticket link on Eventbrite.

About

No Direct Flight – Nairobi Touchdown (NDF-NBO) is the culmination of the re-imaginings of African & Black cinematic and artistic expressions at the intersection of art and tech.

November 23, 2020 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Art is a Gift, Nov. 13 – Dec 13 2020 @ The Village Market, Rooftop Parking Gallery


Dates: 13 Nov – 13 Dec. 2020.
Venue: Village Market

30 days of #Art by Over 40 artists, curated by William of Little Gallery.

All pieces below KES 50,000/-

November 19, 2020 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

BIEA Annual Lecture / Webinar: Africa and the Global Outbreak Narrative, Nov. 18 2020


Date: November 18, 2020
Medium: Online
Time: 8 PM (EAT)
Registration: Free (link)

Find more information, here.

November 15, 2020 at 9:29 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition and Live Events: Jibambe na Tech. Festival, Nov. 16-30 2020 @ Online + Physical Locations


Dates: November 16-30, 2020
Medium: Online + Physical Locations

About
A Festival of Digital Media brought to you by the Alliance Française de Nairobi and the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, with the support of the French-German Cultural Cooperation Fund.

The online activities will bring together the international games and VR creator community from Kenya and East Africa with the aim of exploring new, creative, and innovative ways in gaming and game development.

Calls for Games demo and Hyper Talks open now for African developers only. The Hyper Talks will give 10 digital creators the opportunity to present their work in 5 minutes, be it games, animation, digital art, immersive experiences, virtual reality, or other playful media.

The Hyper Talks will be streamed live, and the Games exhibited in the A MAZE. / SPACE – a virtual multiplayer 3D game environment between 20th and 22nd November.

Final programme will be available here: https://jibambenatecfestival.space/

November 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Paukwa: A Story of Kenyan Stories, Nov. 16-20 2020


Dates: November 16-20, 2020

November 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Online Screening: Human Rights Watch Film Festival: East Africa Digital Edition, Nov. 9-13 2020.


Dates: November 9-13, 2020
Medium: Online
Time: 8:30 EAT/ 12:30 EST/ 9:30 PST

Full listing + Registration/sign up -> https://ff.hrw.org/eventlist/east-africa-digital-edition/date

November 11, 2020 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

The Havoc of Choice: A Book Party! Nov. 7 2020 @ iKigai, Westlands


Date: November 7, 2020
Venue: iKigai, Westlands
Time: 4-9 pm
Tickets: KES 1,500 via Mookh

Join us for the launch of The Havoc of Choice, by Wanjiru Koinange.

The author will be in conversation with Bien-Aime Baraza.

Released in July 2020, The Havoc of Choice is a story about family, politics, and journeying through a fractured country in a delicate time. Long-held captive by her father’s shadow of corruption, Kavata has spent her life suffocated by political machinations. When her husband decides to run in the general election, these shadows threaten to consume her home. Unable to bear this darkness, Kavata plots to escape. As her family falls apart, so too does the country. In the wake of Kenya‘s post-election turmoil, Kavata and her family must find their way back to each other across a landscape of nationwide confusion, desperation and heart-rending loss.

In this title, Koinange explores the long reach and effects of colonisation and corruption within the context of a singular household and the disparate experiences of class and clan they encapsulate.

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Wanjiru Koinange is a writer, restorer of libraries and entrepreneur from Nairobi. She was raised on a farm on the outskirts of the city with her four siblings. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Literature from United States International University – Africa, after which she worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians – then as a festival and events manager. She then later pursued a Masters in Creative Writing from University of Cape Town.

During this time she also worked to explore how art may be used as a catalyst for social change. This was channelled through the global non-profit organisation, Africa Centre. While in Cape Town, she also served on the editorial team of Chimurenga.

Her writing has been published in several journals and magazines across the continent including Chimurenga, SlipNet and Commonwealth Writers where she served as a cultural correspondent for East and Southern Africa in 2015. Wanjiru is also the co-founder of The Book Bunk.

November 2, 2020 at 3:43 am Leave a comment

Group Exhibition: Faces by Franklyn Dzingai, Charles Sekano, Richard Kimathi, El Tayeb Dawalbeit, Sebastian Kiarie, Salah Elmur, Souad Abdelrassoud, Fitsum Berhe Woldelibanos, Samuel Githinji and the late Prof.Pilkington Ssengendo, Oct. 31 – Dec. 31 2020 @ Red Hill Art Gallery

Charles Sekano, 50 x 75 cm, Pastel on Paper, ca 1985 | via the Gallery


Opening: October 31, 2020
Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Dates: Until 31st December 2020*

| FACES |
Portraiture – the exploration of the Human Face – has been a significant topic in the Art History.

A subject to capture the inner world behind a face, the beauty and elegance, the passion and emotion, the distortion and despair.

* appointment, while maintaining the necessary Corona safety protocols.

October 30, 2020 at 10:27 pm 1 comment

Then and Now: An Exhibition of Selected Works from the EAVAT (formally RaMoMA) Collection, Oct. 31 – Nov. 22 2020 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery


Opens: Saturday, October 31 2020
Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, #16 Rosslyn Lone Tree Estate,
Time: 10am to 4.30pm

Until: November 22, 2020 (Gallery Open Tuesday through Sunday)

About
One Off is excited to invite you to view ‘Then and Now’, an exhibition of selected works from the EAVAT (formally RaMoMA) Collection*. This will be the first major showing of the works in over ten years. Works from the Collection are not for sale, but each has been paired with a recent work from the same artist which is for sale. We are thrilled that some of the biggest names in the region have agreed to participate and that our audience will have the chance to compare the development and changes in each artist’s practice.

Please note that masks are mandatory around the gallery.

October 30, 2020 at 5:24 am Leave a comment

The 8th Affordable Art Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 2020 @ the National Museums of Kenya

KMS AFS 2020 poster 5

Opening: Friday, 30 October 2020
Entry: KES 200
Venue: National Museums of Kenya

Dates: Until Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020
Entry: Free (Saturday and Sunday)

125+ art pieces for sale & all proceeds support the National Museum of Kenya.

October 26, 2020 at 6:05 am Leave a comment

‘Waiting, Watching & Wishing’, Boniface Maina’s Solo Exhibition, Oct. 28 – Nov. 18 2020 @ Circle Art Gallery

Waiting, Watching, Wishing by Boniface Mwangi | via the Gallery

Opens: Wed., 28 October, 2020

Venue: Circle Art Gallery

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Until: November 18, 2020

About

Boniface Maina was born in Nanyuki. He lives and works in Nairobi where he earned his diploma in Art and Design from the YMCA National Training Institute in 2008. In 2013 he, along with David Thuku and Michel Musyoka founded the Brush Tu artists’ collective, a communal studio space. He has previously had solo exhibitions at The Art Space in Nairobi (Line of Inquiry, 2016) and the Nairobi Gallery (Transitions, 2017). He has participated in group exhibitions in Nairobi, Lagos, Dubai, and Venice. His work has also been exhibited at international art fairs; AKAA Paris, FNB Jo’burg Art Fair, and Art X Lagos, and World Art Dubai. 

Maina works predominantly in painting and drawing. He is an observer of human action and emotion, and in his work, he investigates the inconsistencies and conflicts inherent in human interactions. In this new body of work, especially in the Odd Realities series, Maina reflects on the voluntary and involuntary changes to everyday life brought about by events of the past year. Maina’s characters find themselves in a suspended state, restricted, literally and metaphorically, in the ways they can move and act. In a parallel series, Maina paints himself in idyllic locations: lolling in a hammock behind a white veil; relaxing in front of a fire with a glass of whisky; or tweaking a transistor radio at the fictional Therema Inn, with a rich sunset in the background. In these works, he thinks of the places he’s been, and those he would like to go to. 

This exhibition presents us with a story of watching, waiting and wishing.

October 26, 2020 at 6:05 am Leave a comment

Online Conversation / Pan-African Forum: Defining Pan-Africanism, Oct. 27 2020


Date: Tuesday, 27th October 2020
Medium: Zoom
Time: 7.30 pm

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_09L2OFjATwmixbvhgOZ2jg

About
Welcome to the inaugural Pan-African Forum. These series of online conversations will amplify African perspectives on a range of social, economic, and political issues. Featuring intellectuals from the African continent and diaspora, these forums will enrich ongoing conversations within and among the range of conceptual, geographical, ideological and linguistic regions of Africa and the diaspora, envisioning the potential and possibility of working together beyond the narrow confines of Nation States.

This first forum will be anchored by Mr. Brian Kagoro and will give us an overview of the history and conceptual underpinnings of Pan-Africanism. Brian Kagoro, a Zimbabwean citizen, is a Pan-Africanist constitutional and economic relations lawyer and a development governance enthusiast.

The Forums will be moderated by Dr. Mshai Mwangola, Performance Scholar.

October 26, 2020 at 6:04 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Photographs by Paul Kariuki Munene (Quaint Photography), Oct. 8-31 2020 @ Alliance Française

Dates: October 8-31, 2020

Venue: Alliance Française


The ubiquitous Paul Kariuki Munene, impossible to miss at concerts around Nairobi, presents a selection of thirty black and white photos of live music events at the Alliance Française.

Were it not for Paul, Nairobi would not have an archive of music events.  We applaud the photographer’s dedication to documenting Nairobi’s evolving live concerts’ scene over the last ten years.  These photos are published regularly on his Facebook page, ‘Quaint Photography’.

Paul’s fascination for black and white photography goes back to his childhood.  He loved the cool black and white photos of his parents’ wedding and those 1960s black and white studio portraits.

Having started with a point and shoot camera on a visit to Lamu in 2004, Paul has gradually mastered his craft and graduated to the latest digital technology.  Paul is a freelance photographer and works with PR companies, brands, and development agencies.

October 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm 1 comment

Kikwetu Festival: The Drive in Experience, Oct. 3-4 2020 @ the Carnivore Grounds


Dates: October 3-4, 2020
Venue: Carnivore Grounds
Time: 11 am Onwards

October 3, 2020 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

Karibu Korea: Screening: Korean Film Online, Oct. 1-31 2020


Dates: October 1-31, 2020
Medium: https://karibukorea.co.ke/k-film-online/

October 2, 2020 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Nairobi Jam Locked In: Concert and Interview ft. Lulu Abdalla, Oct. 2 2020 @ Goethe Institut – Nairobi’ YouTube Channel


Date: October 2, 2020
Medium: YouTube & Facebook
Time: 8 PM

October 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm Leave a comment

Online Cultural Exhibition: Karibu Korea by The Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Kenya, Oct. 1-31 2020


Dates: October 1-31, 2020
Medium: www.karibukorea.co.ke

About
The Embassy of the Republic of Korea hosts an annual cultural week hosting various events at various venues. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year we present an online cultural exhibition, ‘Karibu Korea’.

The expedition will re-introduce the Kenyan audience to Korean culture and will showcase Korea’s cuisine, landmarks, online art exhibitions and popular Korean films.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Strong!

October 1, 2020 at 6:52 am Leave a comment

Webinar: Copyright in Kenya w/ Liz Lenjo & Catherine Mujomba, Oct. 2 2020


Date: October 2, 2020
Medium: Zoom
Time: 4 PM (EAT)

Registration link: urlz.fr/dSjO

October 1, 2020 at 6:51 am Leave a comment

Screening: UNSEEN Nairobi: MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. – A Film by Steve Loveridge, Sept. 26 & 27 2020 @ The Rooftop, Wood Avenue Plaza


Date: September 26 & 27, 2020
Venue: The Rooftop, Wood Avenue Plaza
Time: 2.30 pm
Tickets: Kes 650/-. (email: info@unseen-nairobi.com to book a ticket)

For more information, visit https://www.unseen-nairobi.com/unseen-nairobi

PS: Part of Unseen Nairobi’s September Family Screenings, is the hilarious animated family film Ratatouille. Sat & Sun at noon. Free entrance, but reservation required.

September 24, 2020 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Solo Exhibition by Elias Mung’ora, Sept. 26 – Oct. 18 2020 @ One Off Contemporary


Exhibition Opening: Saturday, September 26 2020
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Until October 18, 2020 (Gallery Open Tuesday through Sunday)

About
One Off Gallery is delighted to host a solo exhibition for Elias Mung’ora. The show comprises vintage Mung’ora acrylic on canvas works; urban life at its most intense, huddles of people populate the surfaces, whispering, conspiring and consoling. Times are tough and Mung’ora paints the front line of economic hardship but also portrays our famous Kenyan resilience and ingenuity.

These people are survivors, brilliantly observed and represented in acrylic on canvas by Mung’ora.

Please note that masks are mandatory around the gallery.

September 23, 2020 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Landscapes and Portraits by Coster Ojwang, Sept. 18 – Oct. 28 2020 @ Banana Hill Art Gallery


Dates: Until October 28, 2020
Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery

September 23, 2020 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

TBC Book Club – Virtual Meetup with Wanjiru Koinange (Author of The Havoc of Choice) & Hosted by Angela Wachuka, Sept. 12 2020


Date: September 12, 2020
Medium: Zoom

Registration Link

September 9, 2020 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

Live Stream: Dunda Live with Wanja Wohoro, Sept. 11 2020


Date: September 11, 2020
Medium: DundaLive.Com
Streaming Token: KES 200 (Buy Goods: 564305)
Time: 8 pm

September 9, 2020 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

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