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Party: The Dutch King’s Day, Apr. 25 2014 @ Ebony Lounge

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The Dutch King’s Day Party at Ebony Lounge on 25th April 2014 from 7:00pm

The Dutch King’s Day is a day where everybody is infected with ‘orange fever’. Ebony Lounge together with our friends within the local Nairobi Dutch community, cordially invite you to the ultimate celebration of Dutch King’s day in Nairobi.

Join our orange colored crowd as we dance the night away and award prizes to the best orange costume of the evening in honor of the King!

April 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

Party: French Connection, Apr. 19 2014 @ Ebony Lounge

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April 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Documentary Screening: Mogadishu Girls go to the Beach, Apr. 7 2014 @ Tribe

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April 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Movie screening: 7 vírgenes, Mar. 4 2014 @ Embassy of Spain

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Please remember that the films at the Embassy are shown free of charge and that all films are in Spanish with subtitles in English.

Location: The Embassy of Spain, 3rd Floor of the CBA building in Upperhill.
Days: On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month as described above.
Time: 5pm. PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL.

Looking forward to see you there and thank you for sharing this information with your friends.

February 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Fashion Market, Mar. 8-9 2014 @ Ngong Racecourse

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Come see whats trending and sizzling in the fashion industry. NFM is back with its 7th edition on the 8th&9th of March.

A weekend with over 100 craft, fashion and lifestyle stalls offering great talent and originality. A colorful and versatile collection of products and accessories.

Shop till you drop and watch stunning fashion shows, chill out and have fun with great live music.

Certainly catering to every taste and style, come join us for a great day out!

Visit http://www.nfm.co.ke
To book a stall, write to booking@nfm.co.ke

February 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Movie screening: Ma che colpa abbiamo noi?: Feb. 13 2014 @ Italian Institute of Culture

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Directed by: Carlo Verdone
Cast: Margherita Buy, Anita Caprioli, Stefano Pesce, Antonio Catania, Lucia Sardo.
Duration: 114 minutes
Genre: Romantic comedy
Language: Italian (English subtitles)
Award: David for Best screen play

Floored by the demise of the decrepit psychiatrist that guided them, the eight participants of a therapy group – each affected by a different ailment – look for a substitute.
Having verified the inadequacy of the alternative, all except one decide to continue the experience and manage themselves. The idea reveals itself not to be easy, so much so that after the first few meetings the group decides to separate. The suicide of the person who had abandoned the analysis will make them meet again and convince them to spend a week-end together: finding intimacy again will produce unexpected hopeful results contributing towards a change for many of them.

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February 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

Movie screening: Muerte de un ciclista, Feb. 18 2014 @ Embassy of Spain

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Please remember that the films at the Embassy are shown free of charge and that all films are in Spanish with subtitles in English.

Location: The Embassy of Spain, 3rd Floor of the CBA building in Upperhill.
Days: On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month as described above.
Time: 5pm. PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL.

February 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm 1 comment

Stand-up show: Bussmann’s back, Oct. 30 2013 @ Vineyard

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BONO AND GELDOF ARE C*NTS
A light-hearted look at foreign aid and who it really aids. This foul-mouthed, funny and frightening parody lecture on charity, Africa and celebrities asks: when did poverty become an industry that needs poverty to stay in business?
Jane takes us on a journey through Africa, trying to find out why being decent attracts wankers.

October 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Masai Mara Marathon, Oct. 5 2013 @ Masai Mara

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September 20, 2013 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Lecture: International Distribution Possibilities for African Films, Sept. 22 2013 @ Heron Hotel

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So you have either decided you want to make a movie or you have actually completed making a film – congratulations.
What´s next for you? Who will see my film?
Where will they see it and how? At the cinema? On DVD? On the internet or mobile?
How will I pay back the debts I took on during production? How do I make a living with filmmaking in the future, especially now that I have used up all my favours with my family and friends and sponsors?

Words like “exhibition”, “theatrical release”, “VOD” and “Minimum Guarantee” start entering your life and you wonder…. what do those things mean?
And why should I actually bother with marketing and distribution during production?

Philipp Hoffmann is discussing these questions and shares his experience on possibilities.

Please be on time!
Limited space only, admission on first come first serve basis.

In case of any questions, please inbox us.

This Lecture is part of the ONE FINE DAY FILM Workshops and a partnership project between the DW Akademie, ONE FINE DAY FILMS and GINGER INK. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development , the Film- & Medienstiftung NRW, the Goethe-Institut Nairobi and ARRI Film- & TV Services.

September 20, 2013 at 9:50 am 1 comment

Art exhibition: The Bicycle Man by Zihan Kassam, Oct. 1-20 2013 @ Talisman

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The old bicycle man in Kenya, carrying milk, charcoal, wood and newspapers; his face a blur to almost everyone except his family at home. Each day, they wait for his return. Exisiting between the old world and new, with a full view on Kenya’s evolution, he is a voyeur. From rural to metropolis, past to future, quietly he observes the world. Drivers honk their horns and charge the streets. They curse the bicycle man in the way of their important business. Composed, he swings over, let’s them pass. Even shaken, his foot knows the road. He’s learned which urban battles to wrestle; few are worthwhile.

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September 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Rugby: Safaricom Sevens, Sept. 20-22 2013 @ Moi International Sport center

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The 18th edition of the Safaricom Sevens returns from 20-22 September at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani. Kenyan rugby fans have the chance to see their Kenya Sevens heroes duel it with a host of other international sides for the Robin Cahill trophy. There is also plenty of fun and entertainment galore at the famous village. You do not want to miss this great festival at what is arguably Africa’s premier sevens rugby event. The tickets will be sold at 18 Safaricom Shops countrywide:

In Nairobi, the tickets will retail at: I&M, Moi Avenue, Kimathi, Sarit, Nakumatt Mega, Westgate, Village Market, BuruBuru, Eastleigh, Bomas Galleria.

Countrywide: Nakuru, Kisumu Mega, Mombasa (Rex and Digo), Nyeri, Thika, Eldoret and Nanyuki. Tickets will also be available at the gates at the stadium.

Tickets for the Upper decks of Kasarani are retailing at Kshs. 200 for Friday matches and for Kshs.500 for each day on Saturday and Sunday. A season ticket for the upper decks is retailing at Kshs.1000.

Seats on the lower decks (nearest to the pitch) are going for Kshs.500 on Friday and Kshs.1,000 for each day on Saturday and Sunday. A season ticket on this section is retailing at Kshs.2,000.

There will be also a – VIP area situated in the middle part of the stadium (between upper and lower decks). Most of this space will be occupied by corporates but there will be some tickets on sale to the public for this space. These will retail at Kshs.1000, Friday and Kshs. 2000 across Saturday and Sunday Season tickets for this section will go for – Kshs. 4000 a piece

And in a bid to ensure fans’ safety and comfort are not compromised, Safaricom will offer free transport for advance ticket holders from KENCOM Kasarani and back to town at regular intervals.

Safaricom Sevens facebook page

Gate Charges
Friday 20 September 2013
Ksh 200 (upper decks)
Ksh 500 (lower decks)
Ksh 1000 (VIP)

Saturday 21 September 2013
Ksh 500 (upper decks)
Ksh 1000 (lower decks)
Ksh 2000 (VIP)

Sunday 22 September 2013
Ksh 500 (upper decks)
Ksh 1000 (lower decks)
Ksh 2000 (VIP)

SEASON TICKETS (Valid 20-22 September)
Ksh 1000 (upper decks)
Ksh 2000 (lower decks)
Ksh 4000 (VIP)

September 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm 4 comments

Course: Technology and Social Change by Nick Martin, Sept. 11 2013 @ Frankie’s at the Green House

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What is cooking in the Technology and Social Change sectors?
TechChange and Amani Institute are excited to co-host a happy hour to welcome TechChange founder and President Nick Martin to Nairobi where he will be teaching a short course on Technology and Social Change as part of the Amani Social Innovation Management curriculum. Since this is a small world, we are curious to see how many degrees of separation are between our networks and how we can continue weaving a tapestry of change!
Hope you can join us on Wednesday Sept 11th at 7 – 9 pm

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September 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

[ended] 4 tickets to be won for Earthdance Nairobi, Sept. 14 2013 @ Ngong Racecourse

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Nairobi Now has 2 pairs of tickets for the Earthdance Nairobi to give away.

To stand a chance to win the tickets “like” Nairobi Now on Facebook and tell us why we need to choose you by leaving a comment to this blog post by Thursday 12 September 2013. Be creative :)

All participants agree to be subscribed to our weekly newsletter.

Date: 14 September, 2013 – 15 September, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 AM
Location: Ngong Racecourse Nairobi
Tickets: 2500/- advance and 3500/- at the door.

Line up will include:

PROFESSOR (SA, LIVE ACT feat DJ Mngane and Character)
L.A. DAVE
AOK
Raj el Rey
Chucky
Electrique DJs
Mikhail Kuzi
DJ Gichboy
Jack Rooster
DJ Drazen
DJ K
Factory Djs
Dj barney barrow
Dj Donnaccia (Eugenio)
Broken Switch (SA)

for more info: Earthdance Nairobi facebook page

September 10, 2013 at 10:33 am 22 comments

Stand a chance to win 2 tickets for Earthdance Nairobi, Sept. 14 2013 @ Ngong Racecourse

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Nairobi Now has 3 pairs of tickets for the Earthdance Nairobi to give away this week.
Keep an eye on this page :)

To stand a chance to win two tickets “like” Nairobi Now on Facebook and tell us why we need to choose you for the two free tickets by leaving a comment to this blog post by Monday 9 September 2013 midnight.

All participants agree to be subscribed to our weekly newsletter.

Date: 14 September, 2013 – 15 September, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 AM
Location: Ngong Racecourse Nairobi
Tickets: 2500/- advance and 3500/- at the door.

Line up will include:

PROFESSOR (SA, LIVE ACT feat DJ Mngane and Character)
L.A. DAVE
AOK
Raj el Rey
Chucky
Electrique DJs
Mikhail Kuzi
DJ Gichboy
Jack Rooster
DJ Drazen
DJ K
Factory Djs
Dj barney barrow
Dj Donnaccia (Eugenio)
Broken Switch (SA)

for more info: Earthdance Nairobi facebook page

September 9, 2013 at 10:09 am 24 comments

Silent Retreat, Sept. 27-29 @ Manyika house in Thika

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Do you feel like starting the new season in a calm and peaceful way? Than join the Silent meditation and yoga retreat from 27- 29 September in a beautiful green setting in Thika and recharge yourself for the months ahead.

The yoga and meditation sessions are mindfulness based and guided by the founder of mindfulness Jon Kabat Zinn (on CD, not in person!).

for the more information and the programme

September 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm 1 comment

DJ Set: Hoxton Whores, Sept. 7 2013 @ Tree house

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September 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Earthdance Nairobi, Sept. 14 2013 @ Ngong Racecourse

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Date: 14 September, 2013 – 15 September, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 AM
Location: Ngong Racecourse Nairobi
Tickets: 2500/- advance and 3500/- at the door.
ONLINE TICKETS: Very very convenient please get yours at ticketsasa.com all you need is a mobile money account like MPesa or a credit card and a printer to print your tickets.

and from the following outlets from the weekend:
Converse shops at Westgate, Junction and Galleria
Arabian Corner at Village Market and Diamond Plaza
Mister Wok at Capital Centre
Savani’s Bookshop at Westgate

Line up will include:

PROFESSOR (SA, LIVE ACT feat DJ Mngane and Character)
L.A. DAVE
AOK
Raj el Rey
Chucky
Electrique DJs
Mikhail Kuzi
DJ Gichboy
Jack Rooster
DJ Drazen
DJ K
Factory Djs
Dj barney barrow
Dj Donnaccia (Eugenio)
Broken Switch (SA)

for more info: Earthdance Nairobi facebook page

September 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm 2 comments

Concert: TuneDem Band, Sept. 6 2013 @ Goethe Institute

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Reggae is tha ting in Nairobi! You can attend a Dancehall party or enjoy live Reggae music concerts almost every day in town. One of the high-quality, aspiring reggae bands is TuneDem which started in 2007 and is based in Nairobi.

The founding member Charles Kepha had admired Reggae music all the way from primary school. Inspired by a classmate who would talk and sing with a native Jamaican accent, Kepha soon began composing Reggae tunes and rhymes. Ambitious to establish a music career, he extended his interest and learnt to play a couple of instruments. Later he recruited more members from his close circle of friends until the band was complete. Currently the band consists of 12 members.
TuneDem released their first album called Foundation in 2011. It consists of 8 songs that represent an authentic Reggae sound made in Kenya. Big up!
Admission: 300 KSh
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September 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Art exhibit: Traces, Sept. 1 – Oct. 20 @ Le Rustique

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Ann-Kristin Källström
Born 1958 in Stockholm, Swedish artist Ann-Kristin Källström has had exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, Italy, USA a o. Recently, she has spent a 2 months recidency at Kuona Trust Art Centre, Nairobi where she gave a serie of printmaking workhops and made several researchs with found objects letting her to improvise and produce prints from the locally available resources. Through her walks, Ann-Kristin started to collect objects in the streets of Nairobi that captured her imagination and curiosity and created prints using the shape, volume and forms of these found/garbage objects.
The result of these experimentation is exceptionnal. These delicate and exquisite prints using the intaglio printmaking technique whith fabric from the Toi market (Kibera) tells us something about where we live and who we are. They are infinite marks of everyday objects inscribed in the past, they are in their fragility and mortality indirect traces of our beings.

WYCLIFFE OPONDO
Wycliffe is a self-taught artist from Nairobi. He participated in a number of exhibitions, workshops and exchanges including Sweden. For the past several years, he has been learning and using various printing techniques and became one the most skilled Kenyan artist in this field.
The images shown here are inspired by the period when the artist lived and worked in Kibera. The railway was his favorite since it symbolizes the irony of straight parallel lines cutting right through the organized chaos that makes up the slum of Kibera. These refined works shown at Le Rustique capture the environment of the people within Kibera in a very subtle way. A place that, despite many challenges, has its concealed beauty.

August 29, 2013 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Party: Daylight Festival, Aug. 31 2013 @ Splash Water World

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August 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

Party: An Absolut Party, Aug. 24 2013 @ Sankara

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August 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Film screening: My Left Foot, Aug. 10 2013 @ Braeburn School

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August 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

Run: Give the Trees a Run for their Money, Aug. 3 2013 @ Karura Forest

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July 25, 2013 at 12:07 am 1 comment

Picnic and movie screening: Two hours of sunset, Jul. 20 2013 @ Karura Forest

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Two Hours Of Sunset offers you a platform for relaxation and fun with family and friends. Pack your kangas/picnic mats, food, drinks and games and join us for a unique outdoor experience. End the day with the screening of the comedy Liar Liar (1997) against the backdrop of the breathtaking sunset.

ADMISSION COSTS:
Advance: Adults: 1000/= , Children: 500/=
At the gate: Adults: 1200/= , Children: 600/=

Children below 5 years enter free

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.ticketsasa.com, Game Changer, Junction Mall | Recordez, Yaya Centre | Mo-Movies, Prestige Plaza

VENUE: Karura Forest (Kfeet Centre former Shell sports grounds; along Limuru road-opposite the Belgium Embassy)

July 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Art Exhibit: The Journey (one), Jul. 27 – Aug. 11 @ Puniii’s Coffees and Crafts

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July 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

Crowd Funding Campaign: Support the Slum Film Festival!

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In a few days, this crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo will be closed. We are hoping to reach the fund-raising goal of 4,000 Euros (approx. 5,140 US Dollars or 3,460 British Pounds) for this cultural event in some of Nairobi’s largest slums, but we still have a long ways to go. I know that there are many good causes that need your attention these days, but I hope that you will take a moment to read to the end of this e-mail and consider why our project really needs your support…

BACKGROUND: Kibera and Mathare are slums just on the outskirts of upscale suburbs of Nairobi with an estimated combined population between 200,000 to 1 million people living in just a couple of square kilometers. As you can see from the video on our website, the slums are composed of houses and shops made of corrugated metal sheets arranged in a maze-like arrangement with dirt paths, open sewers, and communal pit latrines. Due to the mass migration from rural to urban areas in recent decade, UN Habitat estimates that 1 in 6 people around the world live in slums like these.
The health, economic, and human rights issues that might arise from such a dense population and severe poverty have been well described by many organizations and news outlets. What many of these official reports and academic papers fail to capture, however, is the incredible cultural richness and vibrant creative energy that flows from the individuals in these slums. There are schools, butcheries, cell phone shops, clinics, football pitches, and bus stops where people are interacting with each other and living their lives. And while it looks starkly different from the daily reality of a British, European or American city, all of the essential components that bind a group of people into a community are present.
Our local film partners in these slums have been working for years to provide long term training and mentoring to creative individuals who want to develop their ability to share stories and ideas through the medium of film. The final products are truly outstanding works of art (you can see for yourself on youtube!) and, most importantly, resonate with the people in the community who see these productions.

PROBLEM:Here’s the problem: very few people in the slums see these locally made films. In an area where space is at a premium and pocket change is rare, there are no large movie theatres. In a community where few people have computers and even shared Internet is expensive, access to youtube or Hulu is limited. There are huge audiences who want to view these films and local filmmakers who want to show their films, but the requirements for screenings film media on a large scale require organization and funds far beyond the means of these communities… Until now…

Our solution: The Slum Film Festival! For 7 days at the beginning of September, we rent enormous inflatable screens, projectors, sound systems, and generators (remember, there is no steady electricity in these areas) to transform an open field in the heart of the slum into a massive outdoor movie theatre. We advertise the events several weeks prior to the screenings through printed programmes and cell phone text messages. Before the screenings, we also invite local performance artists to share their music and dancing with the crowds and create an entire evening of cultural activities. It is a lot of fun! For most screenings, we will usually draw a crowd of more than 500 people. While the audiences are seeing the final product of these filmmakers, our team of film festival partners and organizers are also working behind the scenes running weeklong workshops that educate early-career filmmakers on everything from the technical aspects of editing to navigating the process of bringing your art to a larger audience. Over 80 individuals have benefited from these workshops in the past editions and we are hoping to train another 50 this year.

Our film festival is not a traditional film festival because our target audience is not industry executives or the rich and famous. We believe in investing our resources in individuals who are often overlooked by our global society – the residents of these slums. This is why every euro/pound/dollar that you contribute goes directly to the costs of hiring equipment, reimbursing bus fare for local artists, purchasing text messages, and supporting the basic daily needs of our participants at the workshops. All of our international consultants are funded by outside grants and programs to specifically support their assistance with this festival. When you donate to the Slum Film Festival, you are donating directly to the artists and art-enthusiasts in the slum.

Thanks again for your support. We can’t wait to give you the update after our 3rd edition of the Slum Film Festival to let you know how many people you helped to have a great night at the movies.

Slum Film Festival website http://slumfilmfestival.net/

July 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

DJ Set: Boddhi Satva, Jul. 20 2013 @ Tree House

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July 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Party: Bastille Day, Jul. 13 2013 @ Casablanca

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July 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

Sotokoto Marathon, Jul. 7 2013 @ Uhuru Gardens, Langata Road

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The marathon will have 21km, 10km and 5km family fun run

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July 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm 1 comment

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