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Nairobi Premiere: The Legend of Lwanda Magere – A Kwame Nyong’o Short Film, Mar. 21 2020 @ Karen Village Arts Centre


Date: March 21, 2020
Venue: Karen Village Arts Centre
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free

March 12, 2020 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Nairobi County Visual Arts Exhibition: Artists’ Interpretations of the City in the Sun, Mar. 14 – Apr. 13 2020 @ Village Market


Opening: March 14, 2020
Venue: Village Market
Time: 3 pm
Entry: Free

Until April 13, 2020

Organised by the GoDown Arts Centre

March 12, 2020 at 10:10 am 1 comment

Out of Town: Lamu Yoga Festival, Mar. 4-8 2020 @ Lamu


Dates: March 4-8, 2020
Venue: Lamu

March 2, 2020 at 11:04 am 1 comment

Concert: African Tour Prize by Céline Banza, Mar. 5 2020 @ Alliance Française


Date: March 5, 2020
Venue: Alliance Francaise Gardens
Time: from 7 pm
Entry: Free

Winner of the 2019 Radio France Internationale Discovery Award, the Congolese singer, Céline Banza, will be in Nairobi as part of her African tour prize with her 5-man band.

Céline Banza sings folk-inspired ballads in Ngbandi, a language spoken in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She studied musicology at the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa and is working on her debut album to be released later this year.

March 2, 2020 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Live Afro-Fusion Music: Rabuko Sessions ft. Fadhilee, Mar. 4 2020 @ Rabuko Bistro, The Mall, Ground Floor – Westlands


Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Venue: Rabuko Bistro, The Mall – Westlands
Time: from 7.30 pm
Entry: Free

February 28, 2020 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic – March Edition Ft. Ogutu Muraya, Mar. 3 2020 @ IMAX Cinema, Mama Ngina Street (CBD Nairobi)


MC: Akinyi Oluoch

Date: March 3, 2020
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue: IMAX Cinema, Mama Ngina Street (CBD Nairobi)
Entry: Kes 1000 at the door. Advance tickets at Kes 800*. Early Bird Tickets at Kes 500. (Get tickets on mookh.com)

*Advance ticketing closes at 6 pm.

About Ogutu
Ogutu Muraya is a writer and theater maker whose work is embedded in the practice of Orature. He studied International Relations at USIU-Africa and graduated in 2016 with a Master in Arts at the Amsterdam University of the Arts – DAS Theatre. He has been published in the Kwani? Journal, Chimurenga Chronic, Rekto:Verso and Etcetera Magazine. His performative works & storytelling have featured in several theatres and festivals including- La Mama (NYC), The Hay Festival (Wales), HIFA (Harare), NuVo Arts Festival (Kampala), Storymoja Festival (Nairobi), Spoken Wor:l:ds (Berlin), Globe to Globe Festival (London), Ranga Shankara (Bangalore), Afrovibes Festival (Amsterdam), Spielart (Munich), Theatre is Must Forum (Alexandria), Theatre Commons (Tokyo) among others.

Ogutu is a recipient of The Eric Brassem Exchange Certificat. He was recognized as a talent in the 2017- 2018 Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst – 3 Package Deal.

His latest solo performance ‘Because I Always Feel Like Running’ was nominated for – The ZKB Patronage Award and ZKB Audience Award during the 39th edition of Zürcher Theater Spektakel, in Zurich.

February 28, 2020 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Trio Ethio Blues & Bass w/ Etenesh Wassie, Sebastien Bacquias & Mathieu Sourisseau, Feb. 26 2020 @ Alliance Française


Date: February 26, 2020
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: from 7 pm
Entry: Free

February 21, 2020 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Live Afro/Coastal Beats: Rabuko Sessions ft. Lulu Abdalla, Feb. 26 2020 @ Rabuko Bistro, The Mall, Ground Floor – Westlands


Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Venue: Rabuko Bistro, The Mall – Westlands
Time: from 7.30 pm
Entry: Free

About
Said Abdallah AKA Lulu Abdallah was born in Mombasa in Likoni Mtongwe. The passion for music started very early when he used to see his father play the guitar which he later gave him as a present for his tenth birthday. From then music has been Abdallah’s passion till now.

Abdallah moved to Nairobi to study more about music and that’s where his music career started. Beginning with a traditional dance troupe Abdallah started traveling abroad with different groups as a percussionist, started to learn guitar and improving his vocal ability.

Abdallah’s music is fused with strong vocals and rhythms, he sings in Digo, Luhya, English, Swahili, and little French, musically versatile from jazz, to rhumba, to salsa, to reggae, to Latin music, to local rhythms. He released his debut album Thembassa in 2014.

Lulu Abdallah is coming on with full force doing what he loves the most music…

February 19, 2020 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Almost Vanishing Africa by Timothy Brooke, Feb. 29 – Mar. 29 2020 @ #16 Rosslyn Lone Tree


Opening: February 29, 2020
Venue: #16 Rosslyn Lone Tree

Until March 29, 2020

One Off is always delighted to hold an exhibition of spectacular paintings by veteran conservation artist, Timothy Brooke, who is undeniably ‘at the top of his game’ and painting like never before.

‘Almost vanishing Africa’ opens on 29th February. This show offers vignettes of a continent undergoing change so swiftly, that much of its natural wealth will shortly be a distant memory for us; something our grandchildren will only read about.

PRIVATE VIEW: Saturday, 29 February – 12 noon to 5 pm

February 14, 2020 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: The Jazz Experience ft. Mambo Tribe, Dan Mugoci & Michael Ongaro, Feb. 29 2020 @ Malindi


Date: February 29, 2020
Venue: Malindi
Time: from 9 pm
Tickets: KES 3,000/-

February 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Thaïs Diarra & Noumoucounda Cissoko in Concert! Feb. 21 2020 @ Alliance Française Nairobi


Date: February 21, 2020
Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi
Time: 7pm
Entry: Free

The Swiss afro-soul singer, Thaïs Diarra, with roots in Mali and Senegal, accompanied by the Senegalese kora player Noumoucounda Cissoko, the drummer, Axel Lussiez and the arranger/producer Fred Hirschy, will be in Nairobi for a one-off concert straight from the Sauti za Busara Festival.

Thaïs has worked and toured with Didier Awadi and Positive Black Soul. She has recorded three albums with Fred Hirschy. Her style is both a subtle mix of African instruments such as the kora and balafon and influences from American soul, reggae, Senegalese mbalax and Mandingo music.

February 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Evening Talk by Dr. Richard Leakey, Feb. 19 2020 @ Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden


Date: February 19, 2020
Venue: Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
Time: 6.30 for 7 pm
Tickets and Reservations: KES 1,500/- talk and drink, KES 3,500 talk, drink and dinner

February 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Sauti za Busara Festival, Feb. 13-16 2020 @ Stonetown, Zanzibar – Tanzania


Dates: February 13-16, 2020
Venue: Stonetown, Zanzibar – Tanzania

February 14, 2020 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Unganisha, Feb. 14 2020 @ Goethe-Institut


Date: Feb. 14, 2020
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

About
‘Unganisha’ is a musical collusion b/w a musician from Kenya – Labdi Ommes (Orutu & vocals) – & an experimental electronic artist from Norway – Bernt Isak Wærstad (electronics).

February 14, 2020 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Assembly by Samuel Ashanti Githinji, Until Mar. 31 2020 @ Red Hill Art Gallery


Dates: Until March 31, 2020
Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Born in 1989 in Gatundu, Central Kenya, Samuel Ashanti Githinjii is part of a new generation of East African conceptual artists. He acquired a diploma in Fine Art of the Buru Buru Art Institute in Nairobi in 2012.

His latest body of artworks is his response to local and global political, social and economic grievances, injustice and inequity.
He portrays Human Misery in bold brush strokes using primary colours, – blood-red, pitch-black and dark-blue. A metamorphosis of Human Bodies into Beasts.

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 on the dirt road (ignore the road climbing sharply right), after 50m take the right smaller track. Red Hill Art Gallery is located at the end of the track on the left side (red metal gate) Karibu!

From City Centre Matatu No 114. Stop ‘Posta’
The gallery is open daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

February 9, 2020 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: 29th Edition of The Koroga Festival – Love Edition ft. Diamond Platinumz, Mike Rua and H_Art the Band, Feb. 15 2020 @ Hell’s Gate – Naivasha


Date: February 15, 2020
Venue: Hell’s Gate, Naivasha
Time: 12 noon – 7 pm
Tickets: Advance KES 2,000/- (inclusive of Park Fee)

About
The Koroga Festival is a celebration of African music, food, art and fashion brought to you in the form of a concert and open boutique market.

February 9, 2020 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi County Visual Arts Exhibition: Call for Artistic Expressions by Feb. 21 2020 @ GoDown Arts Centre

February 9, 2020 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Pop Up & Chill Handmaker’s Market, Feb 16 2020 @ Shamba Café – Loresho


Date and time: Sunday – February 16th, 10am to 6pm
Venue: Shamba Cafe, Loresho
Entry: Free

About
“Pop Up & Chill is back with the first market of 2020. Find the best in locally hand-made goods from East Africa’s top designers & makers on February 16th from 10am to 6pm at the beautiful Shamba Cafe in Loresho, Nairobi while enjoying great music, great company, great food and all around great vibes.

Our market is free to the public and kid friendly. There will be a crafty corner for the kids as well as a selection of lovingly handmade clothing, leather goods, jewellery, furniture, home decor, prints, apothecary goods, healthy food, baked goods and yummy cocktails among other drinks.”

February 9, 2020 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Screenings: Monday Movie Nights with Mugambi Nthiga – Oscar Snubs Vol. 1, Every Monday Evening @ K1 Klub – Parklands


Dates: Every Monday Evening
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: K1 Klub House, Parklands
Entry: Free

February 9, 2020 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Tomorrow Documentary, Jan. 28 2020 @ The Alchemist Bar – Westlands


Date: January 28, 2020
Venue: The Alchemist Bar – Westlands
Time: 8 pm

As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, all in their thirties, explore the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy…) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future.

https://www.demain-lefilm.com/en

https://www.facebook.com/events/2730779010502320/

January 24, 2020 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

NOMA! An XR Experience, Jan. 23 – Feb. 4 2020 @ Goethe-Institut Auditorium


Dates: Until February 4, 2020
Venue: Goethe-Institut Kenya

NOMA!An XR Experience
The integration of visual art forms with Virtual and Augmented Reality and deploying these technologies in a learning and experimental context while building capacity and exposing artists to these new arts formats form the pillars to the three-month program State of the ARt.

The fusion at the intersection of technology between artists and tech visionaries can be experienced from 23rd January – 04th February, 2020 at the Goethe-Institut, Auditorium.

January 24, 2020 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

Writers’ Forum: Mbogi ya Mawriters, Jan. 25 2020 @ Alliance Française


Date: January 25, 2020
Venue: Médiathèque, Alliance Française
Time: 2 pm
Entrance: Free

Vincent de Paul is an Author/Freelance Writer, Editor and Publisher. He has published 11 books (two novels, three collections of flash fiction stories, and six poetry books). He has also been published in anthologies in Kenya and West Africa (Through the Journey of Hope by the Writers Guild Kenya and Black Communion: An Anthology of Poems by New Age African Poets in West Africa).

January 22, 2020 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: ‘Facing Life’, by Olivia Pendergast, Jan. 25 – Feb. 23 2020 @ #16 Rosslyn Lone Tree Estate


Opens: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Venue: #16 Rosslyn Lone Tree Estate (One Off Contemporary Art Gallery)

Until: February 23, 2020

About
One Off proudly opens the year with an exhibition of glorious portraits (and a couple of beautiful landscapes) by Olivia Pendergast. ‘Facing Life’ is vintage Pendergast.

Rich oil painting replete with her signature over-drawing.

January 17, 2020 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Atlantico – Angola and Sao Tome & Principe Contemporary, Jan 22 – Feb. 21 2020 @ Circle Art Gallery


Opens: Wednesday 22 Jan, 2020
Venue: Circle Art Gallery
Time: 6 – 8 pm

Runs until 21 February 2020

Featuring: Babu | Uólofe Griot | Ricardo Kapuka | António Ole | Kapelo Paulo | Daniela Ribiero
Kwame Sousa | Joana Taya | Nelo Teixeira | Van | Franciso Vidal | Zbi

ATLANTICO: ANGOLA AND SÃO TOMÉ & PRÍNCIPE CONTEMPORARY
Circle’s first exhibition for 2020 is a group show featuring 11 artists from Angola and one from São Tomé & Príncipe; a combination of established masters & emerging artists living in Angola and the diaspora. ATLANTICO presents a cross-section of the varied practices developing in contemporary art from this geographical region of Atlantic Africa.

All the works embrace fiction and non-fiction; incorporating personal, political, economic, cultural, and mythological themes.

The exhibition is curated by Dominick A. Maia Tanner, producer-curator and gallerist at ‘ELA-Espaço Luanda Arte’.

He is also the founder of ´Angola AIR´ the country´s first artist-in-residence programme for non-Angolans artists and collectors.

January 17, 2020 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Showcase Wednesday with Brian Sigu, Jan. 22 2020 @ Alliance Française


Date: January 22, 2020
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: from 7 pm
Entry: Free

About
Brian Sigu taught himself music at a tender age finding inspiration from his grandfather. Over the years he has perfected his art by singing with various bands since leaving high school. His Afro fused rhythms delivered with passion and energetic intensity result in a captivating performance.
Sigu believes anything is possible if you feel it in your heart and is currently working on his new album, JA’MBAKA

January 17, 2020 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

Uncovering Freedom: on Sudan’s Historic Revolution – Khalid Albaih in Conversation with Rozan Ahmed, Jan. 17 2020 @ Circle Art Gallery

Uncovering Freedom
Date: Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
Venue: Circle Art Gallery
Time: 6-8 pm

January 16, 2020 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Creative Millennials, Jan. 16-26 2020 @ Alliance Française


Dates: January 16-26, 2020
Venue: Alliance Française

Artists: Andrew Chege, Zephaniah Lukuamba, Joseph Makau, Edna Taabu, Otto Gohole, Moses Sabayi, Elam Yabish, Margaret Sherie, Martin Musyoka, Philip Oyuga & Elizabeth Kiambi.

Creative millennials is an art movement of upcoming and practicing artists, made up of alumni of the Dept. of Fine Art and Design of the Kenyatta University, as well as some final year students. Their passion for creating exceptional work and availing it to the public is their driving force.

January 16, 2020 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Exhibition Launch: Wasted, Dec. 19 2019 @ Shifteye Studios, The Priory – Argwings Khodek Road


Date: December 19, 2019
Venue: Shifteye Studios, The Priory, Argwings Khodek Road, Nairobi
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free

About
An immersive experience to launch wasted.ke’s debut project, #Wasted, a creative response to the plastic pollution crises where they turn the mirror on themselves and then ask you — can you do it better?

December 16, 2019 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Kilifi New Year 2020 ft. Osunlade, Blinky Bill, Kampire, Jack Rooster, the Kaya Collective, Valerie Muthoni & Yellow Light Machine et al, Dec. 30 2019 – Jan. 2 2020 @ Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi


Dates: Dec. 30 2019 – Jan. 2 2020
Venue: Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi

December 13, 2019 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Musical and Performances: Annual Paa ya Paa Mama Christmas, Dec. 15 2019 @ Paa ya Paa – Ridgeways


Date: December 15, 2019
Venue: Paa ya Paa, Ridgeways
Time: from 10 am

December 13, 2019 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

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