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

Dates: May 6-16, 2021

Medium: Online

https://freiburger-filmforum.de/en/home-2/

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

About

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

About
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

About
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

Exhibition: Group Show with selected artists from Kenya, Uganda and Sudan, Mar. 2-22 2021 @ Circle Art Gallery

Group Show at Circle Art Gallery. | Image via the Gallery


Dates: March 2-22, 2021
Venue: Circle Art Gallery

About
In the gallery over the next 3 weeks we have a selection of new work from some of East Africa’s most experimental emerging and established artists. Come and visit the gallery for an overview of new paintings, sculpture and works on paper by the following artists;

Paul Onditi, Longinos Nagila, Miska Mohmmed, Florin Iki, Jonathan Solanke Gathaara Fraser, Maliza Kiasuwa, Donald Wasswa, Onyis Martin, Nadia Wamuya, Paul Njihia, Wanjohi Maina, Shabu Mwangi, Dennis Muraguri and Cyrus Kabiru.

Image via the Gallery

March 10, 2021 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

Pop Up & Chill Handmaker’s Market, Feb. 28 2021 @ Levilla Gardens, Nderi Road – Kikuyu


Date: Sunday, February 28th, 2021
Venue: Levilla Gardens – Nderi Road, Kikuyu
Time: 10am to 6pm
Entry: Free

About
Find the best in locally hand-made goods from East Africa’s top designers & makers on February 28th from 10am to 6pm at the beautiful Levilla Gardens in Kikuyu while enjoying great music, great company, great food and all around great vibes with a whole lot of social distancing.

Our market is free to the public and will adhere to the Ministry of Health protocols. It will be outdoors, socially distant, have temperature checks, hand sanitizer and will have monitored capacity. Please stay safe and wear your mask.

Find more information, here.

February 21, 2021 at 10:37 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Sound and Light Show, Every Week-end @ Fort Jesus, Mombasa


Dates: Every Weekend (Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Venue: Fort Jesus, Mombasa
Time: 7PM

Duration: 60 Minutes

About
The 40-minute Fort Jesus multimedia show is an enchanting experience which will take
your breath away, with 3D projection mapping, holograms, lasers, fire, water and designer
fireworks.

The show will take you through the realm of history from 15th Century to 21st Century
in 3D, bringing the fort to life and enchanting your imagination.

February 11, 2021 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Music and Poetry: Love Made in Eastlando, Feb. 14 2021 @ Alliance Française


Date: February 14, 2021
Venue: Alliance Française

About
Join the award-winning Sheng poet, Teardrops, and singer/song writer Ambasa Mandela, for a romantic afternoon of poetry and music made in Eastlando.

February 11, 2021 at 10:10 am 1 comment

Exhibition: Black on White by Onyis Martin, Jessica Atieno, Lemek Tompoika, Gor Soudan, Samuel Githinji, William Wambugu, Churchill Ongere and Antony Mega, Until Feb. 28 2021 @ Red Hill Art Gallery

| Onyis Martin, ‘Re-construction’, 55 x 75 cm, Ink on Paper | via the Gallery.

Dates: Until February 28, 2021
Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

February 3, 2021 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

MUZE Open Air ft. Juls and Blinky Bill, Feb. 6 2021 @ Ngong Racecourse


Date: Saturday, 6th February 2021
Venue: Ngong Racecourse
Time: 12 Noon – 8 PM

About
London born Ghanaian record producer ‘Juls a.k.a. Juls Baby’’ is set to headline the very first edition of the Muze Open Air experience on 6th February 2021 at the Ngong Racecourse.

The record producer whose real name is Julian Nicco-Annan, has produced for some of the biggest acts globally. His history of collaborations includes Lauryn Hill, Burna Boy, Goldlink, Tyler the Creator, Masego, Mr. Eazi, Kojey Radical (“Temperature Rising”), Maleek Berry and Nonso Amadi (“Early”), Eugy, Not3s, and Kojo Funds (“Bad”). His single, “Maayaa,” arrived in July 2019 and was followed by his innovative tape “Colour”. Most recently, he has released his latest project titled ‘Soweto Blues” featuring Busiswa and Jaz which is a perfect combination of the soft sound of house and soul with some strong elements of Amapiano.

Juls will be the first international act to grace the Muze Open Air stage which is also the first installment of this experience. Muze Open Air is a quintessential urban cultural event that has been specially curated to create a different outdoor atmosphere away from the usual concert experience. Muze Open Air will be a monthly event with different international acts drawn from a variety of musical genres headlining the experience all year round. All who attend can expect a new twist on mixology , food and design too.

Additional highlights to this first edition of Muze Open Air are Kenyan artist and record producer Blinky Bill and leading DJs Hiribae, Vidza, Paps and DJ Jo Kisila.

Muze Open Air will be a socially distanced event and will meet all Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines to provide a safe and healthy environment.

February 3, 2021 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Installation: Made in Eastlando by Kevo Abbra in Collaboration with Poet Teardrops, Jan. 28 – Feb. 21 2021 @ Alliance Française


Dates: January 28 – February 21, 2021
Venue: Alliance Française

January 29, 2021 at 10:35 pm Leave a comment

Solo Exhibition: The Source of Our Seas by Shabu Mwangi, Jan. 27 – Feb. 17 2021 @ Circle Art Gallery


Dates: January 27 – February 17, 2021
Venue: Circle Art Gallery

About
The Source of our Seas will be Shabu’s first solo show since 2017 and his second with Circle. This exhibition combines recent paintings alongside a series of poems by the artist.

Shabu Mwangi has been a practising artist since 2003. This work traces an ongoing personal journey of striving to understand the balance between the two things that drive us, love and pain and how we react in different ways depending on which is dominant. Shabu Mwangi’s work has previously dealt with questions of collective suffering, and the effects that inequality, marginalization, and other forms of structural violence have on communities. In this new body of work, he has tuned his gaze inward, focusing on an examination of the self. He asks himself questions about how he sees the people around him, and his interactions with them.

“We are all connected to one another, and none of us is truly free from our collective struggles. I have a family, I have a clan, I have a tribe…”

In this work, Shabu considers these different stages or levels of connection. Because we are all interconnected, and because the work is drawn from the reality and rhythm of the world, he believes that people will, each in their own way, relate to the work.

Shabu lives and works in Mukuru slum where he established the Wajukuu Art Project in 2013 with a deep conviction that his work could highlight the lives of the disadvantaged minorities in his community. His last exhibition was The Stateless at Circle in 2017 and his work has been shown in the UK, France and Germany.

January 29, 2021 at 10:35 pm Leave a comment

Opportunity: Applications Open to Participate in the Copyright X Programme, Until Jan. 12 2021.


Dates: Until January 12, 2021

About
The training is offered by the GoDown Arts Centre in partnership with BKC Harvard – Harvard University.

For more information and to apply, visit; http://copyx.thegodownartscentre.com/

January 5, 2021 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

NYE 2021 Party: Zoom Nite In with DJ D-Lite, Dec. 31 2020


Date: December 31, 2020
Medium: Zoom
Time: from 9 PM – 6 AM (EAT)
Tickets: KES 500/- (Available, here)

About
Join DJ D-Lite from 9 PM this Thursday as we make the JUMP out of 2020 in style – Ultimate NEW YEAR PARTY on ZOOM.

All Music Genres, All Night. 100% COVID-19 Compliant!!

Tickets are Ksh 500 and available via https://checkout.mookhpay.com/zoom-nites

December 31, 2020 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

Christmas Exhibition: Latest Works from a Selection of Artists, Until Jan. 16 2021 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery


Dates: Until January 16, 2021
Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

December 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Online Concert: A Sol Christmas by Sauti Sol, Dec. 25 2020


Date: December 25, 2020
Time: 9:30pm (EAT)
Medium: Live on Sauti Sol’s Youtube channel

In partnership w/ Sol Generation Music et al.

December 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Drive-In Cinema / Screenings: Live Love Nairobi Festival 2020, Dec 23 2020 @ Uhuru Park

Date: December 23, 2020
Venue: Uhuru Park
Time: 4-8 PM

About
We’re bringing back the olden goldies. We have partnered with Nairobi City County to bring you the Drive-In Cinema. Join Kenya Film Commission on 23 December 2020 at Uhuru Park and enjoy the best of Kenyan films.

December 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

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

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