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NCAI Presents KASPALE by Syowia Kyambi, Mar. 23 – Jun. 30 2023 @ NCAI – Rosslyn Riviera Mall.

Opening Date: March 23, 2023

Venue: NCAI, Rosslyn Riviera Mall

Time: 5-8 PM

To attend, signup here –

On Until June 30, 2023


KASPALE, a solo exhibition by Syowia Kyambi, opens on Thursday, 23rd March 2023 at 5pm.

Kaspale is a trickster character created by Kyambi to intervene in situations where the burden of often violent histories has rendered them difficult to articulate and engage with.

March 22, 2023 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Showcase Wednesday – La Francophonie Edition ft. Syssi Mananga & DJ KasbaH, Mar. 22 2023 @ Alliance Française.

Date: March 22, 2023

Venue: Alliance Française

Time: from 7 PM

Entry: Free


Syssi Mananga

With a cultural identity split between Africa and Europe, Syssi Mananga’s music is like the wind (mopepe in Lingala) cross-bordered and fluid. It can’t be caged in or boxed in a single genre. Reflecting my mixed heritage, my musical signature is a fusion of styles, at the crossroads of Kongo rhythms, folk, jazz and pop.

DJ KasbaH

The concert will be followed by a live DJ set with DJ KasbaH.  KasbaH is a DJ, producer and music explorer. Through his Trans Africa Airlines, Kasbah’s music will have you on your feet with a musical panorama of the Francophone world.

March 22, 2023 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Last Born of Melody by Nega Yilma (from Ethiopia), Mar. 11 – Apr. 7 2023 @ Banana Hill Art Gallery.

Dates: March 11 – April 7, 2023

Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery


Experience the vibrant and culturally-rich art exhibition, “The Last Born of Melody” by Ethiopian artist Nega Yilma, on display from March 11 – 7 April, 2023 at the Banana Hill Art Gallery.

Yilma’s intricate patterns and traditional motifs bring to life themes of identity and history.

March 10, 2023 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

the Pio Gama Pinto Exhibition, Mar. 5 – May 31 2023 @ the Nairobi Gallery – CBD.

Opening: March 5, 2023

Venue: the Nairobi Gallery

Time: from 3 PM

Dates: Until May 31, 2023

Entry: Museum Rates Apply


Step into history and celebrate the life of a true Kenyan hero #PioGamaPinto – Independent Kenya’s first martyr.

March 7, 2023 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: ‘Double Perspectives’ by Adam Masava & Coster Ojwang’, Mar. 8-29 2023 @ Garden Lounge Gallery, Next to NCBA Bank – Village Market.

Dates: March 8-29, 2023

Venue: Garden Lounge Gallery, Next to NCBA Bank – Village Market

Time: 9 am – 6 pm

March 7, 2023 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Her Story by Over 30 Women Artists, Mar. 6-26 2023 @ Alliance Française.

Dates: March 6-26, 2023

Venue: Alliance Française

About An exhibition of artworks by over 30 women artists that are inspiring, thought-provoking, and a showcase of achievement. #IWD2023

March 7, 2023 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Matteo Di Leonardo Kenyan Tour: Concert Schedule for Nairobi with Mackinley, Jo_G and Mike Onyie, Feb. 16-17 2023 @ Geco Café & Shamba Café. 

Date & time: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Venue: Geco Café, Mbaazi Road 

Free admission

Date & time: Friday Feb. 17, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Shamba Cafe (Loresho Ridge)

Free admission


The Italian Cultural Institute in Nairobi has the pleasure of inviting you to two concerts to be held by Italian guitarist Matteo Di Leonardo in Nairobi together with Mackinley (Trumpet), Jo_G (Drums) and Onyie (Bass) on 16th and 17th February, and two further concerts, with the Mijikenda Jazz Band in Watamu and Malindi on 20th and 21st February (schedule below).

Matteo Di Leonardo (1993) is a jazz guitarist born and raised in Teramo, Italy. After completing his studies at the Brussels Conservatory, he began his artistic career that led him to perform in several countries in Europe (Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland), as well as in Africa (Kenya). In 2019 he released the album “Kabisa,” in collaboration with some of Kenya’s best jazz musicians, including Juma Tutu and Mackinley Mutsembi.


  • Monday, Feb. 20th at 7.00pm: MATTEO DI LEONARDO with the MIJIKENDA JAZZ BAND

Sunset Beach Watamu– Free admission

  • Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 7.00pm: MATTEO DI LEONARDO with the MIJIKENDA JAZZ BAND

Barbar Malindi – Free admission

February 15, 2023 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Digital Informalities, Feb. 10-26 2023 @ Wajukuu Arts Collective, Mukuru Lunga Lunga.

Opening: February 10, 2023

Venue: Wajukuu Arts Collective, Mukuru Lunga Lunga

Time: 3 PM Dates:

Until February 26, 2023


A contemporary art exhibition about the forms of security, reciprocity and trust necessary for a community to thrive in a world marked by digitalization.

An exhibition with artists; Shabu Mwangi (KEN), Joan Otieno (KEN), Mounir Ayoub (TUN, CH), Flurina Rothenberger (CH), Ngugi Waweru (KEN), Nabalayo (KEN), Wanjiru Ngure (KEN) and Ronald Pizzoferrato (VEN).

A Matza project curated by Anja Wyden Guelpa and Séverin Guelpa.

February 13, 2023 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Concert: Form Ya Mabestie ~ Yaba’s Birthday Party, Feb. 5 2023 @ the Alchemist – Westlands.

Date: February 5, 2023

Venue: the Alchemist, Westlands

Time: from 3 PM

Tickets: KES 500/- Advance, and KES 800/- at the Gate


Yaba is a prolific upcoming musician and performer who has graced both big and small stages to provide entertainment under a genre of music called Rhumbacane.

The genre has inspired an event series called Ibada Ya Rhumbacane usually hosted at The Alchemist in Westlands, Nairobi.

On the 5th of February, the series will be hosting its 6th event with theme of ‘A Month of Love’ to celebrate both the Valentines theme of the month and Yaba’s love and appreciation for his craft and fanbase.

The Music concert will be featuring a line up of nine artists including a live band and DJ performances.

The artists featured will be: YABA. Steph Kapela, Dj Shikkiey, Le’ Laika, Apesi, Coster Ojwang and three curtain raisers.

February 3, 2023 at 4:56 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: ‘The Moon Man has Gone Under the Sea…’ Recent Works by Jessica Atieno, Jan. 22 – March 5 2023 @ Red Hill Art Gallery.

Opening: January 22, 2023

Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Jessica Atieno will give an introduction into  her artworks at around 2.00 pm.

James Mweu and is dance group will present a dance performance in the afternoon.

Screen Prints on large canvasses

Jessica Atieno explores the role of historic photographic archives in reconstituting current perspectives within ethnographic representations.

“What happens when a photographic object vacates the space of the archive and is re-appropriated in the creation of a new artistic work?”

The exhibition is on view until 5th March 2023.

January 20, 2023 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: A Trajectory of Etchings – 1980’s to 2000 by Rashid Diab (from Sudan), Nov. 20 2022 – Jan. 12 2023 @ Red Hill Art Gallery.

Opening: November 20, 2022

Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Until January 12, 2023


Red Hill Art Gallery is honoured to show in this exhibition part of the archive of the artist’s print work dated from the 1980’s until 2000, which he created during his 20 year stay in Madrid (Spain), as Artist-in-Residence, a PHD fellow and later as a lecturer at the Department of Fine Art at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Rashid Diab is a master in print techniques including the complete spectrum of Etchings, Collagraphs, Aquatints, Woodcuts and Silkscreens.

The exhibition comprises a selection of more than 50 prints, from meticulously elaborated miniatures to multi-coloured large-scale prints.

November 20, 2022 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: 20th Annual Lamu Cultural Festival, Nov. 24-26 2022 @ Lamu Archipelago.

Dates: November 24-26, 2022

Venue: Lamu Archipelago, Lamu County

November 20, 2022 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Samosa Festival: Film Screening ~ Supastaz, Joy’s Garden & Millet, Nov. 24 2022 @ Cheche Bookshop & Café – Lavington.

Date: November 24, 2022

Venue: Cheche Bookshop & Café – Lavington

Time: from 6.30 PM

Entry: Free

November 20, 2022 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Escape, Journey to the Heart of Digital Culture, Nov. 16-30 2022 @ Alliance Française.

Dates: November 16-30, 2022

Venue: Alliance Française


The exhibition offers an educational and playful look at digital cultures through a selection of artworks that combine web documentaries, video games, and AI.

Organized in three sections: “A History of the Internet”, “The Data War”, and “Digital Humanity”, it will allow us to explore the upheavals caused by the Digital Revolution through its major concepts: Web, social networks, algorithms, data, GAFAM, hacker, maker, fake news, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, etc.

In an era that constantly encourages us to connect, the exhibition invites us to look at this digital world with a critical eye, to take a step to the side and escape its grip for a moment.

November 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Under Our Skin International Film Festival on Human Rights, Nov. 11-19 2022 @ Various Locations in Nairobi

Dates: November 11-19, 2022

Venues: Unseen Nairobi, Mathare Social Justice Centre, KU School of Law – Parklands & Baraza Media Lab

Programme: Download it here (pdf)

November 14, 2022 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Magical Kenya Travel Expo: Rediscover the Magic, Oct. 5-7 2022 @ Bomas of Kenya

Dates: October 5-7, 2022

Venue: Bomas of kenya

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Tickets: $ 30 for a 3 days pass

Tickets and more information, available, here ->

October 6, 2022 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Muze Open Air Presents DJ Le’Soul (from South Africa) ft. Hometown Heroes, Oct. 1 2022 @ the Mall Rooftop

Date: October 1, 2022

Venue: the Mall Rooftop, #Westlands

Time: from 5 PM

Tickets: KES 3,000/- at the Gate, & KES 2,000/- Advance

Adv. Tickets Available, here:


September 30, 2022 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

Macondo Literary Festival 2022 – The Future of Memories, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 2022 @ Kenya National Theatre

Opening: September 30, 2022

Venue: Kenya National Theatre

Time: from 4.30 PM

Entry: Free (RSVP, here –…)

Festival Dates: October 1-2, 2022

Venue: #Kenya National Theatre

Weekend Pass: KES 1,000/- at the Gate & KES 800/-; Advance Day Pass: KES 700/- at the Gate & KES 500/- Advance .

#MacondoLitFest: A Gathering of Writers from Lusophone, Francophone & Anglophone Africa & Brazil.

September 30, 2022 at 5:22 pm 1 comment

Out of Town: Nyege Nyege Festival, Sept. 15-18 2022 @ Itanda Falls, Jinja – Uganda.

Dates: September 15-18, 2022

Venue: Itanda Falls, Jinja – Uganda

Find more information, here.

September 14, 2022 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Mixed Exhibition: ‘Leaves of Life’ by Olivia Pendergast, Mark Lecchini, Myrna van der Veen, Fitsum Berhe, Dennis Muraguri, Anthony Okello, James Mbuthia & Yoni Waite, Jul. 30 – Aug. 21 2022 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Opening: July 30, 2022

Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Time: Noon – 4 PM

Featured artists include Olivia Pendergast, Mark Lecchini, Myrna van der Veen, Fitsum Berhe, Dennis Muraguri, Anthony Okello, James Mbuthia, along with some older works from Yoni Waite. 

Exhibition Run: Until August 21, 2022 

Gallery open: Tuesday through Sunday from 10am – 4.30pm.​​

The show will continue through August with the exception of Election Week.

July 30, 2022 at 6:42 am Leave a comment

Open Studio: In Which Our Wants are Worlds by Wanini Kimemiah, Jul. 29 2022 @ the C& Office – the Mall, Westlands

Open Studio: Friday, 29 July 2022

Venue: the Mall, 1st Floor – Westlands

Time: 6-9 PM

The work will be on view Until August 26th 2022

July 28, 2022 at 2:42 am Leave a comment

Hip Hop City Premiere! Screening, Panel & Old Skul Kenyan Hip Hop Party, Jul. 22 2022 @ the Mall, Basement – #Westlands

Date: July 22, 2022

Venue: The Mall, Basement – Westlands

Time: 6 PM till Late

Entry: Free


Launch of a 3 part Documentary on Hip Hop music’s influence on the Kenyan urban culture, identity, fashion and social change.

The screening will be accompanied by a brief panel discussion with pioneers from the Kenyan hip hop music scene.

Special performances by Kalamashaka and a select group of DJ’s.

A collaboration between Goethe Institut Kenya & The MIST.

July 21, 2022 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

EKENYAGWECHWECHACHWECHERIA – Exhibition About Loss & Life, Jul. 21-28 2022 @ 101 Manyani E

Opening: July 21, 2022

Venue: 101, Manyani E

Time: 6PM

Exhibition by: Elkana Ong’esa, Moses Nyawanda, Iddi Achieng & Musa Omusi

Until: July 28, 2022

July 21, 2022 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Sarakasi za Siasa by Joseph Bertiers, Jul. 13 – 31 2022 @ Alliance Française

Dates: July 13-31, 2022

Venue: Alliance Française

Sarakasi za Siasa by Joseph Bertiers

Joseph Mbatia Njoroge, or ‘Bertiers’ as he is fondly known, began his artistic career as a professional sign writer.  Over the past three decades, Bertiers’ lively, realistic and colourful paintings have humorously chronicled and weaved many local and international events with everyday life in Kenya. 

This exhibition of his large-scale canvasses and life-size sculptures offers a satirical view of Kenyan politics over the years.

July 12, 2022 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Women into Family by Chilonga, Jul. 2-29 2022 @ Banana Hill Art Gallery

Dates: July 2-29, 2022

Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery

July 4, 2022 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

Out of Town: Inaugural Celebration of World Kiswahili Day 2022: Kiswahili for Peace, Integration & Development, Jul. 7 2022 @ National Museums of Kenya, Heritage Training Institute – Mombasa

Date: July 7, 2022

Venue: National Museums of Kenya, Heritage Training Institute – Mombasa

Time: 9 am – 6 pm

Dress code: Swahili Attire

July 4, 2022 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Lost Paradise by Mohamed Abdella Otaybi (Sudanese, b. 1948), Jun. 29 – Jul. 30 2022 @ Circle Art Gallery

Opening: June 29, 2022

Venue: Circle Art Gallery

Until: July 30, 2022

This is Mohamed Otaybi’s first solo exhibition in Kenya, presenting 25 paintings made during the last decade.


Otaybi graduated from the Khartoum College of Fine and Applied Arts and began working as an artist during the dynamic period of the 1970s in Sudan. He was immersed in the debates about cultural heritage and Sudanese visual identity of the Khartoum School at the time. Many of these debates are still significant in Sudan today – the combination of Africanism, Islam, Arabism and Sudanese identity.  

Long recognised and acclaimed as an influential figure in Sudanese art, Otaybi’s painterly language has evolved throughout his career, consolidating his reputation and strength as a colourist. Architectural and decorative motifs and calligraphic forms populate his paintings. Layering hues to create depth and vibration add to the mythological and dreamlike quality of his paintings, which reference a cultural past. Otaybi is also a celebrated cartoonist and illustrator, and elements of his graphic and satirical approach often translate into his paintings.

Otaybi’s lyrical images of life, nature, music and a heritage that combines Islamic symbolism and a modern multicultural way of life in Sudan, speaks of his country’s past and present and resonates with people across the world. As well as holding regular solo exhibitions in Khartoum, North Africa and the Arab world from 1970 to the present, he has shown in international group exhibitions including the Sharjah Biennial, UAE, 1993; Modernism in Sudanese Art, British Museum, London, 2004; Sudan: Emergence of Singularities, P21 Gallery, London, 2017 and Khartoum Contemporary, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2017. His work features in private and public collections including the National Museum in Sharjah.  In 2018, Otaybi was the focus of the article ‘Masters We Need to Master’, Collector Magazine, Art Africa. 

June 27, 2022 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Variety Cultural Show (Music, Acrobatics, Spoken Word & Dance) ft. Exray, Mbuzi Gang, Nelmo Newsong, Kenzo Matata & Billher, Jun. 25 2022 @ Mukuru Youth Initiative, Mukuru kwa Reuben

Date: June 25, 2022

Venue: Mukuru Youth Initiative, Mukuru kwa Reuben

Time: 12 Noon – 6 PM

Entry: Free


This is a community performance event happening this Saturday at Mukuru Kwa Reuben.

The show includes musicians, dancers, acrobats and spoken word artists, as well as an open mic session for upcoming artists from the Mukuru community to showcase their skills.

This show is a culmination of a week-long set of activities by the GoDown Art Centre (and finnisage local event for the ArtXchange project).

June 24, 2022 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Simultaneous Exhibitions: ‘Africa Re-Imagined: A Six Year Exploration’ by Geoff Weedon & ‘Intimacy of Things’ by Olivia Pendergast, May 28 – Jun. 19 2022 @ One Off Contemporary Gallery

One Off is delighted to present Geoff Weedon’s first solo show in Kenya; ‘Africa Re-Imagined’. Weedon first visited Africa six years ago and the impact of the wildlife and its people is clear because he has painted little else since, returning again and again for inspiration and reference. This show is a reflection of six years playful exploration which has expressed itself in different styles and formed distinct series, two of which are displayed in this exhibition. 

Meanwhile, opening simultaneously is ‘Intimacy of things’, an exhibition of oil paintings by one of our most popular artists, Olivia Pendergast.  In her latest works, Pendergast places her subjects in their places of work, surrounded by the objects which are of significance in their lives.  In each painting, Pendergast uses hands, rather than eyes as her tool of expression, along with her signature re-applied pencil lines.  The show marks a shift in direction for the artist which will delight her audience.


Opening: May 28, 2022

Venue: One Off Contemporary Gallery

Time: Noon – 4 PM

Exhibitions Run: Saturday, 28 May through 19 June 2022 

Gallery open: Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 4.30 PM.​​

June 1, 2022 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

The 11th Affordable Art Show, May 13-15 2022 @ Nairobi National Museum

Opening: May 13, 2022

Venue: the Courtyard, NMK

Time: 4-7 PM (1 hr viewing Sessions)

Tickets: KES 200/- (Prepayment)

Exhibition dates: May 14-15, 2022

Venue: Nairobi National Museum

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Free Entry

All art priced below KES 150,000/-.

May 13, 2022 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

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