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20th Pop Up & Chill Handmaker’s Market, Aug. 8 2021 @ Mövenpick Hotel – Mkungu Close, Westlands

Date: Sunday – August 8th, 2021

Venue: Mövenpick Hotel – Mkungu Close, Westlands

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

Entry: Free

About

Find the best in locally hand-made goods from East Africa’s top designers & makers on Sunday, August 8th from 10am to 6pm at Mövenpick Hotel, Westlands.

Our market brings together a selection of lovingly handmade clothing, leather goods, jewellery, furniture, home decor, art prints, apothecary goods, healthy food, baked goods and much more. There will be plenty of kids activities among them, a designated play area and of course, swimming.

Our market is free to the public and will strictly adhere to the Ministry of Health regulations and guidelines. It will be outdoors, maintain soicial-distance, have temperature checks, hand sanitizer and will have monitored capacity.

Find more information, here.

August 2, 2021 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: There is a Time and a Place, May 12 – Jun. 11 2021 @ Circle Art Gallery

There is a Time and a Place: A solo exhibition by Jonathan Gathaara Sölanke Fraser.

Dates: Until 11 June 2021

Venue: Circle Art Gallery

About

Circle is pleased to present There Is a Time and a Place, the first ever solo exhibition for emerging Kenyan artist Jonathan Gathaara Sölanke Fraser (b. 1995). 

Jonathan Gathaara Sölanke Fraser is a multidisciplinary artist working across various media living and working in Nairobi. Fraser studied Fine Art at Kenyatta University. Previous exhibitions include I Will See What I Want to See, 2019 at Circle Art Gallery; If Not Now, 2018 at Cave Bureau, Nairobi; Line: The Basic Element, 2018 at One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi; Stranger Times, 2017 at Circle Art Gallery; Anatomy of Me, 2017 at The Art Space, Nairobi.

Fraser uses drawing as a means to engage with the world around him through a varied approach that includes observational sketching, plant pressing, digital image collection and writing. This multifarious set of activities presents a unique opportunity to activate his interaction with his environment. This interactivity with the world strives towards a more internal and intuitive “knowing”, a knowing born less of experience and learning and more of dreaming. 

In his first solo exhibition, Fraser works through drawing to complicate meaning as well as create new relationships between objects and ideas by utilizing slowness, bodily awareness and careful observation. Elements in the drawing field are allowed to take up the same quality of space, eschewing the various contexts they would typically exist in. The composition of the drawing field itself is broken down so that one’s conventional approach to looking at and understanding it is revised. The drawings are energetic and enigmatic and in this way encourage the viewer to participate actively in the processes the artist himself uses.

Fraser invites the viewer to consider the transformation, big or small, brought on by even the slightest shift in the conditions under which we encounter, or are presented with an object. This process of de-contextualization – sometimes subtle, other times abrupt – is aided by repetition of certain motifs and objects within and across several compositions. This gesture extends them across space and time. The reiteration and multiplication stretches the distance between the initial and final encounter with an object within the work. In doing so, it engenders a slowing down and increased attentiveness to these groups of interactive symbols and how they function according to the illogic of Fraser’s environments. In these works, the artist emphasizes the contingent nature of meaning, highlighting how our reading of objects is dependent on their relationships with other objects, with space, and with time.  


The works in this exhibition combine drawing as description and analysis with drawing as an act of conjuring. Fraser performs a visual alchemy, his mystifying mises en scene inviting the viewer to follow along as he traverses a dreamlike space where meaning, while unstable, is always lurking just around the bend. 

In line with social-distancing rules Covid-19 safety restrictions, viewing of the exhibition is by appointment only. Please use the link below to book a time slot. 

Jonathan Fraser’s solo exhibition, book appointment on ARTSVP 

May 19, 2021 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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