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Safaricom Youth Orchestra Auditions, Mar. 7 2015 @ Michael Joseph Centre

Auditions SYO 2015
Safaricom Youth Orchestra is happy to announce the auditions at the beginning of March for any talented, committed and hardworking young musicians out there who are interested in joining their ensemble. Please note that because there are only limited spaces available, they will be auditioning for particular instruments.

Auditions open to students between the ages of 10 – 17 years

PS: You need to write to to receive your audition application form | See the poster for further details.

March 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

EABL Love Whisky Festival, Until Dec. 12 2014 @ Love Whisky Shop

Love Whisky
Link to the Whiskey Shop App on Facebook

November 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

Now on Sale! Kenya Arts Diary 2015, from Oct. 21 2014 @ Various Bookshops, Art Galleries & Gift Shops in Nairobi

KAD 2015
Recommended retail price: KES 1,600

October 25, 2014 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

Launch of the Kenya Arts Diary 2015, Oct. 21 2014 @ Heinrich Böll Foundation offices

Kenya Arts Diary 2015 Cover | Via Margaretta WaGacheru

Kenya Arts Diary 2015 Cover | Via Margaretta WaGacheru

The official launch of the Kenya Arts Diary 2015 will be held this coming Tuesday, October 21 at 6pm at the Heinrich Böll Foundation offices on Forest Road.

Guest of Honor at the Launch of this the 5th Kenya Arts Diary will be the German Ambassador, Mr. Andreas Peschke who will official launch the Diary and open the 2nd Kenya Arts Diary Artists Exhibition.

The exhibition will feature a portion of artworks by the more than 60 artists whose art is included in this year’s Diary.

The Kenya Arts Diary is the brain child of glass artist Nani Croze who is also the founder of the Kitengela Glass Research and Training Trust. Since 2010 Nani has been working with a team of art-loving volunteers to assemble art works by the best and brightest young Kenyan artists around. Kul Graphics has also played an invaluable role in publishing the full-color diary every year.

Nani’s initial vision from the beginning has been to create a diary that is both a calendar and a catalogue of contemporary Kenyan art which reflects the burgeoning nature of the local visual arts scene. She also has wanted to expose the amazing diversity, dynamism and determination of young Kenyan artists to confirm that there is indeed contemporary Kenyan art and that African art is not confined exclusively to West and South Africa but it is also thriving in East Africa, especially in Kenya.

That is why, in all five editions of the Diary, the KAD arts committee has sought to fill every new edition with the artwork of fresh, new Kenyan talents. It has also tried to include veteran Kenyan and East African artists every year. These have included painters like Ancent Soi, Elimo Njau, Yony Waite and Jak Katarikawe as well as sculptors like the late Samwel Wanjau, Elkana Ong’esa and Edward Njeng’a.

The Diary team has worked hard to seek out young and relatively unknown artists who haven’t had much public exposure but their artistic talents are apparent. The team’s commitment to giving young artists opportunities to develop their creative skills is possibly most evident in the Kenya Arts Diary Residency Award or KADRA that was launched last year. The art residency affords young artists the opportunity to work with experienced artists in stimulating studio environments for one month with all expenses paid, including art materials, accommodations, a stipend and the opportunity to exhibit the awardee’s work produced during that one month residency.

Last year, the two KADRA awardees were Michael Kyalo and Ezra Joab. This year the awardee, currently working with Nani Croze at Kitengela Glass, is Kezia Nduta.

Early in 2015 a call will go out to young Kenyan artists to apply for KADRA and all Kenyans under the age of 25 years will be welcome to apply.

What makes the Kenya Arts Diary both a calendar and a catalogue of contemporary Kenyan art is because every week is given to one artist whose art work is featured together with a head shot of the artist, a brief bio and the artist’s contacts so that the public can communicate directly with the artist. Aiming to foster transparency and independence among the artists, Nani says she feels strongly that artists need to have platforms that enable the public to easily access them. She says it’s good for the artists and the public as well since art lovers can use the Diary like a directory to find the artists they want to know and potentially to invest in their art.

Any questions about the Kenyan Arts Diary 2015 can be sent to or sent to the Diary’s Facebook page.

The Diary is available for sale in all the local bookstores, galleries and art centres. For details about obtaining the Diary, call Diana at 0720624139.

October 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm 2 comments

NMK National Heritage Art Competition for youth 18 – 25 years old: Room for Giants – Art for Change, by Nov. 7 2014

Ibuka: Room for Giants | Photo via NMK

Ibuka: Room for Giants | Photo via NMK

Are you 18 – 25 years old?
Are you creative and innovative?
And are you ready to share your talent for a worthy cause?

Then Wild Life Africa (WLA) and the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) are collaborating with Ibuka and Maller Market ltd to give you an opportunity to help promote the role of art in enhancing wildlife conservation awareness.

And how do we propose that you do this? By participating in the NMKNational Heritage Art Competition for youth 18 – 25 years old whose 2014 theme is “Room for Giants: Art for Change” and donating your winning piece to raise funds for the conservation of wildlife.

Participation is encouraged from artists living in all regions in Kenya. The artwork must address conservation of wildlife. All submitted artworks will go through a panel of judges and only forty (40) artworks will be selected for the national competition and exhibition. The Gala will be held at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in December 2014. The artworks will then move to Nairobi National Museum for a two months exhibition.

The grand prize is a fully sponsored world class experience of Kenya’s rich natural heritage in a top wildlife destination where the winner will spend quality time with an internationally renowned artist in a 2 weeks personalized art apprenticeship program; a unique combination of fun, heritage and art!

If you are interested in participating in this competition please read the concept and details below:

THE CONCEPT: “Room for Giants: Art for Change”
Room for Giants: Room for giants refers to the opportunity the project is providing for the conservation of Kenya’s magnificent wildlife. It also refers to the opportunity this project is providing today’s young artists as they forge their way to becoming tomorrow’s Masters.

Art for change: How can an artist use his creativity to create change in our society? Art for change is based on the principle of providing artists an opportunity to give back to the community. The project aims to use art to create positive change in the way we address conservation matters.

• The artist is free to capture any aspect of conservation of wildlife in his or her best way using visual arts.
• Open to Kenyan youth between 18 – 25yrs old
• Size of work should range between 50cm x 50m and 100cm x 100cm
• Artist is free to use any material of choice that is durable and easy to transport
• Paintings on canvas should be stretched or framed, paintings on paper should be framed
• You should submit your art to Nairobi National Museums or any of these museums: Karen Blixen Museum, Fort Jesus Museum, Kisumu Museum, Kitale Museum, Wajir Museum, Nyeri Museum and Kenyatta House Maralal.
• Deadline for submissions 7th November 2014. Submissions made after this date will be disqualified.
• Artworks that do not adhere to the theme and concept will be disqualified.
• Selected artworks will not be returned to the artists and will be sold during the gala night to raise funds for the conservation of wildlife.
• The following details should be submitted with the artwork (stick the information at the back of the artwork):
o Full name of the artist, telephone contact, postal address and email
o A brief write up about you.
o Title of the art work, and a description of maximum 100 words.
o Medium used (state whether you have used oil paint, water colour, stone, wood etc)
o Indicate that the artwork is for Room for Giants: Art for Change competition and Exhibition 2014

All participants will receive certificates of participation.

1st Prize: a fully sponsored world class experience of Kenya’s rich natural heritage in a top wildlife destination where the winner will spend quality time with an internationally renowned artist in a 2 weeks personalized art apprenticeship program.

2nd Prize: A tour to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve on the Kenyan Coast, the largest stretch of coastal dry forest remaining in Eastern Africa and the second in Africa in birdlife conservation. This package includes visits to artists’ studios, galleries and museums in the coast region.

3rd Prize: A voucher of Kes 50,000 to purchase art materials
All the 40 young artists who will be selected for the national competition will also participate in an artist’s residency that will be facilitated by a team of East Africa’s top professional artists. The residency will happen at the end of the project and is aimed at providing the artists with a great opportunity for exposure and learning.

For more information contact any of the following:
• Ibuka on Tel 0714 169696 or 0775 241578. (browse
• The Art curator NMK on

You can also talk to the curator of an NMK museum close to you for assistance.

October 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm 1 comment

Travel: Book your Holiday Early and Enjoy the Serena Festive Rates, Dec. 23 2014 – Jan. 1 2015 @ Serena Hotels

Serena Festive Rates E.A
Book early for your December holidays and enjoy sensible Serena Hotels festive rates which also come with an option of paying in installments under Lipa Polepole.

Dates: December 23 2014 to January 1, 2015
Venues: Serena Hotels
Contacts: 0733 284 200 |

Find more info on the poster.

October 1, 2014 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Manga Workshop: Part of the Anime Festival, Oct. 5 2014 @ Japan Cultural Centre / Embassy of Japan

The details of the Manga Workshop are as follows:

Date: Sunday, 5th October 2014
Gates Open: 1:30pm
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Japan Information and Culture Centre (Embassy of Japan)

NB: Participants of this session are required to have drawing skills and the session itself will involve art work. Hence, those who have an interest in art are encouraged to register.

Materials to be used during the Manga Workshop will be provided. So as to get the most out of this session, be there on time.

To register for the Manga Workshop, email your full official name, phone number and ID Number to
Deadline for registration is Monday, 29th September 2014 at 4:00 pm.

September 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

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