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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: Photographs by Paul Kariuki Munene (Quaint Photography), Oct. 8-31 2020 @ Alliance Française

Dates: October 8-31, 2020

Venue: Alliance Française


The ubiquitous Paul Kariuki Munene, impossible to miss at concerts around Nairobi, presents a selection of thirty black and white photos of live music events at the Alliance Française.

Were it not for Paul, Nairobi would not have an archive of music events.  We applaud the photographer’s dedication to documenting Nairobi’s evolving live concerts’ scene over the last ten years.  These photos are published regularly on his Facebook page, ‘Quaint Photography’.

Paul’s fascination for black and white photography goes back to his childhood.  He loved the cool black and white photos of his parents’ wedding and those 1960s black and white studio portraits.

Having started with a point and shoot camera on a visit to Lamu in 2004, Paul has gradually mastered his craft and graduated to the latest digital technology.  Paul is a freelance photographer and works with PR companies, brands, and development agencies.

October 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm 1 comment

Web Series: Shades of Benga by Ketebul, Every Fortnight Starting Sept. 9 2020 @ Ketebul Music and AF Facebook Pages and YouTube Channels


Première: Wednesday, September 9 2020
Medium: https://youtube.com/user/KETEBULMUSIC
Time: 8 PM

About
This is a web series highlighting the story of #Kenya’s popular music between 1946 and 2016. It is based on the book ‘Shades of Benga’ featuring over 400 photographs, that was launched in 2017 by Ketebul Music.

It traces the roots of Kenya’s popular music from its origins, the end of the Second World War, to date.

The first episode will première on Wed. 9 Sept. at 8pm on the AF and Ketebul Music Facebook and Youtube channels.

September 9, 2020 at 11:52 am 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

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

[Update] Exhibition: Disappearing Africa, Until Nov. 4 2019 @ Alliance Française


Dates: Until November 4, 2019
Venue: Alliance Française

November 1, 2019 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

[Updated] European Film Festival, May 4-26 2019 @ Various Venues in Nairobi


Dates: May 4-26, 2019
Venue: Various

Venues:
– Arfa Lounge, IMAX 20th Century
– Anga Diamond Plaza II
– Alchemist
– Goethe-Institut
– Alliance Française Nairobi
– August 7th Memorial Park
– German School Nairobi
– Dagoz Artist Bar

Download the (updated) EFF 2019 Schedule (pdf).

Find more information, here.

May 3, 2019 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition/Installation: Maliza Kiasuwa & L’équipée, Mar. 11-24 2019 @ Alliance Française Nairobi


Dates: March 11-24, 2019
Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi

About
Maliza Kiasuwa is a visual artist of European/African ancestry. In her wall hangings installation, Maliza pays tribute to Mother Nature and womanhood; to the shared cycle of life and death, using natural objects like the loofah, wool and porcupine quills. The woman is the source and the centre of these powers.

Once again, Maliza philosophically transforms natural objects into contemporary artworks.

L’Équipée is a Nairobi-based studio founded by Lilo Chaumont together with her daughter Gus. In close collaboration with 19 Kenyan artisans, they produce furniture for both the African and European markets.

L’Équipée tries to find a balance between the calibrated, rigorous European design, and the bold ingenuity of the local craftsmen. Each piece is the result of dialogue between the artisans and the designers, each design is one of a kind.

Find more information, here.

March 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Album Launch: Hatua by James Gogo of Gogosimo Band, Oct. 19 2018 @ Alliance Française


Date: October 19, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6 pm
Tickets: KES 1,500/-

October 11, 2018 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Science Café/Book Launch: Kenyan and Ethiopian Athletics, May 10 2018 @ Alliance Française Nairobi


Date: May 10, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

About
Launch of the book ‘Kenyan and Ethiopian Athletics – towards an alternative scientific approach’ by Benôit Gaudin and Bezabih Wolde.

Will the ‘secret’ of East African runners be revealed? Despite decades of research, no study has provided any sort of evidence that portrays biological otherness among populations in Kenya and Ethiopia which produces the best athletes in middle and long distance runners.

May 3, 2018 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Screening: On Palestine – Short Experimental Films, ‘Sci-Fi trilogy’, by Larissa Sansour, May 7 2018 @ Alliance Française Nairobi


ON PALESTINE IN NAIROBI presented by the British Institute of Eastern Africa

Date: May 7, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

About
Short experimental films, ‘Sci-Fi trilogy’, by Larissa Sansour, Palestinian multimedia artist, and ‘Home Movies Gaza’ by Basma Alsharif. Under the common themes of loss, belonging, heritage and national identity, the films explore different aspects of the political turmoil in the Middle East.

The screening coincides with a photographic exhibition ‘On Palestine’ by Dr. Annie Pfingst at the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

May 3, 2018 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Another Chapter by Moses Nyawanda, Until Apr. 29 2018 @ Alliance Française


Dates: Until April 29, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française

April 19, 2018 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Concert: with Siti and the Band (from Zanzibar), Mar. 8 2018 @ Alliance Française Gardens

Siti and the Band | via A/F Nairobi


Date: Thursday, March 8 2018
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: 7 pm
Free Entry

About
On the occasion of the 2018 International Women’s Day. Zanzibari music group ‘Siti & the Band’ led by vocalist and oud player, Siti Amina Omar. Amina overcame family and societal pressures to study taarab music at the Dhow Countries Music Academy. Together with her cousin Rahma Ameir (violinist) and Gora Mohammed (qanun player), she founded ‘Siti & the Band’, following in the footsteps of legendary female musicians from Zanzibar: Siti Bint Saad and Bi Kidude.

The trio’s music is a swinging mix of traditional zanzibari rhythms with contemporary musical styles.

March 1, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Piano Recital: by World Class Pianist – Simon Ghraichy, Feb. 16 2018 @ Alliance Française


Date: February 16, 2018
Venue: the Alliance Française Nairobi
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: KES 2000/-

About
From performances at some of the world’s iconic classical music venues: Carnegie Hall (New York), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Royal Opera House Versailles (Paris), Berliner Philharmonic (Germany) to the Alliance Française Nairobi.

Don’t miss this unique piano recital by an incredibly talented French pianist of Lebanese and Mexican origins. Perfectly at ease performing Liszt, Schumann, De Falla, Lecuona or Debussy, Simon eloquently introduces Afro-Cuban Latin influences to the classical repertoire with brilliant flair and charisma that is defined by his multicultural heritage.

February 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Vanishing Textiles of Africa, Oct. 9-29 2017 @ Alliance Française Nairobi


Dates: October 9 – 29 2017
Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi

October 9, 2017 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Exhibitions: Not a Big Spoon & Raising Voices, Aug. 24 – Sept. 10 2017 @ Alliance Française


Exhibition Opening: ‘Not a big spoon’ paintings by Stanley Cheche and Leevans Linyerera and ‘Raising Voices’ photographs by Mathare Youth on;

Date and time: Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 6.30 pm.
Venue: Alliance Française

On Until: September 10, 2017

August 15, 2017 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Book Launch and Photo Exhibition: Shades of Benga – The Story of Popular Music in Kenya, Jul. 12 2017 @ Alliance Française


Date: July 12, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6.30 pm

About
Ketebul Music and the Alliance Française invite you to the launch of the historic book ‘Shades of Benga’ – the story of popular music in Kenya, from the 1940s to the present – produced by Ketebul Music, on Wed. 12th July at 6.30pm.

A unique occasion to discover the foundations of modern Kenyan music and look at external influences that helped shape new music styles.

Kenya’s popular music traces its origins to the end of the Second World War. The returning soldiers who had fought in India and Burma brought back home novel instruments that would shape the modern Kenyan sound; the accordion and the acoustic guitar.

A photo exhibition, featuring rare photos sourced from private collections, will take some on a nostalgic journey to the pioneering days of Kenyan music and others on an inspiring journey of discovery.

Combining historical facts and anecdotes, Tabu Osusa (founder of Ketebul Muisc and veteran musician and producer) together with Bill Odidi (radio producer and consultant on media and cultural memory projects) will give you invaluable insights into the music and the music icons that have captured the imagination of Kenyans for six decades.

A DJ on a vinyl turntable will have you moving to old classics in the presence of the pioneering musicians John Nzenze and Peter Akwabi.

July 11, 2017 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Women in Politics – Udada na Siasa, Jun. 26-30 2017 @ Alliance Française & Goethe Institut


Dates: June 26 – 30, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française & Goethe Institut

Udada na Siasa – A level playing field?
The Alliance Française Nairobi and the Goethe-Institut Kenya are presenting a series of activities on the topic of ‘Women in Politics – Udada na Siasa’ views from Germany, France and Kenya, from 26th to 30th June.

In a year, when all three countries Germany, France and Kenya have either held their General Elections or will be holding them, this French-German initiative, supported by the French-German Cultural Fund and the European Union Delegation in Kenya, will explore and compare the challenges encountered by women in decision making and political processes in the three countries.

Through panel discussions, digital art installations, twitter conversations, participatory puppet theatre performances and a multi-media film, artists, experts and the general public will reflect on the place of women in politics from the perspectives of the electorate and the politicians.

In France, after the second round of legislative elections on last Sunday, 223 women were elected to France’s lower house. With 38.65% of seats in the National Assembly, the election marks a new record for female representation in the French parliament. It’s good news for equality: Women now hold 223 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly but still falls short of true equality in representation.

In Kenya, women are likely to be elected for the first time to some of Kenya’s powerful governor positions heralding a political breakthrough in a patriarchal society where women have struggled to make gains in the face of violence, intimidation and sexism.

In Germany, although Angela Merkel has been in the office of the chancellor since 2005, only approximately 33 % of the members of the Federal German Parliament are women. The old idea that women should focus on Kinder, Kirche, und Küche—children, church, and kitchen – still holds sway in the country. The way to a political office is solely through engagement in the parties and the male dominated hierarchies. The sexist actions and utterances create a hostile atmosphere towards women, thus discouraging them from political engagement.

How can more progress be made towards a level playing field? Join us next week. For the full programme of activities, click here.

June 23, 2017 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Book Launch: Unbounded by Boniface Mwangi, Nov. 19 2016 @ Alliance Française

unbounded
Date: November 19, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6-8 pm

November 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Screenings: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Nov. 14-17 2016 @ Alliance Française

hrw-festival-2016
Dates: November 14-17, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
The 2016 HRW Film Festival returns to the Alliance Française. Nairobi is one of over 20 cities around the world that hosts the Film Festival.

The festival encourages filmmakers around the world to address human rights subject matter in their work and presents films from both new and established international filmmakers. The films brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

At Alliance Française, the following films will be showing. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Among the Believers, Mediterranea & Tuko Macho.

All screenings will be followed by panel discussions.

https://ff.hrw.org/nairobi

November 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm 1 comment

Hii Chapter Ni Yetu Concert: W/ Sarabi, Makadem, Mabinti, Mufasa, Teardrops & the Gravitti Band, Aug. 27 2016 @ Alliance Française

Hii Chapter Concert
Date: August 27, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6.30 pm
Free Entry!

Performances by: Sarabi, Makadem, Mabinti, Mufasa, Teardrops & the Gravitti Band

Also Conversation with Rtd Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga

August 23, 2016 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Celebrating the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development W/ Japanese Drum Concert, Aug. 26 2016 @ Alliance Française

Celebrating TICAD VI Poster-02
Date: August 26, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6 pm Gates open for 7 pm concert
No Cover Charge

About
Through celebrating the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, The Embassy of Japan presents a Japanese Drum Concert on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 7.00 pm at the Alliance Francoise in Nairobi .

Gates open at 6.00pm.

August 19, 2016 at 5:37 pm 1 comment

Performance: Hii Chapter – Face Off, Aug. 10 2016 @ Alliance Francaise

Performance poetry
Date: August 10, 2016
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 6-9 pm
Tickets: KES 300

About
Wordsmiths tackle burning issues that lie at the heart of our Constitution. Join Team Mufasa and Team Teardrops as they face off with their distinctive brands of performance poetry.

And the ultimate winner is ………………………………
Find out on 10th August.

August 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: 1st Anniversary Dust Depo Showcase, Jun. 4-19 2016 @ Alliance Française

Dust Depo Showcase
Dates: June 4-19, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi

May 31, 2016 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment


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