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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.

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

Screenings: European Film Festival, May 22-24 2017 @ National Museum


Dates: May 22-24, 2017
Venues: National Museum of Kenya, Kipande Road, Westlands
Entry: Free

Week 2 – at the National Museum of Kenya
22 May 17.30 L’Oriana (drama), Italy
23 May 17.30 Tokyo Fianceé – (comedy), Belgium
23 May 19.30 Victoria – (drama/crime), Germany/Austria
24 May 19.30 Gatos não Têm Vertigens – Cats Don’t Have Vertigo (comedy), Portugal

For more information, visit https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/kenya/24888/european-film-festival_en

May 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm 1 comment

Screenings: European Film Festival, May 16-24 2017 @ Alliance Française & National Museum


Dates: May 16-24, 2017
Venues: Alliance Française & National Museum of Kenya
Entry: Free

Programme

Download the EFF Screening Schedule (pdf)

Week 1 – at Alliance Française (junction of Loita and Monrovia Streets, near the University of Nairobi)
15 May 19.30 Victoria (drama/crime), Germany/Austria – by invitation only
16 May 17.30 Young Offenders (comedy), Ireland
16 May 19.30 Teorie Tygra – Tiger Theory (comedy), Czech Republic
17 May 17.30 Hotell – Hotel (drama), Sweden
18 May 17.30 Cahier Africain – African notebook (documentary), Switzerland
18 May 19.30 Takaisin Pintaan – Diving into the Unknown (documentary), Finland
19 May 17.30 Les Chavaliers Blancs – The White Knights (drama), France
19 May 19.30 Notes on Blindness (documentary), United Kingdom
20 May 15.30 Labyrinthus (family), Belgium
20 May 17.30 Diamantes Negros – Black Diamonds (drama), Spain
20 May 19.30 Moje córki krowy – These Daughters of Mine (comedy), Poland
21 May 15.30 Karpuz Kabungundan Gemiler Yapmak – Boats of Watermelon Rinds (family), Turkey
21 May 17.30 S Tebou ma bavi Slovenko – From Slovakia with Love (documentary), Slovakia
21 May 19.30 De Surprise – The Surprise (comedy), Netherlands

Week 2 – at the National Museum of Kenya (Kipande Road, Westlands)
22 May 17.30 L’Oriana (drama), Italy
23 May 17.30 Tokyo Fianceé – (comedy), Belgium
23 May 19.30 Victoria – (drama/crime), Germany/Austria
24 May 19.30 Gatos não Têm Vertigens – Cats Don’t Have Vertigo (comedy), Portugal

More information, here

May 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

NYE Party: Kilifi New Year 2016/17, Dec. 31 2016 – Jan. 2 2017 @ Distant Relatives Eco-lodge & Backpackers – Kilifi

Kilifi NYE line-up

Kilifi NYE line-up


Date and Time: 31st December 2016 at 16:00 to 2nd January 2017 at 6:00
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-lodge & Backpackers, Kilifi
Admission Costs: KES 6000 (inclusive of camping – bring your camping gear!)
Contact Information For Ticket Bookings: 0715660111 | kilifinye@gmail.com

Kilifi New Year’s line-up includes the best of Kenyan and international DJs and electronic acts: Bengatronics, Seth Schwarz, Be Svendsen, Electrafrique Band, Umojah Sound System, DJ Cortega, Luke Redford, Umoja, Gregg Tendwa, Eddie Grey, Makadem, Dread Steppa, Lucky Birdi, Enchan, Chucky, Pete Rowbots, and Max Melesi

About
Kilifi New Year is preparing for the third edition of the festival this year, promising a bigger, better and bolder show than ever before. The highlights of a line-up that brings together artists from Kenya, Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands and the UK include Kenya’s own Bengatronics, the return of Seth Schwarz with his unique electric violin combo, an Electrafrique Band reunion, a visit from the legendary Be Svendsen and a broad mix of Kenya’s finest electronic performers.

http://www.kilifibackpackers.com/

December 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

Event: Future-Making At The Margins – Social-Ecological Transformation In Rural Africa, Dec. 14 2016 @ BIEA

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Date: December 14, 2016
Venue: BIEA
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

By Detlef Müller-Mahn, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany

About
Africa is ‘rising’ and accompanying this process are ambitious new development plans and policies. Kenya´s Vision 2030 and similar long-term programs in neighboring countries are presenting maps of the future that will, if implemented, lead to massive social-ecological transformations of rural areas.

Development blueprints aim to ‘turn history on its head’, enabling previously-ignored dryland regions to become engines of economic growth for the wider benefit of these nations. The process is simultaneously redrawing the map of marginal regions and redrawing the relations between people and environments in order to gain greater control over and make ‘more productive’ use of these environments.

The paper explores the nature and spatial politics of these processes. While on the one hand the processes are having widespread differential impacts, plans are often much less ‘total’ than is imagined, creating space for different possibilities in people-environment relations. At the same time, the implementation of development schemes is full of surprises. Future-making may be understood as a combination of practices of anticipation and imagination, with largely unknown consequences.

Bio
Detlef Müller-Mahn is a professor of development geography at the University of Bonn. His research focuses on the political ecology of land use change, risk and development in East Africa and the Middle East.

His recent projects are dealing with diverse topics, including risk management strategies of pastoralists in Ethiopia; urban governance and water distribution in the city of Khartoum; and adaptation to climate change and how it can be understood as a “travelling idea” that is negotiated at international conferences (the COP 21 in Paris 2015) and local projects (Ethiopia, Kenya).

He is currently preparing a collaborative research center on “Future rural Africa”, which will address the relationship between “future-making” and social-ecological transformation.

http://www.biea.ac.uk/event/future-making-at-the-margins-social-ecological-transformation-in-rural-africa/

December 11, 2016 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Paint & Metal by Mary Ogembo & Dickens Otieno, Dec. 10 2016 – Jan. 14 2017 @ Creativity Gallery – National Museum

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Dates: December 10, 2016 to January 14, 2017
Venue: Creativity Gallery, National Museum
Time: Open Daily; 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Museum Rates Apply

About
Mary Ogembo’s paintings are rich with vibrant Earth colors that bring about the state of the African environment. She is inspired by the African woman and applies unconventional, engaging and fun concepts that overlook the negative stereotype placed on the African woman.

Ogembo is a kenyan born artist who has been working as a full time artist since 1998. She is currently based at the GoDown Arts centre in Nairobi. 2005, she won commonwealth arts and craft award, worked in Ghana as a resident artist for a period of six months at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Her work has been widely recognized by local media in Kenya and other countries including, South African broadcasting cooperation, Featuring Africa Within, CNN Inside Africa 2011 and others.

Collected by: The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, The Standard Chartered bank UK and Casoria museum in Italy have collected her work.

Exhibitions: Kenya, France, USA, Egypt, Canada, Finland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Germany, Lithuania and Abu Dhabi.
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Dickens George Otieno’s (B.1979) practice is driven by the search to find meaning and worth in things that seem otherwise useless. Otieno weaves large sculptural fabrics and makes cloth sculpture from discarded drink cans which he collects from local kiosks near his home and studio. He compares the shredded cans to palm leaves which have been used traditionally for weaving through many generations and civilizations.

Clothing is important because apart from covering the body, it is also a statement about the person through the different designs of color, material and even the patterns printed on them which reflects the time and the world today.

Works at: The GoDown Art Centre in Nairobi, Kenya

Selected Exhibitions: Amsterdam art fair(2016), UN.FORM/MULTI.FORM(2016), Kenya Art FAIR (2016), Circle Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction(2015), solo exhibitions at Nafasi Art Centre-Dar es Saalam(2015), Emerson Hurumizi Zanzibar(2015) and Manjano(2011)
His work is represented in various private collections

December 8, 2016 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Akua Naru Live in Concert, Sept.22 2016 @ the Alchemist – Parklands Road

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Date: September 22, 2016
Venue: the Alchemist, Parklands Road
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: KES 500

Special appearances by Wangechi and Checkmate Mido

About
Born Latanya Hinton and raised in New Haven (USA), Akua Naru’s journey to internationally acclaimed hip hop artist has led her from the city’s Newhallville section to Cologne, Germany where she currently resides and creates music. Along this female wordsmith’s journey, there have been many stops – Philadelphia, China, and Ghana, among others – all of which informed the wisdom and perspective which is evident in her music. The next step on this journey takes here to sub-Saharan Africa where she will perform in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ruanda, Uganda and Kenya.

The Goethe-Institut Kenya and The Alchemist are proud to present this unique Hip Hop artist. Check out her exemplary live skills here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9tgfx68rac

After the concert, Blinky Bill will keep the show going with a DJ set.

September 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

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