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Book Launch: Dukawalla by Pheroze Nowrojee, May 3 2018 @ Goethe Institut – Nairobi

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6 PM
Admission: free

Pheroze Nowrojee, born in Nairobi, is a leading human rights lawyer, a poet, and a writer, who over many decades has been an influential part of the political and social movements for constitutional and social change in Kenya.

Dukawalla is a collection of stories that takes readers on journeys into varied Kenyan, East African, and other landscapes, delving into lives and personalities equally diverse.


May 3, 2018 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

Megaloh & Octopizzo in Concert! Oct. 13 2017 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Date: October 13, 2017
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 8 pm
Entry: Free

The rainmaker carries hope. It can bring prosperity in times of drought and new life, where for a long time none was. With his music the Berlin Rapper Megaloh has become a kind of rainmaker himself. He brings the hope of a new area of in German Hip Hop. Now his new album “Regenmacher” has been released. He sees Rap as a narrative vehicle but also as a form of art. In October 2017 Megaloh will tour Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, organized by the Goethe-Institut.

For his performance in Nairobi on 13th October, he will be joined by Kenyan artist Octopizzo.

October 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Blankets & Wine Artist Talk: Nneka, Muthoni the Drummer Queen & Fena, Apr. 8 2017 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Date & time: Saturday, April 8th, 1.00PM – 3:30PM
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Theme: Together for Change – Women empowerment through the arts

Panel: Nneka, Muthoni the Drummer Queen and Fena

Nneka is returning to Nairobi for the first Blankets & Wine of the year on Sunday, April 9th. Before you watch her perform, join us at the Goethe Institute this Saturday, April 8th from 1:00 PM for an intimate Q&A panel featuring Nneka, Muthoni the Drummer Queen and Fena.
Nneka will share more about her newly released collaboration album “Republique Amazone”, and the inspiration behind the album which seeks to unite and empower women across Africa to use their talents for the improvement of their communities and the world.

April 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Women in Music Concert Series: Live Performances by Wangui Githu, Meka, Athieno & BatYah Band, Feb. 18 2017 @ Goethe Institute

Date: February 18, 2017
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: KES 500/-

The Women In Music Concert Series, an initiative organised and curated by the Women In Music Forum, is a platform that seeks to promote young women in performing arts by providing an avenue for them to showcase their stage performance skills via regular live-concert shows.

The February concert will feature the following three acts: Meka Mungai, Athieno and Batyah Band.

February 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Concert: The Unknown Order with Noel Nderitu, Fadhilee & Tetu Shani, Feb. 3 2017 @ Goethe-Institut auditorium

Date: February 3, 2017
Venue: Goethe-Institut auditorium
Time: 8 PM
Tickets: KES 500/-

In Nairobi there tends to be a lot of jostling among artists in terms of performance order and who is the “headlining act” and “opening act” instead of a mutual appreciation of art.

Noel Nderitu, Fadhilee and Tetu Shani would like to present to you The Unknown Order, an event that has never been done in Nairobi.

The event will be structured as follows: Ten minutes before the first act starts, the emcee will pick a name-tag out of a hat and that will be the first artist to play. After each artist finishes, the emcee picks another and so on and so forth. No headliners or openers. Neither the artists nor the audience know who will perform first, second or third resulting in a spontaneous and fun filled event.

Each of these artists had great achievements in 2016 that were made possible through the power of the Internet with Noel Nderitu’s song “You” being covered over 80 times, Fadhilee hosting the second edition of his UTAM festival and Tetu’s song “Chemistry” being the most remixed Kenyan song of 2016, all without major label backing or promotion.

The Unknown Order is a celebration of Kenyan music that prioritises creativity, collectivism and resilience.

Admission: 500/= KSh

January 26, 2017 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Bike Gang by Sam Hopkins & John Kamicha, Jan. 15 – 29 2017 @ Goethe Institut – Auditorium

Opening: January 15, 2017
Venue: Goethe Institut, Auditorium
Time: 3 pm

Exhibition Dates: January 17-29, 2017

Perhaps one of the unforeseen consequences of Nairobi’s recent urban transformations has been the emergence of a bicycle subculture. To choose be a biker, as with any subculture, means to adopt an identity, a sense of belonging that runs counter to traditional, inherited identities such as gender or ethnicity. Nevertheless, whilst biking, and other subcultures, seem autonomous from traditional institutions of power, as a means of self-expression they are closely wedded to global capitalism, for which subcultures are simply another form of profit.

Over the last two years Sam Hopkins and John Kamicha worked with strategies of collective filmmaking and collaborative re-enactment to explore what biking means for a group of bikers from Githurai. Here, cycling is less about keeping healthy or about getting from A to B and more about excess, a tendency distilled in the practice of hanging: cycling in the slipstream of trucks on the highway. The Bike Gang is a video installation that situates these moments of extreme athletic prowess within the deeper existential project of this subculture.

For the opening of the exhibition we will embark on a short group ride within Nairobi, so come with your bike.

Admission is free. #BikeGang

January 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm 1 comment

Future Europe, Visions in Time: Discussion on Europe’s Future & DJ Set, Dec. 16 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Date: December 16, 2016
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 7 pm
Admission is free.


“The best future for Europe is no Europe.” (Vaginal Davis)

Struck by crisis, with racism and islamophobia on the rise and growing tensions between European nation states, Europe’s future and past seem to have lost their direction. In a moment of re-negotiation of history, identity and future there is a backlash into nationalistic nostalgia while new ideas of moving beyond capitalistic neo-colonial national states are amiss.

How can a future Europe, a future European identity look like? A Europe that constitutes itself in acknowledgement of its colonial past and globalised capitalistic present, instead of seeking refuge in overcome ideas?

These are problems and questions that shall be discussed in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time which will open in early 2017 in Nairobi. Based on the ideas of FAVT, the discussion’s title FEVT – Future Europe Visions in Time provides some fundamental questions in itself: What is Future? Who’s Future? What is Europe? Which visions are there and how did they change over time? Furthermore the exhibition conceptualises future as something linked to the past and was seeking ways how past and future can be re-connected and negotiated – for example through Optimizing, Destabilizing, Healing and Remembering or Intervening. Not focusing merely on Europe but on a Europe in relation to a world shaped by imperialist and racist policies, FEVT shall offer a platform to intervene in narrations by and about Europe as well as to talk about the ghosts of Imperialist Europe that haunt Nairobi, Kenya and the continent until today.

Turning the focus around and looking from Nairobi at Europe, the Goethe-Institut Kenya and the Worlds Loudest Library invite you to an evening of inspiring discussions, backed-up by a DJ-set by DJ Zontor, a bar and of course the usual book swap.

In cooperation with the World’s Loudest Library – WLL.

December 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm 1 comment

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