Posts tagged ‘Goethe-Institut Auditorium’
Women in Music Concert Series: Live Performances by Wangui Githu, Meka, Athieno & BatYah Band, Feb. 18 2017 @ Goethe Institute
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.
Concert: The Unknown Order with Noel Nderitu, Fadhilee & Tetu Shani, Feb. 3 2017 @ Goethe-Institut auditorium
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
Exhibition: The Bike Gang by Sam Hopkins & John Kamicha, Jan. 15 – 29 2017 @ Goethe Institut – Auditorium
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
Future Europe, Visions in Time: Discussion on Europe’s Future & DJ Set, Dec. 16 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
“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.
Book Launch: Parliament of Owls – A Collection of Poems by Adipo Sidang’, Nov. 17 2016 @ Goethe Institut
A collection of Poems by Adipo Sidang’
Parliament of Owls, published under the Contact Zones Series established by the Goethe-Institut Kenya and Native Intelligence, is a collection of poems by Adipo Sidang’ one of the most talented Kenyan poets of his generation. In the words of Tony Mochama (writer), “Parliament of Owls heralds the arrival of a new emperor on the African poetry scene … and this emperor, Adipo Sidang’, is hooting the naked truth”.
– The collection of poems will be discussed by Dr. Tom Odhiambo (literary critic) and Khainga O’Okwemba (poet and journalist).
Unmasking the United Nation’s Culture of Cover-ups, Corruption and Impunity. By Rasna Warah.
In a world experiencing increasing conflicts, terrorism and displacement, many people are wondering what the United Nations – the organisation established in 1945 to save future generations from the scourge of war – should do or could have done to prevent the disasters from escalating.
UNsilenced shows that contrary to expectation, the UN has remained a bystander in many of the conflicts and most peace-building efforts have failed miserably. UNsilenced describes how whistleblowers have been denied justice within the UN system and how the immunity accorded to UN officials, combined with other malpractices within the organisation, allows injustice to flourish.
The book will be discussed by John Githongo, Billy Kahora, Kwamchetsi Makokha and the author Rasna Warah.