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Exhibition: Chokora Wear III – ‘Ma-Looks’, Mar. 2-19 2015 @ Goethe Institut

Chokora III
Exhibition Dates: Monday to Friday, 2nd to 20th March 2015
Time: 1.00 to 6.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

The exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of our work in the field of contemporary art. We aim at working with artists from Kenya that have an advanced and innovative approach and often commission them to produce new work. Since 2008, we have exhibited more than 40 artists, the last being a show by Paul Onditi.

Chokora Wear is a contemporary fashion research project that explores how fashion can be used as a vehicle to reclaim a hidden culture or identity. As Chokora Wear enters its 3rd season, this edition focuses on the phenomenon of the “MA-LOOK”, in other terms the “KOOL”, and explores what it means to be cool, feel cool and been seen cool. Just as the previous ones this edition shall unveil different modes of dressing, like official wear, casual wear, street wear, etc.

Maasai Mbili is a community based artist group which was founded in Kibera slum, Nairobi in 2001. The M2 collective is engaged in contemporary art programs as well as in community outreach projects and workshops with children, in which Fine Arts are used as an interactive communication medium between artists and other community members.
Curated by Mbuthia Maina

February 27, 2015 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Jim Kroft Live feat. Maia Von Lekow, Feb. 13 2015 @ Goethe Institut

Jim and Maia at GI

February 12, 2015 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Film Screening: 8th Edition of Lusophone Film Festival, Jan. 31 2015 @ Goethe Institut

Lusophone Film Festival
Date and Time: Saturday, 31.January 2015, 5.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

The Lusophone Film Fest is an English-subtitled showcase of the diversity of film production in the eight Portuguese-speaking countries. Recognised with international awards at film festivals around the globe, the cinema from the Portuguese-speaking world is still mostly unknown to the general public. This 240 million people linguistic community is a thriving one, promoting over 80 film festivals and cinema awards every year, with movies mostly consumed in the respective countries.

The seventh edition of theLusophone Film Fest will feature two shorts and one feature-length film from the Portuguese-speaking world.
Started in March 2014 the festival presents documentaries, animations, shorts and feature films from the lusophone world.

– The Colour of Dreams, João Pina (Mozambique/Portugal, 2013, 14′)
– Acalanto, Arturo Sabóia (Brazil, 2013, 23′)
– Fatal Sin, Luís Diogo (Guinea-Bissau/Portugal, 2013, 90′)

More information at

January 27, 2015 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

Festival/Screening: Out Film Festival, Jan 23-25 2015 @ Goethe Institut

Out Film Festival
Film Festival – Opening: 23. January 2015, 6.00 pm
Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

The OUT Film Festival takes place for the fourth time in Kenya. The film festival not only wants to celebrate queer cinema, but to make known to Kenya that a community that the general society deems secret exists.

The festival promises yet another selection of films and documentaries from the region, continent and globe. The OUT Film Festival is about celebrating life’s challenges, love and diversity. It continues to carry forward the message of Ubuntu.

Friday January 23rd, 2015
6:00pm – 7:00pm:
Arrival of guests
7:00pm – 7:30pm:
Opening Speech, Opening Act
Fluorescent Sin
7:30pm – 9:00pm: Rag Tag

Saturday January 24th, 2015
10:00am – 11:30am: Dakan
11:55am – 1:30pm: Anders als du und ich – different from you and me
§ 175 / bewildered youth
2:00pm – 3:30pm: No Easy Walk to freedom
3:45pm – 4:00pm: Weight of Words
4:15pm – 5:45pm: Jihad for Love
6:00pm – 8:00pm: Leave it on the Floor

Sunday January 25th, 2015
2:00pm – 2:15pm: Introduction of panelists
2:15pm – 3:45pm:
Weight of Words
Silent Battle
Florescent sin
3:45pm – 4:30pm: Panel Discussion, Q&A session
4:30pm – 4:45pm: Vote of thanks, Refreshments and mingle session
6:00pm ff Guests are free to leave

Find more info on the Festival on GI’s Facebook Event Page

January 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Once Upon a Time by by Marcel Odenbach & Sam Hopkins, Jan. 15 – Feb. 6 2015 @ Goethe Institut

Once upon a time

In 1919, the Ugandan chief Semei Kakungulu circumcised himself and his family and declared them to be Jewish, hence founding the Abayudaya, the Ugandan Jewish community centred around Mbale, in Eastern Uganda. The community still exists and is one of a handful of African Jewish communities that are not Jewish through a hereditary connection to Israel, but through choosing to adopt a Jewish practice and belief system. Whilst in the 1920s the community followed a kind of syncretic form of Judaism, mixing the Old and New Testament together with elements from pre-Christian belief, the practice soon became aligned with mainstream Jewish customs. Today the community of approximately 3000 has an ordained Rabbi who conducts services in the synagogue and leads Torah study sessions with a group of Rabbinical students.

Once upon a Time (2013) is a four channel video installation by Marcel Odenbach and Sam Hopkins which features interviews with four of these Rabbinical students. Whilst of course, each narrative is highly personal and very individual, there is a certain coherence that emerges across all four stories. On the one hand, there seems to be this quest for a belief system that makes sense in an almost pragmatic, everyday way, but on the other hand, there is this powerful feeling of the existential nature of religion and of the spiritual resonance that Judaism has for these individuals.

Opening: January 15, 2015
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Time: 7 pm

Exhibition Dates: 16th January 2015 to 6th February 2015
Time: 1.00 – 6.00 pm
Entry: Free

Sam Hopkins was featured as one of the leading global thinkers of 2014 by the influencial US Foreign Policy Magazine

January 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Panel Discussion: How has the New Media Act Affected Journalism in Kenya? Dec. 16 2014 @ Goethe-Institut

Date: December 16 2014
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

How has the New Media act affected journalism in Kenya?
In December 2013, Kenya’s National Assembly passed the Kenya Information and Communications (Amendment) Act (KICA), and the Media Council Act. The new media law enables a new government-controlled board (Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal) to revoke journalists’ accreditation, and fine journalists up to 500.000/= KSh (media companies up to 20 million KSh) if they breach a government-dictated code of conduct.

Journalists and members of Parliament, moderated by Peter Murimi (investigative journalist and film maker), will examine the challenges the media face operating under this act.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland.

December 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

TEN CITIES Album Launch Street Party, Dec.6 2014 @ the Alley between the Goethe-Institut and Alliance Française

Date and Time: December 06, 2014, 10.00 pm
Venue: the Alley between the Goethe-Institut and Alliance Française
Admission: 300/= KSh

The TEN CITIES album has been released!

We want to celebrate that with you! This Saturday we will bring together a selection of fine Kenyan artists who are involved in the project like Just A Band, Shappa / Camp Mulla, Octopizzo, DJ Raph, Provoke, FenaGitu, Cannibal, Alai K, and Mjingoma.

The album will be available at a special launch price of 500/= KSh.

December 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

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