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The year 2016 has been a significant year for the sexual orientation, gender identity and expression community in Kenya. Petitions to decriminalise homosexuality have been filed and court rulings on matters affecting gay and lesbian people have been issued.
We celebrate the fact that we have safe spaces, separate as they may be but safe nonetheless. We celebrate the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly to ensure that these spaces exist.
With films from Africa and the world over, and conversations with special panelists around queer representation in art, censorship, access to queer literature and art in Africa and safe(r) spaces.
Habineza is born in a peaceful Rwanda. But that is short-lived. In 1959, the fierce Hutu Revolution forces him and his family to flee the country to Uganda – into the fangs of Idi Amin’s ghosts.
Believing that the ghosts of Idi Amin will never be exorcised, Habineza leaves for his home country where he starts a family until the ghosts of 1994 emerge and set fire upon the highly inflammable Army, militia, and the people.
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New technologies and digitalization are influencing how modern societies run – everything from how we access goods and services to how we socialize are continuously being transformed. Computers and mobile phones are often considered necessary tools that are highly valued both at work and at home. With the good comes the bad – our online lives leave us vulnerable to potential security threats as well as open us up to challenges to our personal and societal well-being.
The Goethe-Institut Kenya, in collaboration with Mbithi Masya and Youth Knows No Limits (YKNL), is organizing a Digital Art Festival with the objective to create a forum for dialog, exchange and presentation of digital art.
Five artists have been asked to consider how we consume and interact in/with the digital sphere and how these influence or are influenced by traditional value systems and global trends. Through their medium of choice, they have been encouraged to bring their perspective and style in the exploration of digital possibilities to comment on the social and psychological implications of digital technologies.
The participating artists include Awuor Onyango, Bazil Ngode, Chris King, Melisa Allela and Lenny Njagih as well as Musa Omusi. The festival programme consists of screenings, talks, workshops, an exhibition of the artworks as well as the performance of “Winterreise” by the German artistic research and production collective Institut für angewandtes Halbwissen.
Find an overview of all the events happening during “Space – A Digital Art Festival” on Goethe Institut-Nairobi Facebook event Page
For the very first time the international well-known Semperoper Ballett sends its ballet dancers to sub-Saharan Africa to pursue the question “What is necessary to stage a ballet performance?”
The idea is to provide the audience insights into the daily rehearsal schedule that starts with the practice in the morning.
Women in Music Concert Ft. Navalayo Nazzva, Sage and Sali Oyugi, Jul. 16 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
Women In Music Concert Series, an offshoot of the Women in Music Forum, is a platform that seeks to promote young women in performing arts. The July 2016 concert will feature performances by Navalayo Nazzva, Sage and Sali Oyugi.
Music In Africa in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Nairobi will bring together Kenyan music industry stakeholders to discuss the country’s music policy on Wednesday 29 June at 6pm.
Titled ‘Music Policy in Kenya’, the discussion will focus particularly on the current state of affairs in music copyrights management, royalty collection and the sensitive issue of local versus foreign content on Kenyan radio and TV. The panel will include Perry Alando, the founder of Talent Management Agency, who came out strongly against the proposed laws, particularly the proposed Music Trust Fund that would ‘fix’ gate fees for all event organizers. Alando has worked as an artist and manager and staged concerts for performers such as Tangerine Fusion and Jabali Afrika. Also on the panel will be Merit Simiyu Wambati, operations manager and acting CEO of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK). Wambati joined MCSK in October 2008 and was instrumental in the formation of their human resources department, which involved restructuring the team, designing and implementing the strategic plan and helping achieve international certification.
Maureen Kunga from the band Elani will speak on the subject from an artist’s perspective. Maureen holds a law degree from the University of Nairobi. Alongside her bandmates Wambui Ngugi and Bryan Chweya, they been outspoken in their criticism of the MCSK regarding royalty payouts for radio airplay. Also representing musicians on the panel will be John Katana of Them Mushrooms, who is also the acting secretary-general of the Kenya Musicians Union. In October 2015 he was re-appointed as the Director of the Kenya Copyright Board. With over 25 years of music industry experience, John is an accomplished musician, arranger, bandleader and producer who has worked with the likes of Esther Wahome, Kenge-Kenge, Shimelis Ararso (Ethiopia), Shaibu Ole Monduli (Tanzania), Tshaka Mayanja and Sammy Kasule (Uganda). The panel will be moderated by popular media personality Anyiko Owoko. She is a host and assistant producer of the TV show Grapevine, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s longest-running entertainment magazine show. She is also Sauti Sol’s publicist.
The session will come to an end with a short performance by Kenyan artist Winyo.