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Nyatiti Blues Nites Acoustic + Makadem Nyatiti East Africa Tour Send Off Concert, Sept. 20 2017 @ The Blues Restaurant


Date: September 20, 2017
Venue: The Blues Restaurant, Ground Floor, Barclays Plaza – Loita Street
Time 7-11 pm
Entrance: Free

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September 13, 2017 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Sports: Kenya Vs Hong Kong Rugby Match, Aug. 26 2017 @ RFUEA Grounds – Ngong Road


Dates: August 26, 2017
Venue: RFUEA Grounds, Ngong Road
Time: 4 pm
Entrance: KES 500 and VIP KES 1,000

August 25, 2017 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Theresa Musoke – Legendary Artist of Uganda, Until Oct. 1 2017 @ The Nairobi Gallery

Exhibition: by Theresa Musoke – Legendary Artist of Uganda | Photo via the Gallery


Dates: Until October 1, 2017
Venue: The Nairobi Gallery
Museum Rates Apply after July 8th 2017

About
Born in Kampala in 1942, at a time when few African women, let alone Ugandan women, were going to University, Teresa Musoke completed studies at Makerere University Department of Fine Arts, the best art school in East Africa at that time. She began receiving recognition while still an undergraduate with prestigious commissions like her famous “Birth Mural” at Makerere University Mary Stuart Hall, the National Parks of Kenya, and Entebbe International Airport. After graduation, Musoke received a Commonwealth scholarship to do printing in the UK where she earned a postgraduate diploma in printing from the Royal College of Art in London. She then took up residence in Kenya for the next 20 years where she exhibited at local galleries such as Paa ya Paa, Gallery Watatu and African Heritage. She held several exhibitions abroad, particularly in the Scandinavian countries where her distinguished works of romanticized wildlife in a moody mixture of abstract batik and oil painting won great acclaim. She taught art at Makerere University, Kenyatta university College, the International School of Kenya and several other venues.

In the process Musoke has been acknowledged as one of Africa’s leading women artists and has won many awards. Selected exhibits abroad include the Royal Academy of Art in London, The Hampton Institute in Virginia, USA, Botanic Museum in Brussels Belgium, and Africus-Johannesburg-Biennale, South Africa.

August 3, 2017 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

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.

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

Play: A Man Like You, May 2-3 2017 @ Braeburn Theatre


Dates: May 2-3, 2017
Venue: Braeburn Theatre
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: KES 2,500/-

About
The award-winning Kenyan play ‘A Man Like You’, which was nominated for 7 awards at last year’s Sanaa Theatre Awards, winning Best Actor and Best Tragedy, is now to tour Africa, following its Nairobi premieres last year, and three week July run off Broadway in New York.

The tour, which opens in Nairobi then moves to Zimbabwe and South Africa, taking Kenyan theatre to some of the highest profile arts events in southern Africa.

‘A Man Like You’ will be performed at the Braeburn Theatre on 2nd and 3rd May, and will then go to the Harare International Festival of Arts from 6th to 7th of May, closing in Cape Town on10th and 11th of May.

The play will be directed by writer Silvia Cassini whose tale of two idealistic headstrong men; Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage, and his Somali kidnapper Abdi, has them defending their world-views in an intense exposé of extremism, politics and religion.

The windowless concrete room in Somalia where North is imprisoned is the setting for the poignant and thought-provoking conversations he has with his captor Abdi, which raises questions about the nature of radicalisation, the flaws of differing cultures, and the similarities between them, as people.

The cell scene is intercut with a scene in North’s home in Nairobi, where his wife Elizabeth fights for her husband’s freedom whilst she dealswith his absence, and the reality that he may never return.

New York critic Thomas Scully wrote of the play: “The whole affair is gritty, honest and un-sensational in the best possible way.This play is not torture-porn, a plastic manufactured white-guilt play; so often these are the traps with these works, to make a thing brutal and violent with no regard for reality. ‘A Man Like You’ avoids these pitfalls. Cassini’s writing instead speaks extensively to cultural misunderstanding, and the parallels of entrapment between privileged and unprivileged cultures. Neither Abdi, nor North, is outright villainized or deified, but are instead presented as individuals; people who under the circumstances presented to them became the creatures they are. Their interactions and understandings within misunderstandings, and vice versa, have to be seen to be fully understood. Suffice to say, the play speaks to honest, common humanity, without painting over either side’s atrocities.”

For this third production of ‘A Man Like You’, Cassini’s cast will again include theatre stalwarts Mike Kudakwashe as Abdi, and Davina Leonard as Elizabeth, both prominent actors on the Kenyan stage, as well as Kevin Amwoma, who will reprise his role as the sinister Hassan. There is a key change in the lead, however, with Cassini having, for this latest run, cast internationally renowned Zimbabwean actor Kevin Hanssen as Patrick North.

The staging of the play for its new tour will, however, be completely different from the original, giving it a new look and a totally fresh feel. “Each new production of this play should be a clean experience, not just for the audience but for everyone involved. I have no interest in doing the same thing twice; change is what keeps us relevant and growing,” said Silvia Cassini.

The play speaks to issues that are now fueling the world’s most prominent debates, across cultural stereotypes and national identity, and through being set in Somalia, making Cassini’s message of increasing significance, and the timing of the play’s continental tour extremely pertinent.

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April 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm 3 comments

Koroga Festival Ft. Lady JayDee (Tanzania), LIRA (S. Africa) and Nyota Ndogo (Kenya), Mar. 19 2017 @ the Arboretum Grounds


Date: March 19, 2017
Venue: the Arboretum Grounds
Time: from 12 noon
Tickets: KES 2,500 at the Gate

Performances by: Lady JayDee (Tanzania), LIRA (South Africa) and Nyota Ndogo (Kenya).

March 14, 2017 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Safaricom Jazz Festival: David Sanborn – USA & TaxiWars – Belgium, Feb. 26 2017 @ Training Grounds – Kasarani Stadium

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Date: February 26, 2017
Venue: Training Grounds – Kasarani Stadium
Time: Gates open at 10 am and show starts at 12 noon
Tickets: Regular KES 2,000/- and Students KES 500/-

Performances by: David Sanborn – USA, TaxiWars – Belgium, The Hazelnuts – Israel, Ray Lema & Saka Saka – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bokani Dyer – South Africa, Arun Ghosh – UK, Shamsi Music – Kenya, Mwai and the Truth – Kenya, and the Nairobi Horns Project – Kenya

All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to funding Ghetto Classics

February 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

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