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Book Launch: Contact Zones NRB 15 – Kenya@50 Trends, Identities and the Politics of Belonging by Joyce Nyairo, Jun. 3 2015 @ National Museum

Contact Zones Nairobi
Date: June 3, 2015
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums of Kenya
Time: 5.30 pm
Entry: Free

Dr. Nyairo will be joined by a panel consisting of Dr. JKS Makhoha (Kenyatta University), Dr. Garnette Olouch-Olunya (Technical University of Kenya), Dr. Charles Muiru Ngugi (University of Nairobi), Milton Obote Joshua (USIU), and Prof. Levi Obonyo (Daystar University)

Find more information here

June 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: The African Revolutionary Leaders, May 20-31 2015 @ Nairobi National Museum

Opening: May 20, 2015 at 6 pm
Venue: Nairobi National Museum, Cultural Dynamism Space
Free entry on opening night

Exhibition Dates: May 21-31, 2015
Time: 8.30AM – 5.30PM
Entry: Normal Museum Rates Apply

No one can deny that our relationship with Africa was from the very moment the forced migration of Africans to America began. Our Liberator Simon Bolivar expressed back in 1817 “we are more an extension of Africa than of Europe.” The Bolivarian process inspired by President Hugo Chavez since 1999 inserted Africa in the daily life of the Venezuelan people.

The month of May is for Venezuelans a referential date on which we claim the contribution of Africa to our independence and our cultural diversity. For Venezuelans, Africa is a very important continent of our historical legacy. From May 1795 to May 2015. 220 years of libertarian insurgency of José Leonardo Chirino. A libertarian insurrection of blacks who sought to eliminate slavery. An insurrection which set a historic precedent for the independence of Venezuela.

The African Revolution Leaders poster exhibition aims to express the support and respect of the Venezuelan people for the great African leaders who spearheaded the liberation of Africa from imperialism.’ – H.E. The Ambassador, The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

May 18, 2015 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

The Barclays L’Atelier Finalists Exhibition, Apr. 1-6 2015 @ Temporary Gallery – National Museum

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Opening: Tuesday, March 31st 2015
Venue: Nairobi National Museum

Exhibition Dates: April 1-6 2015
Time: Daily – 9 am – 5.30 PM
Entry: Normal Rates Apply

* Normal Museum Rates apply for visits after the opening night

Exhibition opening
On Tuesday, the 31st of March 2015, Kuona Trust in partnership with Barclays will officially announce the six finalists of the prestigious Barclays L’Atelier awards from Kenya, shortlisted from 773 entries within Africa.
The event which will be held at the National Museum of Kenya will showcase artwork from the top finalists alongside other pioneer artists in the Kenyan art scene, giving guests a glance of the vibrant contemporary and innovative art from artists in the country

About the Competition and Exhibition
The Barclays L’Atelier award is one of the most prestigious art contests in Africa. Having run in South Africa for more than 20 years, the organizers have expanded the opportunity to other emerging visual artists from Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and Kenya.

Beginning January 2015, artists aged 21 to 35 were invited to take part in the art competition. In Kenya, the Barclays L’Atelier art competition organizers have partnered with Kuona Trust Art centre to coordinate and facilitate the competition logistics.
Artwork from finalists in all 5 countries, including Kenya will be showcased at the Absa Gallery in South Africa before the winner is announced in June 2015.

The five prizes on offer consist of a 6 month trip to Paris, three merit award prizes and the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising artist. The top 10 finalists will all be placed on a two-day art professionalism course to assist them in managing their careers. Each finalist will also be paired with a mentor who will work with them for a year.

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March 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Screening: The First Irish Kenya Film Festival, Mar. 15 2015 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

Irish Film
The First Irish Kenya Film Festival will offer the chance to catch Irish movies in Nairobi, as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Date: March 15, 2015
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum
Time: From 10.30 am

Screening Time and Costs

10.30: “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” – KES 100
Irish drama directed by Ken Loach set during the Irish War of Independence (1919- 1922) and the Irish Civil War (1922- 1923). Winner of the PALME D’OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

14.00: “The Secret of Kells”
Oscar nominated children’s animated film telling the story of a young monk Brendan who is learning to be a scribe and how he got the inspiration to complete the world famous Book of Kells. Perfect for children.

17.00: “Once” – KES 300
Irish Musical film (Oscar winner for Best Original Song) tells the story of the musical collaboration of a Dublin busker and a young Czech immigrant flower seller.

Irish musicians will be playing for a short time after the last film.

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Sponsored by Monikos Kitchen, Valley Arcade Nairobi.

March 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Nobody can Stop Reggae by Oliver Okoth Martin, Feb. 9-28 2015 @ Creativity Gallery – National Museum

Nobody can Stop Reggae | image via NMK

Nobody can Stop Reggae | image via NMK

Nobody can stop Reggae by Oliver Okoth Martin

Dates: February 9 – 28, 2015
Venue: National Museum
Time: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Entry: Normal Museum Rates Apply

How important is reggae to Africa? And why is it so popular?
Reggae has its roots in ancient African musical forms and since its appearance in Jamaica in the late 1960’s singers have constantly paid tribute to Africa.

African reggae has a history of carrying strong messages on social, cultural, spiritual and political issues in society. But does it have any effect?

This exhibition of paintings ‘Nobody can Stop Reggae’ by Oliver Okoth Martin is inspired by reggae music and while paying homage to the Reggae month of February provokes thought to reflect on the meaning of reggae to our own society.

February 8, 2015 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

Japanese Dolls Exhibition: The Dolls of Japan – Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love, Feb. 5-25 2015 @ National Museum

The Dolls of Japan
The Embassy of Japan and the National Museums of Kenya invites you to the Japanese Dolls Exhibition titled The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love.

This exhibition introduces Japan’s representative dolls, including Hina ningyo (Girls’ Festival dolls) and Gogatsu ningyo (Boys’ Day dolls), which have their origins in ancient customs; dolls connected to traditional performing arts like noh, bunraku and kabuki; regional dolls from throughout the country; and “creative dolls” produced by contemporary craftspeople.

Details of the exhibition:
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, February 05, 2015
Dates: Thursday, February 05, 2015 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Venue: Temporary Gallery (Ground Floor), Nairobi National Museum
Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

View the catalogue on this link

Note: While entrance to the Japanese Dolls Exhibition is free, kindly note that you will have to pay the normal entrance fee to the Nairobi National Museum

January 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Gala Event & Exhibition: Room for Giants – Art for Change, Dec. 4 2014 @ National Museum

art for change
Celebrated conservationist and author Kuki Gallmann will preside over the award ceremony

Exhibition continues through January 2015

December 1, 2014 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

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