A classical music concert at the GoDown. Over the years, the GoDown and the Kenya Conservatoire of music, who have an annex at the GoDown, have forged a partnership supporting young classical musicians with bursaries for music lessons.Puppets from the popular XYZ show by Buni Ltd, who among the diverse arts and media organizations based at the GoDown Arts Centre.Salah Ammar is a Sudanese artist based in one of the GoDown’s subsidized studios.The Nairobi County Manjano Visual Arts Exhibition & Art Prize is an annual feature of visual arts activities in Nairobi, offering prizes in student and established artist categories.High school boys admire the GoDown’s graffiti walls. Each year, schools visit the GoDown to interact directly with a contemporary arts space.The GoDown is open to the public. It hosts exhibitions, performances and creative workshops.Kenyan musician Size 8 performs at one of the GoDown’s annual Nairobi community festivals called Dunda Mtaani. The festival has helped strengthen connection artists have community audiences; at the same time, community artists have found a platform from which to test and prove themselves.A visitor to the Exhibition “Kenya’s Nubian’s: Then and Now” that was curated by Greg Constantine. The GoDown promotes programs such as this that have relevance and meaning for the community.JokaJok Dance Company in performance. Contemporary dance is among the new, exciting art forms the GoDown has actively facilitated.A scene from “Mo Faya”, Eric Wainaina’s huge musical success, which played to full houses at the GoDown. Children share their creativity after an art session at the GoDown.

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Overview

The GoDown Arts Centre is home to Kenyan creativity in arts and media. Established in 2003, in a space that was formerly a car repair warehouse, the centre has contributed significantly to the growth, recognition and visibility of local artist by fostering and facilitating collaborations and encounters between artists from different disciplines and different parts of the world.

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