Sigalagala Festival

Sigalagala is a festival that recognizes the contribution of African women in arts - normally celebrated through music and visual art. The festival has attracted big names in art and music including Mbilia Bel, the celebrated Congolese maestro, Bi Kidude, a ninety-seven year old Zanzibari woman who is still a powerful performer to this day. Suzanna Owiyo, Atemi, Amani, Ogoya Nengo, Suzanne Gachukia, Valerie Kimani, Bismillahi Gargar - to name a few.Visual artists who have paticipated in Sigalagala include the celebrated Rosemary Karuga (also in her 80's) Tabitha wa Thuku, Geraldine Robarts, Mary Ogembo, Caroline Mbirua and Maggie Otieno. Last year, the festival took the form of a meeting/mini-conference.

The participants were drawn from all works of life across regions, across religions and trans-generational (young, ‘middle-age’ and elderly). It provided a platform for women to share their perspectives, insights and experiences as mothers, daughters and sisters about the mostly silent influence those women can and often do have in the family and in community, and how this influence might be directed strategically to impact the course of events in this country. The festival then culminated in a concert with performances from Esther Wahome, Bismillahi Gargar, Valerie Kimani and Suzanna Owiyo

Capacity Building

Contemporary Dance The GoDown supports the Dance Forum Nairobi programme which provides training for youth... Read more
Classical music   The GoDown has been working with the Kenya Conservatoire of Music to support the... Read more
Artists in Residence As a way of supporting artists, the GoDown provides studio space to artists at subsidised rates... Read more


Public programmes

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Nai Ni Who Nai Ni Who? An exploration of Nairobi. Celebrating the good, the bad & the possibilities.... Read more
Dunda Mtaani A community festival that takes place in various communities within Nairobi. The festival has... Read more
Battle of the Band Battle of the Bands (BOTB) is an annual music competition in form of a concert, pitting several... Read more
Nairobi County Visual Arts Exhibition (Manjano) This is an exhibition that features artists from all over Nairobi. It has been supported twice... Read more
Hadaf International Somalia Cartoon Exhibition slider The GoDown Arts Centre hosted this very insightful cartoon exhibition on Somalia. More than... Read more
The Nubian Photographic Exhibition: Greg Constantine partnered with UNHCR to present The Nubian Photographic Exhibition at The... Read more
Classics at The GoDown Classics at the GoDown is a collaboration between the Kenya Conservatoire of Music and the... Read more
Seminars Personal Financial Literacy Talk: Presented by Mr. Sammy Muvelah and his team from Zimele... Read more
Screenings A Small Act The GoDown hosted The Hilde Back Foundation which was holding a film screening of the... Read more
Kenya Burning Exhibition “Kenya Burning” is a photographic exhibition of images captured by amateur and professional... Read more

Advancing the sector

Creative Economy Conference The Economy of Creativity Conference is that has been convened twice by The GoDown Arts Centre... Read more
White Architects The GoDown hosted a delegation of 40 from ‘White Architects’, Sweden an architectural firm in... Read more
Money And Meaning Workshop The Money and Meaning workshop is collaboration between The GoDown Arts Centre and Nätverkstan,... Read more
Sigalagala Festival Sigalagala is a festival that recognizes the contribution of African women in arts - normally... Read more
The East Africa Art Summit The biennial convening brings together key players in the culture sector from the east Africa... Read more

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