The first session of Nairobi Talks III took place on 17th April at The GoDown with visiting partners from Sweden, Yvonne Rock and Tomas Bokstad. The discussions centred on how artists can explore the context of Nairobi as a city and its’ inhabitants, for different interpretations which will be featured in exhibitions in Nairobi and Stockholm, Sweden in 2013 . The talks run through to April 20th, 2012.
The focus group discussions on the “Handbook Project” in Zanzibar and Dar es Salam were successful. Kampala’s focus group discussions will take place later this month. In Kenya, artists are encouraged to follow the discussions by subscribing to the working copy of the “Artist Handbook” via www.creativesconnect.org.
Kuona Trust visited The GoDown on April 16th, 2012. The team included some of Kuona’s new generation of artists. Through such interactions they hope to learn how artists in general interact with artists based in centers, independent galleries and those who use their homes as their workspace and gallery. Kuona is in the process of creating stronger links with various art communities and strengthening their new mentorship programme.
In other news, GoDown’s Kenya Burning exhibition is still ongoing at the GoDown. Copies of Kenya Burning are also available on sale at The GoDown.
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The GoDown in conjunction with Medeva have successfully completed the filming of the first season of the new TV show “The Space”, coming to a screen near you very soon. Watch this space!
On a different note, every year, Media Development in Africa (MEDEVA) runs a TV and Radio production course that is free and open to the public. After 4 weeks of intensive training, selected trainees may be employed full time/part time on the next MEDEVA production. Applicants – must be between 18 – 30 years old – are being asked to send a maximum three-page resume with an application letter and a brief outline of maximum three original ideas that you would like to develop into TV and Radio programmes. Applications are made via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or through hand delivery in our offices located at The GoDown Arts Centre. The closing date is 20th April, 2012.
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Ketebul signed artist Polycarp Onyango aka Winyo travelled to Brazil on Saturday 15th April for an awards ceremony of the coveted Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. This is an international philanthropic programme created to assist extraordinary, rising artists to achieve their full potential. It seeks out these artists from around the world and brings them together with great masters, for a year of creative collaboration in one-to-one mentoring relationship. The winners in the various categories will be announced in the course of the week.
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Ethical Fashion Africa Limited
Ethical Fashion Africa is working on the distribution of elements of the latest orders to various community groups. The latest order has a lot of beading in the collection which is providing employment opportunities and capacity building to several groups throughout Kenya. The work gives the groups the opportunity of expanding their existing skills to meet quality demands of the export market.
EFA also has an exciting range of products available for sale locally so contact us for more information on email@example.com and support local artisans for all your gift items for Him and for Her!
This April 18th Buni Media launches BUNI TV at The iHub. This platform shall be a premier online destination for independent African video content such as documentaries, short films, TV shows, music videos, and animation. The website has been designed by Barbara Muriungi, built by Asilia, and is accessible on the mobile platform using smartphones. BUNI TV hopes to tell the African story that may not have entered the mainstream. It also hopes to address the challenges of finding the right audience, getting audience to view work and generating revenue from the viewership.
For more information visit: www.buni.tv / m.buni.tv on the mobile platform
GoDown based NairoBits Media Lab students are back from their break. During the break the students engaged in an off-school project that saw them design websites for existing clients. On a different note, Course 1 second group has started in all the centres.
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The first edition of Conservatoire’s series workshops begun on the 17th; where American based saxophonist and jazz artist, Davey Yarborough, led those in attendance through the workshop at The Conservatoire. The participants comprised of jazz music lovers, especially those who love to play the saxophone. The next workshop is scheduled to take place on May 12th and 13th, 2012.
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Dance into Space
The rehearsals of Paths – a project sponsored by Danish Culture Fund through Sarakasi Trust, is ongoing. The research is in two phases: a research phase and a practical phase. The practical phase takes place at The GoDown three days a week whereas the research phase takes place in Nairobi and around its environs.
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Different Seas, Different Histories? Reflections on the Western Indian Ocean by John Mack – reviewed by Bettina Ng’weno: Based on his new book The Sea: A Cultural History, in his presentation John Mack reframed the study of oceans and seas from the perspective of water rather than land. In this manner he was taking movement seriously, as well as things like the currents, winds and salinity, to understand why people settle where they do and when. To read more about this article in AwaaZ Issue 3/2011, follow this link:
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Still showing at Phoenix Theatre is “A Raisin in the Sun”. The play revolves around a family of very humble abode which loses their father. The life insurance money comes in and the widow seeks to put down a deposit for a house in a swanky neighborhood to fulfill her late husband’s wishes. Her son has business ideas; her daughter wants to go to college. They move into their new home- only to be confronted by the ugly reality that they do not belong there….
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