Goethe - Institut Nairobi - Re-opening event

Re-opening GI Nairobi Spaces © Goethe-Insitut Nairobi Throughout 3 days, we have lined up different activities taking place simultaneously in the various Goethe-Institut Nairobi spaces at the library, terrace as well as the auditorium.


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INSHA Vinyl Launch
17th February
6 pm – 10 pm
Goethe-Institut, Terrace

INSHA VINYL LAUNCH © Nairobi Ableton User Group The Nairobi Ableton User group presents the Double vinyl EP, dabbed Insha - a compilation of tracks developed by artists and producers who are part of the user group.  The Vinyl will be on sale at a discounted price.

Muziki Santuri
Legacies of Vinyl Records and Popular Lifestyle
17th (6 pm - 9pm)
18th & 19th February (9am – 9pm)
Goethe-Institut, Auditorium

MUZIKI SANTURI © Brett Jordan / Unsplash Vinyls are making a comeback!
Back in the heyday of Vinyls, Nairobi was a centre for the music industry and ground-breaking records were produced to be shipped across the region. That musical legacy is now partially forgotten, with its sounds conserved on records that are not widely available. We bring together some of the foremost collectors and dealers of Nairobi, to track these musical histories and together listen to the warm sounds of Kenyas musical legacy.
The exhibition is organized by George Odhiambo from Jojo Records with Aghan Odero Agan, Eric Manya and partners across the industry, including Melodica Records, Ketebul Music, Jimmy of Kenyatta Market and support from Goethe-Institut, Usanii and Chester Hotels & Resorts.

Santuri DJ Sets
17th February (10 pm – 12 am)
18th February (6 pm - 8pm; 10 pm – 12 am)
19 Feb (8 pm -10pm)
Goethe-Institut, Terrace

SANTURI DJ SETS © Goethe-Institut Nairobi/Santuri Santuri East Africa’s DJs will grace the Re-Opening with some of their renowned DJs fusing their creativity, experimental projects as a form of entertainment and educative sessions during their three-day sets at the re-opening.
As a value-driven community enterprise in the alternative / underground electronic music scenes of Kenya, Santuri offers music production courses, studio services, showcases, artist development opportunities, as well as research and market development activities. Santuri is also home of Santuri Electronic Music Academy (SEMA) which was pioneered through the partnership with Goethe-Institut’s Jenga CCI.

Spin the wheel
18th & 19th February
10 am – 2 pm
Goethe-Institut, Terrace

SPIN THE WHEEL © Raynaldy Dachlan/Unsplash We will have a wheel with various topics such as German politics, grammar, current affairs, sports, etc. Participants will get to spin the wheel and answer questions depending on the topic that the wheel stops at. They win a prize if they answer correctly.

CultARe App Launch
18th February (11am – 2pm)
19th February (11am – 4pm)
Nairobi, CBD

CULTARE © Goethe-Institut Nairobi/CultARe CultARe is an AR based scavenger hunt type game that takes participants on a hunt across the city, interacting with various monuments as they learn more about the history of Kenya. Participants are invited to sign up and join a team with whom to go through the challenge. The winning team will win exciting prizes.
For inquiries and to register, please send a Whatsapp message to +2547 115 975 864.

State of the ARt VR Showcases
18th & 19th February
 11 am – 5 pm
Goethe-Institut, Library

SOTA VR SHOWCASE © Goethe-Institut Nairobi State of the ARt (SOTA) was an initiative of the Goethe-Institut, Jenga CCI in partnership with BlackRhino VR which was dedicated to strengthening the creative economy in the digital sector with the concept of integrating visual art forms in Augmented and Virtual Reality and deploying these technologies in a learning and experimental context while building capacity and exposing artists into these new art formats.
During the three cohorts of SOTA, three successful installations have been borne: NOMA!, USONI and DARUBINI. During these showcases, we will get to experience the artists’ art pieces in both Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Schnupperkurs for Adults & Kids
18th & 19th February
11 am – 2pm
Goethe-Institut, Class A – (Adults)
Goethe-Institut, Class B – (Kids)

SCHNUPPERKURS © Goethe-Institut This is a 15 -20 minute German language course for kids and adults that will feature basic everyday phrases. It is an opportunity for learners to get introduced to beginner German language.

Colonialism: A Musical Oral History Performance for Children
18th February
12 pm - 1.30 pm
Goethe-Institut, Terrace

COLONIALISM © Goethe-Institut Nairobi This 45 minute session combines elements of Music and storytelling to introduce the history of colonialism to children between 7 and 18 years. It is performed by story teller, Grace Wangari and German Musician Sven Kacirek. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children for the session.

Kibera Fashion Pop Up
18th & 19th February
12 pm – 6 pm
Goethe-Institut, Terrace

Kibera Fashion Pop Up © Goethe-Institut Nairobi/Kibera Fashion Week Clothing and accessories from some of designers from Kibera will be on sale. This is part of the Kibera Fashion Week project initiated with local partners and funded by European Spaces of Culture that aims at confronting exploitative global supply chains and changing the discourse around fashion from the perspective of the global south.

Heritage Museum VR Presentation
By Brian Njenga
18th February
1 pm – 2 pm
Goethe-Institut, Library

HERITAGE MUSEUM © Brian Njenga The heritage Museum is a project that aims to raise the awareness of Kenya's looted heritage, their history and their importance. This VR Project houses some of those artefacts. The artefacts were recreated in 3D from images of the actual objects which are located in foreign museums around the world. Interact with the objects in the VR space to learn more about them.
The project has been crafted by Brian Njenga, a 3D artist, who expresses what he loves (Sci-Fi, dystopian and philosophical ideas) mostly from an African perspective.

Storytelling for kids
18th February
2 pm – 3 pm
Goethe-Institut, Class A

STORYTELLING FOR KIDS © Goethe-Institut Nairobi Kids between the ages 3 to 12 are most welcome to have an interactive session where they will have a face painting session as well as listening to stories told in an interesting and dramatic way.

VR for Students
18th & 19th February
2 pm – 4 pm
Goethe-Institut, Class B

VR FOR STUDENTS © Goethe-Institut Nairobi High school students learning German will be invited to familiarize themselves with the technology behind virtual reality (VR) and 360 videos. In so doing, they are presented with 360-degree films and VR as a medium for learning and creativity.

VR Workshop
With Manal Omayer
18th & 19th February
3 pm -5 pm
Goethe-Institut, Class A

VR WORKSHOP © Goethe-Institut Nairobi An introduction to Augmented & Virtual Reality and how 360° art pieces are showcased in VR headsets. The workshop will also include a basic demystification session of AR/VR and will focus on the Basics on Tilt Brush & Virtual Reality.

Dance Interventions
18th February (4 pm - 5 pm) with Stacey Achieng´ and Michel Ongaro
Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
19th February (5 pm - 6 pm) with Jackson Atulo and Davillah, choreographed by Adam Chienjo
Goethe-Institut, Terrace

Dance Interventions © Goethe-Institut Nairobi A showcase of the diversity of dance forms Nairobi has to offer activating the different new spaces, through a mixture of choreographed and improvisational work. Jackson Atulo and Davillah will perform together in a performance by Adam Chienjo and Stacey Achieng and Michel Ongaro will perform together, combining tap-dancing and music best described and finger-dancing.
This is a prelude to the Dance Life Festival organized by the Goethe-Institut each year.

Checkmate Mido
18th February
5 pm – 6 pm
Goethe-Institut, Terrace

CHECKMATE MIDO © Checkmate Mido Checkmate Mido (the dancing poet) is a performing artist (Musician/Poet/Actor/Beatboxer) and certified trainer of the performance arts. He is widely known for his unique gift of merging art forms together to create an interesting, interactive and engaging performance.
Considering himself ‘a carrier of stories’, his work borrows from life, life experiences (his and others’ as well) which he weaves together creatively through collaboration.

A Performance Film + Screening and Q&A with Just A Band
18th February
8 pm - 10 pm
Goethe-Institut, Terrace

ECHO - JUST A BAND © Just a Band In their first visual presentation since ending a multi-year hiatus, Just a Band presents echo: a performance film featuring a set of their favorite old compositions and revisited deep cuts, as well as new songs and visual musings from the band's forthcoming music projects. Echo situates Just a Band's oeuvre into a feedback loop of ideas, memory, sounds and images reflecting back and forth through time. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Just A Band.

Girls’ DJ Workshop
with Coco Em
19th February
2 pm – 4 pm
Goethe-Institut, Auditorium

COCO EM © Coco Em Coco Em is a well-established international DJ who’s played eclectic blends to crowds from Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal to Trans Musicales in Rennes, France. She will be conducting an ,,All Girls’ DJ Workshop’’ geared towards contributing to empowering non-male DJs and enthusiasts to infiltrate spaces of technology, music production and DJ-ing.
She will offer a basics DJ workshop to students from Alliance Girls’ High School.

Octopizzo Live Performance + Hip hop City Documentary Screening
19th February
6 pm – 8 pm
Goethe-Institut, Terrace & Library

Octopizzo © Octopizzo We will screen a brief documentary on the influence of Hip Hop on the socio- political scene in Kenya, the rise of the Matatu sub-culture and on the social change movement. The screening in the library will be followed by a special performance by Octopizzo at our terrace, who is also featured in the Documentary and remains one of Kenya’s top Hip Hop artists.

17th – 19th February

PHOTOBOOTH © Kevin Grieve/Unsplash At any point during the 3-day event, the general public will have a chance to take polaroid pictures they could take home with or selfies using their phones at a photobooth with curated Instagram boards and loads of fun props they could use to express their individuality.

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