Artists, as members of society working though words, paint, images and other tools, uncover events and practices in their environment which could be pleasant or painful. Sometimes they dig deep into the political, economic, social, cultural and technological terrains and question or celebrate historical or everyday events. They use the power of their creativity to represent existing or possible realities. Derived from “Civil Society Dialogues” the series this year will bring together artists and scholars and discuss how arts can function as social commentary and how it can influence society, politics, norms and values. Bringing creativity in the service of social change provides communities with the opportunity to share experiences and ask lingering questions about the human condition.
The first of four events will revolve around the topic “Protest in Music”. It will feature rising Kenyan musician Labdi Ommes, music curator and manager George Ndiritu and renowned Kenyan musician, Juliani.
A musical showcase will be followed by a discussion with the guests.