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Upcoming Events

  • Mack is Back!
    Venue: Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers, Kilifi
    Date: 5/5/2017
    Time: 18:00- 22:00
    Timiza Lengo Company and Distant Relatives have been able to get Mackinlay, infamous Kilifi trumpeter, founder of the Nairobi Horns Project and the current jazz king in Nairobi, out of his tight schedule to come for an evening gig in Kilifi. Join us for a wonderful jazzy experience mixed in with pop and funk under the stars with Mack whose horn has been blowing audiences away all over East Africa.
    Mackinlay Jazz Pop House
  • Lahani at Mettā
    After a long hiatus, Lahani makes a special comeback at Mettā Nairobi on the 28th of July, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 PM. This edition will feature Aula, Ayrosh, ABBIH NGUMA and Ythera Music. Lahani means musical tune in Swahili, and is an acoustic arti……

  • Book Launch: Cartography and the Political Imagination
    “Cartography and political imagination breaks new ground in Kenyan historiography. this detailed study argues that Luhyia ethnic architects used cartography to create a demographically indusive, politically prulalistic and progressive cosmopolitan……

  • After Office Hours // with Aly-Khan Satchu
    We are very excited to welcome Aly-Khan Satchu to the Garage Westlands for this months edition of After Office Hours….

  • Mombasa SGR Tour
    This is a random weekend “Kuhappen” Tour. We escape the cold in Nairobi, we stay in a cottage in teams of 6, we swim and party hard then come back to Nairobi on Sunday. To book, call 0734525583….

  • Co-Creating Kampala’s Creative Industry – A Day of Learning
    What do you feel we need to learn in order to make the world a better place? This question was put to people across the world, people like you. But to avoid getting stuck in big talk with very little practical output, participants were invited to ……

  • White Rabbit Red Rabbit
    Acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour had his passport revoked when he refused to sign up for compulsory military service. Unable to leave Iran, he responded by writing WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT….


  • Movie Screening: Run Lola Run
    5:00PM Happy Hour (till 12AM)
    6:00PM Sundowner
    8:00PM Screening
    (Germany ‧ English subtitles ‧ 1998 ‧ Crime film/Thriller ‧ 1h 22m)…

  • Togetherness Supreme Film Screening
    Avant Cinema in association with Docubox East Africa and Hotsun Films present the film, “Togetherness Supreme”….

  • Rurimeria Hike I Mt Meru Pre Hike
    Rurimeria Hill forms one of the main peak of the Aberdares. The Hill stands tall at 12,670 ft Stands tall than Elephant hill…

  • Annual Events and Festivals


    • Kenya Golf Championship – Annual championship is part of the European Challenge Tour and features over 100 professional players from around the world (


    • Kenya Safari Rally (KCB Safari Rally) – Considered to be one of the world’s toughest rally’s, drivers come from around the world to race in the 2-day, Kenyan leg of the FIA African Rally Championship (


    • Madaraka Day (June 1st) – A national holiday to celebrate the start of self-rule from the United Kingdom in 1963.
    • Safari Sevens (Rugby) – An annual, international, rugby sevens tournament held in Nairobi since 1996, and run by the Kenya Rugby Football Union (



    • Kenya Music Festival – Regional music champions from schools and universities across Kenya perform set pieces, folk songs, choral music, and original pieces.



    • Moi Day (October 10th) – National holiday to celebrate the accomplishments of Kenya’s second President, Daniel arap Moi.
    • Kenyatta Day (October 20th) – National holiday to celebrate the memory of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president.
    • Kenya International Film Festival – Annual film festival, features African and international productions, around a certain theme, at various Nairobi cinemas (
    • Nairobi Marathon – Thousands of runners compete in this annual 42 KM marathon (also includes 21 km half marathon, 10 km road race and a 2.5 km family fun run (


    • Crafts of Africa – Annual Christmas season, African craft and art show at the Sarit Centre. Includes a range of exhibitors selling everything from wood carvings to blown glass.


    • Taste of Nairobi Festival – Annual outdoor festival that includes live music and entertainment, food and beverage vendors, business displays, and arts and crafts (
    • Kenya Music Week – Held annually at the Sarit Centre, and showcases a range of Kenyan artists (
    • Jamahuri Day (Independence Day) (December 12th) – National holiday to celebrate Kenya’s establishment as a republic in 1964.