Nairobi has a very vibrant entertainment scene. Its cosmopolitan nature allows you to go out and meet diverse groups of people all who frequent the events put together by innovative organisers. If you’re spending entire weekend afternoons in the house, you might be missing out on what the city has to offer.
Here is a list of great events that you should consider attending with your friends and family or even by yourself. They range from the serious and politically charged to the laid back ones which are perfect for unwinding on sunny afternoons after a stressful week.
When: 15th March.
Where: Kenya National Theatre from 7pm.
Price: 3,500 Kshs advance ticket and 5,000 Kshs at the gate.
The Vagina Monologues is a series of performances based on the book where women enact the intimate conversations that happen in the book in relation to menstruation, birth, pleasure and sexual abuse. The performances will be directed by Mumbi Kaigwa.
- Slam Africa
When: 18th March.
Where: Alliance Francaise from 2 PM
This is an annual poetry event where emerging spoken word poets compete for the ultimate title of Grand Slammer. The show will also feature great live music from local bands. The tickets are available on the Mpesa Till number 891644 and more information can be found on their Facebook page where you can also keep up with upcoming events.
- Imarika Festival
When: 12th March.
Where: The Elephant from 2 PM.
Imarika Festival is a showcase of local bands, art, and poets. The theme is ‘In the eyes of the beholder. More information on the event and tickets is available on their Instagram page.
- Cake Art Affair
When: 11th March.
It started as a small gathering of art, music, poetry and cake lovers at the park and it keeps getting bigger and better each year. The cake is free and in many different varieties. If that is not enough incentive then I don’t know what is. The tickets are available on their page on Instagram.
- Nairobi Orchestra
When: March 18th at 7 PM and March 19th at 2 PM.
Where: Braeburn Theatre, Gitanga Rd.
Tickets: 500 Kshs for students with ID and 800 for adults.
The Nairobi Orchestra presents a chance to listen to a full orchestra with performances including a suite from the Star Wars Epic conducted by Levi Wataka.
- DocuBox Film Screenings.
When: Last Wednesday of every month.
Where: Mageuzi Theatre, Pawa 254.
DocuBox Film Fund is an organisation that supports the formation of documentaries by talented East African film makers through training and grants. It holds free monthly screenings of documentary films as an alternative form of entertainment which are followed by panel discussions. This month, the film that will the screened is An Insignificant Man which is a political documentary and thriller chronicling the rise of anti-corruption protests in India and the formation of The Common Man’s Party. The documentary is very timely as our country struggles with the fight against corruption.