What would you do if you are stuck in your car in the mother of all traffic jams on our Kenyan roads when a conductor from a bus that you are struggling with for ‘right of passage ‘suddenly opens the door to the bus and yells “Emergency emergency, kuna mama anazaa hapa” (Emergency, Emergency, there is a lady who is giving birth in here) Do you give way? Do you even spare him the time of the day (or rather evening) to assess if what he says is really true?

The above is a true occurrence that I happened to witness and to know what happened after that public announcement, you just have to read on 🙂

This weekend in Nairobi, indoor activities may prove to be more sensible, considering the current state of the weather,that is why we have the following activity options lined up for you. The world makes such a beautiful canvas for our artistic works as you will note as you read along.

MUNCH-150

munch-a4-4The Scream is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels, by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910 (Wikipedia)

To all art enthusiast and lovers, XC brings you once again a behind the scene footage that showcases the process behind putting up the MUNCH 150 exhibition as well as providing an in-depth biography of the creator of The Scream, who (for those of you who are into History), lived from the mid 19th Century right through to the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War. Some special guests will be at hand to offer their expert insight and knowledge.

The films’ duration is 90 minutes and it will be screened at Brookhouse School, Magadi Road, Karen on the 21st and Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya, Museum Hill, on the 22nd of June. The screening starts at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are retailing at Kshs. 2,500. For more information contact xculture.info@gmail.com or call +254 708 757 606

 

FATUMA’S VOICE: THE MEDIA SCENE IN KENYA

We love to hate the media. I termed the relationship as so because although unsuited for each other (sometimes), the media and its audience will usually find it hard to exclude the other from their life and their day-to-day activities.

Well, today Fatuma’s voice will not be excluding the Media from their activities as they seek to hold an interactive discussion about the media scene in Kenya.

And what an interactive segment it promises to be, you can bet that the not too subtle fashion angle that our news anchors seem to be so immersed in will form part of the discussion. If you are like me, you may have been left wondering at one point or another how the sudden mating of fashion and news came about, don’t get me wrong though, I get the whole notion of dressing for success and for confidence, but when does that become a little too much?

The mediocrity angle of the Kenyan media will also be a discussion point in this segment as will other issues concerning the media.

If the current trend of our media has had you sitting on the edge and just seething with the need to be heard and to have intellectual discussions with like-minded people, whatever their stand , then the Fatuma’s Voice is the name of the event and the place to be is Pawa 254, Mageuzi Hall.

Entrance is only Kshs. 100 and the discussion kicks off at 4p.m and is set to last until 8 p.m

MATATU GAMES

matatuThey come in different shapes and sizes and all have their own unique personality. Some will have you looking out for a particular matatu and others will have you avoiding another but there is no denying that these are a social bunch (not all the times though) that provide an equal share of drama and frustrations to your day to day life on the road. I could use a lot of words to describe them but why take that opportunity from the exhibition by Dennis Muraguri dubbed Matatu Games.

The exhibition is part of the ongoing Matatu project which centers on the Urban Matatu culture. Dennis takes a particular focus on touts and brings to light the daring stunts (matatu games) that touts are famous for. He uses different medium to showcase this culture that welds significant power in our society.

The exhibition, which is being hosted at Kuona Trust, opened this Wednesday and will last until the 2nd of July.

THE RETURN OF JOY ADAMSON

Though I only remember it vaguely, I will not so easily forget the intrigue the movie arose in me after I saw a lion being raised in a domesticated environment. At that age, I barely had the patience to sit through the entire movie nor the discipline to grasp and enjoy the theme and storyline of the movie. The reason behind this flashback is because of the next exhibition that I am about to suggest you attend.

Dubbed The Return of Joy Adamson, the writer of the book that was adapted to the film that I just mentioned, Born Free , the exhibition chronicles the work that garnered Joy international acclaim as an illustrator, conservationist and author.

The exhibition will be held at the National Museum of Kenya until the 30th of June and Museum Rates Apply.

THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE’ – PORTRAITS OF GENERATIONS OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES IN EXILE WITH NO END by Dana April Seidenberg

the forgotten peopleAs we commemorate World Refugee day today, we take Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s words to heart:

On World Refugee Day, I call on the international community to intensify efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, and to help achieve peace and security so that families can be reunited and refugees can return home

On the occasion of the 2014 World Refugee Day, historian Dana April Seidenberg presents a series of photos showing the spirit of Palestinians in the face of perpetual despair in Beirut’s refugee camps of Sabra, Shatilla and Bourj el Bourajneh.

The pictures will remind you a little about home (Kenya) as you are sure to have witnessed the situations in most of our neighborhoods as well as the perpetual dance that takes place in our streets between the Hand of the law and our Countrymen and women who struggle to make ends meet.

The title of the exhibition is derived from the term the refugee use to refer to themselves; ‘forgotten people’.

The exhibition commenced on the 17th of June and will end on the 13th of July. The venue for the exhibition is Alliance Francaise-Ground Floor Gallery and entrance is totally and completely free. Exhibition opens from 6:30 p.m

As we wind up, back to the bus conductor with a dilemma at hand…only, it wasn’t really a dilemma and there wasn’t a lady about to give birth nor one pregnant for that matter. Though his attempts at trying to clear a way for the bus were futile, he did manage to make some of us in the bus laugh our hearts out and get our minds off that appalling man made traffic. In case you are wondering, nobody came by the bus to try and offer help either in clearing the road nor help in the birthing process…but that is so typically Kenyan and we learn to get by.

Enjoy your weekend as you take time to appreciate the beauty and that has been captured by the people showcasing their work this weekend, they made the world their canvas and we have the pleasure of enjoying it. Until next time, take care.

Written by Maureen Mwangi, a Mvuli Hotels staff member

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