World Social Forum

All Art venues in Nairobi are gearing up for the World Social Forum which is set to start on the 22nd at the Moi Sports Center Kasarani.

The RaMoMa Museum of modern art has Organised an exhibition dubbed ‘Drawings’ which will showcase works by various artists on the 18th Jan from The exhibition runs until 18th Feb 07
Gallery opens from 9.30 a.m– 4.30pm

Alliance Française also has an array of activities as well as films and debates. They also have an exhibition ‘My world, your world’ which is an interpretation of the views of some of the best Kenyan visual artists.

The GoDown Arts Centre will be hosting the first poetry performances ‘Poetry From Africa’ on the 19th (Friday) There will also be choreography performances.

Poetry from Africa, presented by The center for creative arts (UKZN) The participating poets include Dennis Brutus (South Africa), Chiwoniso (Zimbabwe), Susan Kiguli (Uganda), Lebogang Mashile (South Africa), Bantu Mwaura (Kenya), Pitika Ntuli (South Africa), and Shailja Patel. Entitled Poetic Perspectives on Migration, the poetry performances will take place on 19th January at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi at 19h00 and on 23th January at the World Social Forum venue (L-Block near entrance 5), 16h00-18h00.

I would have thought that since this even was happening in Kenya, the literary institutions (I won’t mention names) would be the ones taking the initiative (and have majority of performers) and have other countries with their art institutions support.

Looking at the list of performers, I am inclined to think that there are only two renowned poets in Kenya. But I know better as I have seen some very good talent discovered by Kwani Trust and WAPI (Words And Pictures) held every month.

This would have been a great opportunity for up and coming poets (the likes of Dennis,Biiko, etc), artists( e.g Winyo, Bakawola, etc) to get exposure and sign record deals.

My question is, is it that the Kenyan literary institutions don’t yet have faith in these sprouting artists or was it a case of only flaunting the best we have.

Someone help me out here!!!!

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