Alliance Francaise In Nairobi
A lady admiring paintings – “Nairobi Catwalkers” – mixed media on canvas by MaryAnn Muthoni and “Feeling the Butterflies” - oil on canvas by Peter Elungat exhibiting at Alliance Française
Artistic creativity has blossomed … careers started – and scaled great heights in the creative industry. This happens at the Alliance Francaise de Nairobi … where the performance arts meet the visual arts - culture and more...
The theatre diary is always full … with stage plays entertainment in Nairobi.
The theatre stage here has helped and launched hundreds of performing arts careers within Kenya … and beyond.
It continues to churn out performing arts talent … and provides a much-needed stage to the national and international stage …
You should visit this one cultural center – for the art and cultural experience.
My Alliance Francaise - Nairobi Story
I’m a beneficiary of the creative generosity of the Alliance Francaise de Nairobi. As a photographer (visual artist) … this happened within the course of four years (from 2007 – 2011).
I was part of the Kenya Month of Photography organizers. This consisted of monthly photo critique sessions - we brought together bodies of work and reviewed them …
Asked questions on photography stuff and shared opportunities. There was much camaraderie within these forums …
This culminated in a month-long photo exhibition in the month of June each year. The free photography training workshops were a favorite – this came in two classes – one for amateurs and the other for professional photographers.
My story and experience with the Alliance Francaise de Nairobi … begins with my love of the arts … and the need to while away evenings - as I waited for vehicle traffic jams to go down and head home.
I used to keep track of the art events diary at the venue … I once went for an art exhibition with Danson - my friend and colleague in photography.
In the course of the exhibition, I noticed a guy who was taking pictures and I said hi … we kicked off from there. This was the then Deputy Director of the Alliance Francaise – Christian Randrianampifazy.
From that came a series of meetings and brainstorming sessions - that brought together the local participation in putting together the Kenya Month of Photography - that was Christian’s brainchild …
Eventually, a long-term working relationship with the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi was born.
Diverse Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions
The center has a modern auditorium, two exhibition galleries, and a popular garden stage for concerts. These have helped in holding Art Exhibitions, Concerts, Festivals, Films, cultural and artistic events, and educational cooperation projects …
Students wishing to pursue higher education in France benefit much by learning and using the resources at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi.
The Alliance Francaise Prides In:
• Teaching a wide range of French language courses
• Showcasing Kenya arts and African cultures
• Showcasing the French culture and cultures of the world
• Empowering the local performing – visual artists, and the arts fraternity
There are various events and festivals taking place every month. These are art exhibitions – stage theater – film festivals – training workshops – fashion shows, and more …all-the year round.
There is special Kenya - African music concerts taking place every now and then …
These feature Kenyan and African musicians or bands from around the continent …
Some of the famous musicians to perform here are Angelique Kidjo, Kenya’s Sauti Sol, Eric Wainaina, and Suzanna Awiyo among others.
The Center is located within Nairobi’s central business district. And it’s easily accessible.
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