AwaaZ Magazine

Program Line-up

August 2014: In partnership with African Leadership Dialogues and Citizen TV

Discussion Forum: Race, Class and Ethnicity MATTERS.

East Africa is said to be a community of 3 nations. But what does this when we are compartmentalized in our racially different neighbourhoods, places of worship, relationships, economies and leisure? What does this mean in a time when there are ongoing ethnic clashes in Wajir, Baringo and Mpeketoni in Kenya, the conflict in Northern Uganda and the recent series of events in Zanzibar? These panel sessions would probe deep into the matters of race, ethnicity and class in East Africa and the historical tensions and traumas that they allow for. Above all these conversations are conducted to help us imagine and work towards futures that plant the seeds for restorative justice and healing in our nations.

12 prominent Kenyans from the East African region will thus interrogate the state of the Nation today. The panel will be moderated by Julie Gichuru in a hard hitting, frank and incisive session.  The show will be pre-recorded and screened on Citizen TV.

August 23 - August 31, 2014: In partnership with Film Kenya

SAMOSA Film Festival

We shall screen films within 5 university campuses and 5 informal settlements. The films shall have contemporary themes with relevance to Kenya, Africa and the world and that will resonate with both students and communities.

Saturday, 23 August 2014: In partnership with the Kenya Community Network

Community Media Festival: Going to the Community

Venue: Dagoretti Empowerment Centre

We will hold a day long Media Festival in partnership with the Kenya Community Network. The festival will also partner with a number of community radio stations like Mtaani FM (Dagoretti), Koch FM (Korogocho), Pamoja FM (Kibera) and others. The event will consist of picture exhibitions of the South Asian participation in the anti-colonial struggle, films on contemporary themes, performances and discussion forums.  This forum aims to enhance the cohesion and integration efforts of Kenyans as they endeavor to overcome racial and ethnic biases.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014: In partnership with Wildlife Direct and Stand Up Shout Out

Event: Hands off Our Elephants

Venue: National Museums of Kenya

Committed to the premise that the wildlife of Africa remains in trust for its people as well as for future generations throughout the world, we shall screen 'White Gold' directed by Simon Trevor and narrated by Hilary Rodham Clinton and have an exhibition to commemorate the deaths of both the Elephants and the Fallen Rangers. There will be an open forum discussion after the screening.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014: In partnership with the Department of Literature, University of Nairobi

Literary Colloquium: Cosmopolitanism in Kenya At 50

Venue: Department of Literature, University of Nairobi (by invitation only)

We are inviting conversations that cut across ethnic, racial, regional, religious, cultural, personal, communal and oceanic differences and similarities. We wish to provoke discussions on how Kenyans, here and in the diaspora; friends of Kenya; visitors; and any other interested persons can connect as humans across these divides, differences and similarities; and how to retain our humanity in the age of cultural erasure, market hegemony or even ethno-national jingoism. We hope that these reflections will contribute to the debate in Kenya on how to make the nation more inclusive and egalitarian beyond our 50th anniversary of independence. We intend to produce a special AwaaZ SAMOSA Souvenir to commemorate the colloquium and the Festival as a whole. 

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 and Saturday and Sunday, 30 – 31 August 2014:

Project: Who Am I, Who We Are

Venue: University of Nairobi (Dept. of Literature) and National Museums of Kenya

A project on Kenyan Identity: by Xavier Verhoest and Wambui Kamiru. This is a project about the idea of Kenyan nationhood and how it is embodied through our sense of identity and our everyday interactions as Kenyans.

Friday, 29 August 2014:

Performance: Hadithi

Venue: Amphitheatre, National Museums of Kenya

Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm     Price: Ksh 500/=


An evening of performance combining music, spoken word and a hip-hop musical to tell stories of ordinary Kenyans as they strive to live a life of dignity amid the challenges of nationhood at 50. The Stand Up Shout Out group will partner in bringing its Verbalise Realise group to create further intrigue and excitement.

Saturday, 30 August 2014:

Concert Night:

Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums of Kenya

Time: 6.30 pm – 10.00pm    Price: Ksh 1,000/=


A three performance musical night comprising of:

  1. Daraja – an offshoot of the original Kachumbari Band which creates new and original music from traditional and contemporary musical instruments. The band is composed of Kenyan South Asians, Africans and Caucasians
  2. A dance show by Boneless and Band which will showcase a 30-minutes performance of a dive back into history and contemporary themes from the South Asian and African cultures.
  3. Koogu in Kenya: Sandbox Collective from Bangalore, India, in partnership with SAMOSA, will present a solo piece with text and movement.

Sunday, 31 August 2014: In partnership with Kenya Dialogues Project

Theater: Beach Access by Playwright Kuldip Sondhi

Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums of Kenya

The play was the BBC Radio play of the year in 1997. Land is an emotive issue in Kenya and has been the basis of national tensions in Kenya since independence and was at the core of the post-election violence in 2007/8. 'Beach Access' dramatizes the struggles of 'beach boys' on a Kenyan beach to regain access to their beach after the path to it is blocked by illegal developers. The play is as relevant today as it was when it was written. The theatre group is based in Mombasa.