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‘The Write Flow’ Revolutionary Rap Battle Edition and Citizen Journalism Award

the write flow

The First Sauti ya Mtaa Rap Battle, dubbed The Write Flow will take place this Saturday, 28th March 2015 from 5.00pm, at the Pawa 254 rooftop, bringing together a Special Jury comprised of the prolific Mwafreeka, the talented Monaja and none other than the amazing rapper and leading Kenyan Artist, Octopizzo.

This will feature the Kibera Hub against the Kariobangi Hub and also a Citizen Journalism Award.

Entry is absolutely FREE.

#PAWAFilmForum XVIII – ‘Maramaso’ by Forsee Films


Due to the high demand following a screening at Sauti Za Busara Festival in Zanzibar, Pawa254 will screen the documentary MARAMASO for the second time in our #PawaFilmForum series.

The Pawa254 Film Forum is committed to showcasing independently produced, often non- commercial work that has little opportunity of reaching the general public; highlighting social, political, cultural and historical realities. By featuring the voices and visions of truly independent media artists from Kenya and beyond, we aim to expose diverse audiences to a range of artistic expressions, cultural perspectives and critical inquiries.

Forsee Films will showcase their documentary ‘MARAMASO’ on Thursday 26th March from 6.30-8.30pm on the PAWA254 Rooftop.

MARAMASO follows young musician, Mandela, and his band SARABI as they struggle to promote peace ahead of the hotly contested 2013 Kenyan presidential election.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A

Join the Facebook Event page by CLICKING HERE

PLASTIC FANTASTICx Disco Soup Nairobi – Raising environmental consciousness through the arts!


Reduce > Reuse > Upcyle!

Plastic Fantastic and Disco Soup are fighting plastic and food waste together.

Tonight, Wednesday 18th March 2015, join Plastic Fantastic Kenya and Disco Soup Nairobi at PLASTIC FANTASTICx DISCO SOUP NAIROBI happening at Juniper Kitchen, Westlands from 6pm – dance to live music while you chop your free disco soup for a good cause.

Live performances by LonesomeBounty IncMichel Ongaro MusicJahm and DJ Sets by Dread SteppaSolvation – Dj and Enchan.

Plastic Fantastic is currently running a crowd funding campaign to develop a fair trade craft project which employ a community of over 100 Masai women. Cover charge is 350 KES to support the crowd funding campaign. 

Plastic Fantastic Launches IndieGoGo Campaign, Raises Funds and Awareness for Kenyan Plastic Waste Epidemic and Arts

NGONG, KENYA, MARCH 1, 2015 – Plastic Fantastic launched an IndieGoGo campaign on February 14, 2015, to raise funds and awareness for their social enterprise that focuses on educating the public about environmental consciousness and the plastic waste epidemic in Kenya while creating opportunities for local artisans.

Plastic Fantastic works with nearby schools to facilitate community recycling programs to decrease the volume of plastic waste left in the environment. Then, the organization hosts workshops to teach self-help groups and artisan communities about upcycling. The campaigns aim to recycle spent plastic into upcycled jewelry and accessories that is marketed and sold to environmentally conscious customers. The organization offers jewelry for sale via the Galleria Mall in Karen, Kenya, and plans to soon offer products in the United States and Finland. In addition to launching the IndieGoGo campaign, Plastic Fantastic is hosting a fundraising concert in Nairobi on March 18, 2015, which will feature an art auction with pieces from Michael Soi, Justus Kyalo, and Patrick Mukabi.

The Plastic Fantastic crowdfunding campaign has reached nearly half of its $10,000 goal, which it aims to fulfill by March 26, 2015. The funds will be used to further expand the organization and reach worldwide consumers, and pledgers will receive exclusive perks, including professionally handmade Plastic Fantastic jewelry and trees planted in their name in Kenya. More information can be found at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/plastic-fantastic-from-plastic-to-fantastic.

 About Plastic Fantastic

 Plastic Fantastic is changing how the developing world relates to their environment by planting seeds of environmental awareness in children and adults, while also supporting impoverished artisans and their families by selling their upcycled handcrafts that spark conversation around environmental issues.



#PAWAFilmForum XVII: ‘A Guidebook to Impunity’ Screening and Discussion


The Pawa254 Film Forum is committed to showcasing independently produced, often non- commercial work that has little opportunity of reaching the general public; highlighting social, political, cultural and historical realities. By featuring the voices and visions of truly independent media artists from Kenya and beyond, we aim to expose diverse audiences to a range of artistic expressions, cultural perspectives and critical inquiries.

For this edition of #PawaFilmForum, we invite InformAction, who will showcase their documentary ‘A Guidebook to Impunity’ on Wednesday 11th March from 6.30-8.30pm on the PAWA254 Rooftop.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A


A social justice film which tracks the 2013 electoral process from the elections to Bomas and finally the Supreme Court Proceedings.

‘Make it Happen’ International Womens’ Day Exhibition at Pawa 254


Oxfam will be celebrating strong women in the Horn, East and Central Africa this International Women’s Day, with an Exhibition that will be set up at the Pawa 254 Rooftop through this weekend from the 6th – 8th of March 2015.

Oxfam aims to put women at the heart of all that they do, all year round and the International Women’s Day provides this opportunity to reflect on progress made, call for change and to recognise acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in their countries and communities. In the Horn, East and Central Africa, Oxfam has the privilege of working with many women like this.

In the ‘Make it Happen’ exhibition, strong women who Oxfam’s programmes have touched with be featured: from from a mother who walks 2km every day to go to the market to earn enough money to feed her children, to a young woman who set up a rape crisis centre in Mogadishu, to a journalist in South Sudan working to share messages of peace in her community. It is testament to the fact that a woman’s strength comes in all forms.

These striking images and stories highlight the great efforts women are making, both at the large and small scale, to improve the lives of themselves and others.

To find out more, visit facebook.com/oxfamineastafrica or follow on twitter on @OxfamEAfrica

The Exhibition will be on display from 6.00pm Friday 6th March 2015, during the Rooftop Sundowner with Idd Aziz and Gregg Tendwa, through to 5.00pm Sunday 8th March 2015 at the Pawa 254 Rooftop.



Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund Applications Call-Out

Wangari Maathai fund

The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund is an Environmental Innovations fund set up in memory of the late Professor Wangari Maathai, aimed at developing action-oriented young people with strong values and commitment to the conservation of the physical and social environment in Kenya.

The fund has been established by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Green Belt Movement, and the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF).

This is the 3rd public call for scholarship applications to the fund: A scholarship award from the fund is given each year to a young woman who has demonstrated passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation. This individual must also demonstrate their ability to successfully mobilize people and provide leadership in environmental advocacy.

Selection Criteria:

A young woman of between the ages of 18 – 25 years.
Kenyan citizens currently residing in Kenya
The scholarship is limited to applicants who have enrolled in a Kenyan University
Ability to demonstrate the environmental conservation project(s) they have started or have been involved in and how those initiatives have impacted people in their community, in ways that have improved environmental health and sustainability, and the fund’s goals of achieving a greener, cleaner and more sustainable community.
How to Apply


Completed APPLICATION FORMS can be submitted to KCDF by email to grants@kcdf.or.ke. to be received on or before 5.00pm, 16th March 2015. Any other supportive documents should be scanned and sent as attachments with the filled in proposal.

For more information about the Fund, CLICK HERE

Young Kenyan & African Artists invited to enter Contemporary Art Competition; ​​L’Atelier


For the first time in its 30-year history, L’Atelier will be expanded to include emerging visual artists from Africa. Historically, the prestigious contemporary art competition was held in South Africa and only local artists were eligible to enter.

From 2015, artists aged 21 to 35 in South Africa as well as Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and Kenya are invited to take part in the art competition, which has carved a reputation for itself as a significant event in the lives of up-and-coming artists, providing an ideal springboard for any artist looking to further develop their career.

Sponsored by Barclays Africa and supported locally by KUONA TRUST, L’Atelier is renowned for its role in inspiring, motivating and promoting young and emerging artists. The competition has become a much-anticipated annual highlight on the calendars of emerging artists who rely on the exposure their work receives from the countrywide exhibitions and the exhibition catalogue, both of which play an important part in furthering their budding careers.


History of L’Atelier

From 1999 until 2001, the competition was known as the Absa Atelier Competition, and in 2002 it changed its name to Absa L’Atelier. In 2015 the competition – now one of the longest running events of its kind in Africa – enters another new chapter as it becomes part of the Barclays Africa fold, following the acquisition by Barclays of a majority share in Absa to form Barclays Africa Group in 2013. The competition is now known as L’Atelier.

As a forerunner in the provision of financial services in Africa, the Barclays Africa custodianship of L’Atelier will enable the competition to reach new heights in 2015 as it is opened up to artists from neighbouring countries.


Coveted art residency prizes

All young artists in Kenya are invited to enter the 2015 L’Atelier art competition. Entries are open from 15 January 2015 until 06 March 2015, and all works being entered must be delivered to

​Kuona Trust between 02 and 06 March 2015 as outlined on the L’Atelier website.

Five coveted art residency prizes are awarded to the winners, including the main prize, three merit award prizes and the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising artist.

The three merit awards include (1) a two-month residency on the Island of Sylt, Germany at the Sylt Foundation and the use of an apartment, return flights to Germany and a monthly stipend; (2) a one-month residency in New York at the Ampersand Foundation and the use of an apartment, return flights to New York and a Ampersand Foundation fellowship (this prize is for South African citizens only and non-Ampersand Fellows); and (3) a three-month residency in South Africa, return flights to Johannesburg and a monthly stipend (this prize is for non-South African citizens).

The main prize includes R150 000 in cash from Barclays Africa and a return air ticket to Paris, France. The prize money must be used for the time of study of at least three months, but not for more than six months, in the studio apartment purchased for this purpose at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Upon the winner’s return to South Africa, they will be invited to have a solo exhibition in the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg.

The Alliance Française, the French Institute and the French Embassy are sponsoring the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising South African artist with an income of less than R60 000 per annum. This prize consists of a return air ticket to Paris, three months’ stay in the Cité Internationale des Arts, nationwide touring exhibitions and training in French. The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris residencies are made available by SANAVA.

All the top 10 finalists in the competition will attend a two-day art professionalism course in Johannesburg that will assist them in managing their careers. Each finalist will also be paired with a mentor who will work with them for a year.


Entry details

Artists must familiarise themselves with all the terms and conditions of the competition, to be found on the L’Atelier website: ​www.lateliercompetition.com

​The competition is open to self-taught or professionally trained artists aged 21 to 35 in Kenya. Artists participating in the competition must be resident​s​​ in the country in order to enter.

The entry forms are also located on the L’Atelier website, and can be completed from 15 January 2015 until 06 March 2015. Once the artists have completed their online entry form, they can either personally deliver or courier their artworks to ​the collection point, ​​KUONA TRUST. ​The collection point ​will be open from 02 to 06 March 2015. Artists need to ensure that the reference number assigned to each of their artwork entries is attached to the corresponding artwork. All collection points close at 4pm on 06 March 2015 and no late entries will be accepted.



Red Bull Music Academy Showcase at PAWA 254

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Red Bull Kenya will be hosting an International Red Bull Event called the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), the first of its kind in East Africa. This is an international Red Bull event that happens in over 100 countries globally.

The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. Two groups of 30 selected participants- producers, vocalists, DJ’s, instrumentalists and all round musical mavericks from around the world come together in a new city each year for 2 weeks worth of recording sessions, lectures by musical luminaries, collaborations and performances in the cities best clubs and music halls.

There will be local workshop sessions where RBMA will be introduced to the local scene, including a one day mini- academy featuring a lecture or workshop in the afternoon and a club event at night. We promote the next application phase of RBMA. In which case the next will be in Paris in November 2015. Deadline for the application process is the 3rd of March.

Last year , Blinky Bill from Just A Band qualified and represented Kenya. Consequently, from experience, he will be the featured artist. Some invited guests include Dj Creme De La Crème, Wanjira Longauer presenter at Capital FM, Anto Neo Soul, Gabu & Frasha from P-Unit, & Henry Derex Briggs Promoter & Entrepreneur. Other Kenyan artist, producers, vocalists, dj’s, instrumentalist & all round music maverricks are expected at the INVITE ONLY Event this afternoon.

APPLY for the RBMA