There is always so much going on in East Africa that it is hard to capture it all. Look no further for this is the spot to visit to be up to date on all that is happening, and never miss an event again.
MARCH 1ST -THE MATER HOSPITAL FREE PROSTATE DISEASE EXAMINATION CAMP
The Mater Hospital will hold a free Prostate disease examination camp for those men aged 40 years and above on Saturday March 2014 within the hospital grounds. This will also give men a chance to learn more about prostate disease.
You do not want to miss out on this. Tell a friend to tell a friend, to come with a friend.
Where: The Matter Hospital
When: March 1st; 8:00am – 3:00pm
Tel: 020 6903000, 020 6903013 or 020 6903085
2 March - KILIMANJARO MARATHON
This is one of the most challenging – and exciting – sporting events in East Africa, taking place beneath the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you are over 21 years old and a professional – or aspiring professional – runner, the 42.2km full marathon is an unforgettable race to add to your accomplishments. For beginners, however, there’s the shorter 21.1km half marathon. And, if you’re not looking to compete, the 5km Fun Run is a great opportunity for you and your family to get out and exercise while taking in the spectacular scenery surrounding the mountain.
Having been registered as an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) event, the race, which has also been named the Best International Adventure Marathon by Forbes Magazine, has official marshalling, time keeping and refreshment points at regular intervals. This is also a qualifying race and, depending on how well you perform, you can participate in the Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons, two of the most famous races in South Africa.
Where: Kilimanjaro Tanzania
Tel: +27 11 702 2035+27 11 702 2035 / +27 72 927 7529+27 72 927 7529
8 – 9 March - NAIROBI FASHION MARKET
Whether you’re trendy and enjoy looking up the latest fashion styles or a shopaholic who loves great discounts, the Nairobi Fashion Market (NFM) Spring Edition is an event you need to attend. Now in its sixth edition, NFM has grown over the years to become a one-stop shop for everything fashionable – from interior decor, hair and nail products, skin products, kids’ toys, books and music to, of course, fashion.
Many of Kenya’s prominent designers will be displaying their latest wares, so expect colourful, one of a kind dresses and unique hand-made jewellery to add to your collection. For a look at what trends are being popularised this spring, be sure to catch the runway shows that will be happening throughout the two-day event. There will also be sumptuous food and drinks, and good music to entertain you as you move from stall to stall – with over 100 shops you won’t go home empty handed, so ensure you come out with friends for a good time.
Where: Ngong Racecourse
Tel: +254 020 238 6060+254 020 238 6060
13 -16 March LAMU YOGA FESTIVAL
Yoga, which has become incredibly popular throughout the world over the last two decades, is an ancient physical and mental exercise that’s a gateway to harmony and peaceful co-existence. With its tropical climate and miles of empty beaches, Lamu Island is fast emerging as a wellness destination and thus is the ideal location for a yoga festival – the first of its kind in East Africa. The festival brings together local and international practitioners who’ll get an opportunity to experience Yoga under the guidance of various teachers coming specifically for the event. “This unique festival blends Yoga and meditation with the general characteristics of Lamu Island. It is immersed in its people, culture, tradition and natural beauty,’’ said Monica Fauth, the Lamu Yoga Festival Chairperson. There will also be dhow races, workshops and a beach party with entertainment from exotic Lamu drummers and acrobats, so make your way to the island for some fun and relaxation.
Where: Lamu Island
14 March AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
For extreme sports enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, the African Rally Championship (ARC) is one to watch out for. Launched 33 years ago, this championship has been held widely across Africa with participants hailing from as far as Egypt and Madagascar.
The rally, which begins this month in Ivory Coast, has been divided into two regions: the south, which includes Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Malawi, and the north, with Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. The ARC participants will make their way to Kenya later this year for the Safari Rally, which has always been one of the most exciting and popular events of the competition. The championship is hosted by the International Federation of Automobiles (FIA) and runs until November, so be sure to catch a race in one of the eight countries hosting.
Where: Ivory Coast
Tel: + 254 20 445 3330+ 254 20 445 3330
15th MARCH JAMESON ST. PATRICK’S LIVE NAIROBI
JAMESON Irish Whiskey Kenya is proud to present the 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Live Party at the Carnivore Grounds with a world-class line-up of entertainers. Flying in especially for the night is renowned New York based Deejay, Producer and Entertainment personality-Dj Kid Capri.
DJ Kid Capri will be supported by DJ Milkshake from South Africa; a hip-hop guru riding the wave of stardom, as well as local turntable wonder DJ Andre and Maddtraxx.
You do not want to miss out on what promises to be an exceptional evening of the very best in Hip-Hop and electronic music. Party-goers will also get to revel in a complete Jameson experience with a host of innovative technology zones and bars. The Nairobi edition of Jameson St Patrick’s Live will perfectly capture the street party atmosphere of the authentic live St Patrick’s Day celebration held in Dublin, Ireland.
Tickets to the event will be available at Nakumatt outlets in Nairobi.
VIP tickets will go for KSh.5, 000. Gallery Tickets go for KSH 2,500.
Where: Carnivore Grounds Nairobi
28 - 29 March CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Graced by both local and international artistes, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is one not to be missed as it brings together fans from different backgrounds who share a love of the music. Headlining this year’s festival is the soulful and renowned songstress Erykah Badu. America’s Kenny Garret, Australian native Haitus Kaiyote and Mozambique’s Jaco Maria will join her, performing over the course of the two-night concert. The artistes will perform to a crowd of more than 34,000 attendees, proving that in just 15 years the event has grown to become one of Africa’s biggest concerts.
“After listening to our fans, we have a more exciting – and crowd pleasing – concert lined up this year,” said Rashid Lombard, CEO of espAfrika, the festival’s organiser. In all, over 40 artistes will perform and, to kick off the festival, fans will be treated to a free concert. In addition to shows, there will be on-going music workshops and sharing experiences throughout the two days, to encourage the growth of jazz music in Africa.
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Tel: +27 21 671 8716+27 21 671 8716 / +27 21 461 6764+27 21 461 6764
29 March FASHION FOR PEACE GALA
For the past six years, the Festival for African Fashion and Arts (FAFA) has brought together designers who embody and uphold ethical values within the African fashion industry. And, this month, FAFA has organised the Fashion for Peace Gala, which will feature a stellar lineup of both international and local designers, including London based Niku Singh, Galina Tatarinova, Deepa Dosaja and Aryam.
During the gala, you’ll be treated to a mouthwatering meal specially prepared by the Kitchens of Sarova, and fashion shows with surprise models – CEOs and athletic personalities – who’ll strut their stuff on the runway. After the main event, there will be an after party, and the next day you can attend the Creative Fashion Fair, an all-day event that focuses on children and teens. At the Fair, there will be a family peace run and creative workshops on everything from fashion design to painting, modeling, photography and story writing. Also, if you were particularly intrigued by anything you saw at the gala, the designers will be on the ground showcasing their collections for purchase. There will also be yoga and pranic healing exercises, so grab a ticket to enjoy this fun-filled fashion event.
Where: Nairobi Arboretum, Hurlingham.
Tel: +254 737 619 473+254 737 619 473
30 March DIAMOND JUBILEE CLASSICAL CONCERT
Kenya may have celebrated turning 50 this past December, but that didn’t mark the end of the festivities. This month, in the spirit of celebrating Kenya’s 50 years of Independence, there will be a Diamond Jubilee Classical Concert featuring the Oxford Philomusica, an orchestra based in London which collaborates with Oxford University’s Faculty of Music in educational programmes for the benefit of the students. Philomusica, which has also performed with an outstanding roster of famed artistes, includingVladmir Ashkenzy, Nigel Kennedy,Valery Gergiev, Lang Lang andMenahem Pressler, has secured aloyal and growing audience all over the United Kingdom.
The concert is a black tie event with guests coming from the corporate world, diplomatic community, the NGO sector and even some of Kenya’s politicians, giving you a chance to enjoy incredible entertainment as you mingle with the who’s who in Kenya.
Where: Nairobi, Kenya
14th February - FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK TATU'S VALENTINE MENU
Fairmont Norfolk is all set to sweep you off your feet. Norfolk’s signature restaurant, Tatu, is offering a special valentines menu - a 5-course aphrodisiac dinner for two, starters and dessert sharing. Pair this with a welcome glass of Pink Taittinger Champagne and you will have set the mood for an enchanting evening.
The menu consists of: grilled Morendat ribeye, grilled jumbo prawns, braised lamb cannelloni and grilled chops, among other tantalizing dishes.
Tempt your lover with lobster, asparagus, chilli and chocolates. You won’t help but relish each moment as these sublime creations tease your senses with their stimulating texture, flavour and enticing aromas @ KSH 5,900 per person.
Where: Fairmont The Norfolk's Tatu Restaurant
Tel: +245 20 2265000
14th February VALENTINE'S TO LOVE AT SANKARA
Deluxe dinner buffet, signature bottle of Dalla Cia wine and long- stemmed roses for the lady. For KSH. 5,000 per person
Sarabi pool & supperclub
Four-course tasting menu and dessert for two, bottle of G.H Mumm Brutt Rose champagne and long-stemmed roses for the lady. Smooth tunes from the acoustic band. For KSH. 10,000 per person
Check-in to our superior room and indulge in truffles, a 60 minute Angasa spa massage (valid for 6 month) and breakfast. For US$370 per couple
Enhance your sleepover in the junior suite. For US$ 520 per couple
Room package valid between 13th-16th February
Where: Sankara Hotel Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 420800
Mobile: +254 703028000
14th February CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF LOVE AT WASINI ALL SUITE HOTEL
Savour a romantic dinner for two at the Wasanii All Suite Hotel this valentines with your loved one. Be treated to an intimate welcome cocktail, roses and chocolate to kick start your evening.
while you revel in the relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere, you will enjoy a specially prepared three course dinner for two at only KHS 2,500 per couple.
where: Wasanii All Suite Hotel
Kolobot drive off Aboretum Road
Tel: 020 232 1932/3 ; 0738 321392
15th February- THE STORY OF BEADS IN AFRICA
Do you know what a trade bead is, where they come from, how they are made and what they are worth? Do you know the origin of real amber and how to tell if it is the right thing?
If you are a lover of beaded jewelry and art, come find out the answers to this questions and many more at a fascinating and educative talk on “The Story of Beads in Africa” by Rhodia Mann.
The talk begins at 4.00pm
Donation: 400 KMS member
KHS. 500 Guest
KSH. 200 Students
Where: Nairobi National Museum, Louis Leakey Auditorium
Tel: 0724 255299, 2339158
13 - 16February SAUTI ZA BUSARA FESTIVAL
Africa’s most entertaining festival, Sauti za Busara,which is now in its 11th year, has in the past been graced by international artistes such N’Faly from Guinea, Nathalie Natiembe from Zimbabwe and the Owiny Sigoma, a Swedish-Senegalese band. Themed the “Friendliest Festival on Earth”, this year will feature more than 30 African and international acts, including Ebo Taylor from Germany, Puerto Rican based Majestad Negra and Ricky na Marafirki from Kenya, all promising to deliver electrifying performances.
After dancing your heart out, as you take a breather, you can enjoy African-themed documentaries and music videos showcasing different cultures from all over the continent. There will also be a bazaar, where revellers can buy food and refreshments, and handicrafts from Zanzibar and henna tattooing in the Swahili tradition. Of course, this is also a great time to enjoy the historic sites Stone Town has to offer, so there will be guided tours and dhow races for your entertainment, not to mention the open mic sessions and after-parties. Basically, you’ll struggle to fit it all in during this incredible, four-day festival!
Tel: +255 773 822 294
14th February VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL EVENTS
At Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club,"Where Love Resides" is the theme of the day and you'll enjoy horseback riding, a helicopter trip to the famous Lake Alice where Prince William proposed to Kate for a picnic, and a personal chef and butler. At Fairmount Mara Safari Club you can enjoy thrilling game drives over vast landscapes, a hot air balloon safari, a bush breakfast and dinner served on your own private deck. Fairmount the Norfolk's Tatu restaurant brings you the Special Romance Pacakge, which entails a welcome glass of Pink Taittinger Champagne and a five-course aphrodisiac dinner for two.
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
This year's theme is "A Valentine's Day to Remember," and, true to their word, Sarova is offering a romantic breakfast right on the white sandy beach, giving you a front row seat to a spectacular sunrise. You can also enjoy your dinner al fresco, stargazing as you watch the waves crash along the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Ole Sereni Hotel
Over the Valentine's weekend, you'll enjoy the services of a personal butler and candlelit five-course meals by the poolside or terrace that overlooks the breathtaking plains of Nairobi National Park as a live band serenades you and your partner.
15 February X-TREME EXPO 2014
If you are a gadgets, games and equipment lover or get thrilled by outdoor activities, then you’ll be right at home at the X-Treme Expo, a one-of-a-kind fair that promises to be a treat. During the event, you’ll get to try out some of the latest gaming equipment like computers, the Xbox one and the Playstation 4. On the other hand, for those of you who prefer to have your fun outdoors, there’ll be the latest bikes, backpacks, waist packs, hiking boots, cameras and hammocks for you to try out. There will also be a fully serviced and supervised play area available throughout the event, so make it a family event by bringing the kids along. No fair is complete without music, so expect a live band to keep you entertained and, of course, cool drinks and finger-licking good food.
Where: Mamba Village, Langata
Tel: +254 724 597 770 / +254 733 597 770
20 February - 3 March KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE
For all of those who made New Year’s Resolutions to get fit, come test your progress at the Kilimanjaro Challenge, a feat of endurance featuring mountain climbing, biking and marathon skills. First, you’ll do a six-day hike to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and back – the only third of this unique event’s take on the triathlon that’s not raced. Next, you’ll compete in a two-day bike race along dusty, bumpy forest trails at the base of the mountain and then wrap things up with the Kilimanjaro Marathon. The person with the best times from the biking and marathon portion of the race will be declared this year’s Kiliman, an exclusive title due to how challenging this race is. For those who aren’t quite up to the arduous task of the full event, you can enter each segment separately or compete in the team event. Of course, the Kilimanjaro Challenge isn’t all about testing your endurance – all the proceeds go towards building a home for 100 deaf, blind and physically disabled children in Awasi, Kenya.
Where: Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Tel: +255 272 751 318
Tuesday 4th February - ALIGN & SHINE KENYA
The Align and Shine Kenya is a Yoga event that helps you get in touch with your body, mind and spirit. This years event will be held at the Anusara elements Yoga workshop this coming Tuesday.
This yoga session is aimed at building one's stability to find freedom in the body.
All yoga novices and experts are welcome.
Where: Karen Surgery Studio;
Time: 17:30pm -19:00pm
333 Ngong Road,
Saturday 1 February 2014 - CONSERVING AFRICAN ELEPHANTS THROUGH-WALKING & TALKING
Are you a conservation enthusiast? Do you love elephants? Does ivory poaching worry you?
Join us for an interactive, informative and what should be a captivating talk by Jim Nyamu.
Jim is the founder and director of Elephant Neighbors Center (ENC), an NGO that aims to promote peaceful co-existence between elephants and communities, with a mission to protect African elephants and secure their landscape outside protected areas.
We hope that his experience and findings on poaching and the illegal ivory trade and their adverse effects on wildlife will leave you wanting to join in this worthy cause of saving the largest land mammals on earth.
Jim will also launch his 2014 campaign plan on the ‘Ivory Belongs to Elephants’ walks.
Donation: Ksh. 400 KMS Member
Ksh. 500 Guest
Ksh. 200 Citizen & student
Where: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Telephone: 0724 255299, 2339158
29 January – 7 February BIKE FOR AFRICA
Bike for Africa is an initiative of Brussels Airline’s Social Responsibility Programme, through its b.foundation. The purpose of the event is to bring people together; in a biking trip across Africa’s countryside while raising money for a good cause. This year’s event will see participants walk (or rather “bike”) in the footsteps of Sir Henry Morton Stanley (in his search for the missing missionary and explorer David Livingstone) and Winston Churchill. The route will start in Jinja and onwards to the Murchison Falls National Park.
The 2014 edition is set to raise €100.000 for humanitarian projects. Part of this sum will go to one of the b.foundation projects in Uganda, CoRSU or Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda.
30 January - 6 February NAIROBI RESTAURANT WEEK
Created in New York 22 years ago, Restaurant Week – an event that encourages dining out – has finally found its way to Kenya. During this inaugural instalment, in the spirit of celebrating our Jubilee year, the Nairobi Restaurant Week (NRW) is offering you a chance to be among the first to enjoy cuisine from the 50 best restaurants in town, including Sankara Hotel’s Muhibbah, Sarova Stanley’s Thai Chi Restaurant and the Tribe’s Jiko. With set prices and menus offering up deals that would be unheard of throughout the rest of the year, this is a great opportunity to try out all those delicious restaurants you’ve always wanted to visit. If you love food and going out for dinner, this is a unique, global affair that you shouldn’t miss.
Where: Karura Forest
Tel: +254 721 370 662 / +254 711 222 222
25 – 31 January BRYAN ADAMS BAREBONES TOUR
Legendary musician Bryan Adams – known for his emotional ballads and catchy rock tunes that appeal to audiences of all ages – will provide his fans with a rare opportunity to see him perform in what promises to be four show-stopping performances in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban. Known for hits such as “Summer of 69”, “All For Love” and “Please Forgive Me”, Adams will be performing all his hits live in a unique, unplugged performance.
For the past three decades, the artiste has entertained millions of fans around the world while making music history – he was the first musician whose song topped the charts in over 40 countries around the world with the ever popular “Everything I Do, I Do It For You”, which still rocks the airwaves.
Where: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban, South Africa
25th January STORYMOJA CELEBRATES MG VASSANJI
For readers and literature enthusiasts, this is not an opportunity you want to pass up. The StoryMoja family will be celebrating Kenyan born novelist Moyes Vassanji, who has written captivating books such as The In-Between World of Vikram Lall and The Assassin’s Song. The author also has two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India and a biography of Modecai Richler. The event provides you with a chance to learn and appreciate Vassanji’s work. So be sure to make a date with the author who’ll give writing workshops and, to cap it all up, will have a story telling session.
Where: Michael Joseph Centre
19 January JOHNNY CLEGG IN CONCERT AT KRISTENBOSCH
Johnny Clegg had once been an aspiring anthropologist but after discovering music, his true calling, he became a composer whose songs turned into instant hits the world over. When he steps on stage, Clegg gives electric performances that have everyone in the audience on their feet – even the late South African President Nelson Mandela once joined him on stage as he sang “Asimbonanga”, a tribute that was purposely written for the former Head of State during Apartheid. With bands Juluka and Savuka, Clegg has produced two platinum and five gold albums, successes that have made him a music icon across the globe. This month, fans have the opportunity to see the energetic musician on stage in Cape Town, South Africa, where he promises to put on a thrilling show.
Where: Kristenbosch, Concert Lawn
17 January CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF AFRICA
Malindi Casino offers you a unique chance in this three-week event, themed “Celebrating the Spirit of Africa”, to see works by celebrated artiste Anthony Russell, renowned American photographer Chris Dei and internationally acclaimed wildlife artist Alexandra Sipratos. This is a celebration of African art that gives you an opportunity to find intricate pieces for your home and office, or gifts for loved ones, while enjoying the sandy beaches of this coastal town as the venue is just by the beach.
Where: Malindi Casino
Tell: +254 722 703 264
12-13 January THE QUEEN’S BUTTON IN KENYA
The Queen’s button, the Commonwealth Games’ equivalent of the Olympic Flame, will be making its way into the country this month in an event that’ll be commemorative of the unity of the commonwealth nations. The button carries Queen Elizabeth’s message, which will be read during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow. The Games promise to be the most memorable so far as over 6,500 athletes from 70 countries are set to compete in various sporting events. During the parade of the button in Kenya, guests will be entertained by adult and children’s relay races, so make it a family event and bring your children for some fun in the breathtaking Karura forest.
Where: Karura Forest
2 - 10 January TÉMOIN, ART EXHIBITION
If you are an art lover then the Témoin art exhibition is one not to be missed. Initiated by the South African Goethe Institute and Simon Jami alongside international artists such as Sammy Baloji (DRC), Calvin Dondo (Zimbabwe), Sabelo Mlangeni (SA), Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria), Monique Pelser (SA) and Michael Segaye (Ethiopia), the exhibition reflects our constantly shifting history, inherent cultures and the social issues within our continent. Make a date with these African giants of photography to learn a thing or two about the art as you enjoy some of their masterpieces.
Where: Goethe Institute, Auditorium
30th October 2013 JAMESON IRISH WHISKEY
The unveiling party of the new Jameson Brand Ambassador is happening tonight.
When: Wednesday 30th October, 2013
Where: Aqua Blu Lounge, Westlands
Time: 8pm onwards
2nd November MINI STORYMOJA HAY FESTIVAL
Mini Storymoja Hay Festival happening on 2nd November 2013 at the Nairobi National Museum.
Storymoja Hay Festival 2013 season pass are still valid.
19th OCTOBER NAIVASHA FASHION WEEKEND
‘Wild at Heart’ is this year’s theme at the Naivasha Fashion Weekend, which will take place at Enashipai Resort & Spa.
Courtesy of The East Africa Women’s League, this is the event’s second edition and is sure to build upon last year’s success, with proceeds raised from the fashion exhibition going to charities based in Naivasha. Some of the designers showcasing their lines this year include Agnes Nagura of Nesra Apparels, Ann Mpinga of Kipusa and Nick Ondu of Ankara Vintage. There will be deals, the best of local designers and entertainment from June Gachui and Chris Bittok - not to mention DJ Adrian on the decks at the after party.
When: October 19, 2013
Where: Enashipai Resort & Spa, Naivasha
Tel: +254 0202072943/ +254 737 619 473
28 September THE FINE WINE SHOW 2013
How well do you know your wines? The Fine Wine Show is an event that has over the years made wine enthusiasts into connoisseurs – or at least taught them enough to fake it! Last year’s show had a total of 85 wines with divine food, and this year’s promises to make you feel like you’re strolling through vineyards with lush grape- bearing vines as you sample the best wines from the world over.
The event features 90 award winning wines and, like any other world-class wine tasting event, there will be cheeses, fruits and chocolates to pair them with, not to mention your very own crystal glass that’s yours to keep. There will be plenty to eat and lots of entertainment so bring your friends and make it more memorable. The night’s proceeds will go to the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA) that rescues abandoned or strayed pets roaming the streets of Nairobi.
Where: Southern Sun Mayfair, Nairobi
Tel: +254 710 607 342 / +254 716 555 118
19 - 22 September STORYMOJA HAY FESTIVAL
If you are a writer, an aspiring writer, an artiste or love good storytelling, then the Storymoja Hay Festival is a must-attend.
The festival is Kenya’s premier literary event that celebrates different cultures through storytelling, books, live discussion forums, workshops, debates, performances, competitions and music. An exciting mix of local and international writers and artistes will be present at the festival, which promises to be interactive with sizzling discussions and entertainment.
With a theme of ‘Many Stories, One World’, come and rub shoulders with the best and brightest from Kenya and abroad in the four-day event. Of course, there will also be mouth-watering food and drinks to tantalise your taste buds.
Where: Nairobi National Museum
Tel: +254 721 308 485 / +254 733 296 142
27 September PIMM’S AND PAMPER
What’s better than a bit of pampering? Having some Pimm’s on the side. Pimm’s and Pamper is an event where, for a whole afternoon, you’ll laze around in a lush, green and serene environment while getting your nails done, a head massage and reflexology treatment, all while enjoying a tall glass of your favourite drink.
The event, courtesy of the Karen Vineyard Church, will also include stalls where you can buy clothes, jewellery, artwork and children’s things.
Chefs from Talisman Restaurant will be at hand to serve you their most scrumptious dishes, and to make the event more fun-filled be sure to bring some friends. All proceeds from the afternoon will go to Heshima Children’s Center, an organisation dedicated to bettering the lives of disabled children and their mothers.
Where: Talisman Restaurant, Karen
20 - 22 September OKTOBERFEST
Oktoberfest is a Bavarian beer festival that brings people from all walks of life together to enjoy fun filled days of beer drinking.
The Kenyan edition, which promises to be bigger and better than previous installments, will have nine premium draft beers from The Big Five Breweries and over 20 different beers from East Africa and around the world. A total of 20 local groups will compete in the Battle of the Rock Bands, with more entertainment coming from
Kenya’s very own Wyre, Kidum, Eric Wainaina, Redsun, Victoria Kimani and Sauti Sol, not to mention DJ Protégé, DJ Alfa and Electriq DJs on the decks. Jazz enthusiasts will also enjoy soothing sounds from the Different Faces Jazz Band and Denise Gordon. Renowned Kenyan chefs will battle it out on the grills for the Oktoberfest
Chopped Champion and there will be sumptuous meals from various cuisines at the food courts. There will also be eating competitions, beer game challenges and, of course, Happy Hour. Make it a family affair by bringing the kids along as there will be an exciting kids’ zone cruise.
Where: Impala Rugby Grounds, Nairobi
20 - 22 September SAFARICOM SEVENS
Africa’s premier rugby tournament, Safaricom Sevens, is back and promises to be as exciting as always. The two-day tournament, which attracts more than 20,000 fans, brings together the local Sevens Circuit and some of the world’s best national teams, all competing for the Robin Cahill trophy and other subsidiary tournaments.
This is one of the highlights of the IRB Sevens yearly circuit and undoubtedly one of Kenya’s most exciting sporting events. Making this year even more interesting, Kenya is coming off a brilliant showing at the IRB Sevens World Cup, which was unfortunately cut short by England in the semi-finals.
Come out and support our national team on their home turf as they square off with many of the same players.
Where: Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani
20 - 22 September BAYIMBA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS
Now in its sixth year, the Bayimba International Festival of Arts is an event put together to celebrate Uganda’s finest creative works.
The festival, which takes place every third week of September, is a celebration of painting, sculpture, illustration, handicrafts, dance, film and theatre by upcoming and established artistes from around the world.It also commemorates East African musicians, DJs and VJs.
The event started with roughly 100 artistes participating in 2008 but has grown over the years so that last year there were over 50,000 revellers. The organiser, the Bayimba Cultural Foundation, is working to instill the value of art and culture in East Africa and, ultimately, across the globe.
The foundation seeks to display a creative, viable, professional and vibrant arts and culture sector to promote the economic development of Uganda and the region as a whole.
Where: Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 591 670
9 September – 17 October IMAX FILM FESTIVAL
One of the most thrilling film experiences available today is viewing the latest blockbusters in IMAX, and in celebration of that 20th Century Cinemas is treating you to a five-week film festival to remember.
On the (very) big screen will be some of the latest films from Hollywood as well as a few you might have missed, including Elysium, The Mortal Instruments, World War Z, Pacific Rim, Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Fast & Furious 6 and Metallica.Also showing will be a selection of some of the most incredible documentaries formatted for IMAX.
Even better, throughout the festival 20th Century is offering viewers discounted ticket prices – though be sure to grab your tickets early as space is limited.
Where: IMAX 20th Century, Nairobi
8 September JOMBA – CONTEMPORARAY DANCE EXPERIENCE
The Centre for Creative Arts and the University of KwaZulu-Natal have once again come together for the 15th annual JOMBA, the renowned contemporary dance experience.
The festival has garnered attention for its delightful blend of local and international dance theatre, which is unrivalled by any other across the globe.
And, in addition to this being the first time that JOMBA is hosting an American based company, Deeply Rooted Dance theatre from Chicago, they are also giving free dance workshops.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic or an avid participant, this event is your chance to enjoy a mix of international dancers from Holland, Switzerland and Portugal, who will of course be joined by South Africa’s best JOMBA dancers.
Where: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre,
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Tel: +27 31 260 2506
31 August JAZZ UNDER THE STARS
This August treat your ears to sensational jazz sounds at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club.
Happening on Aug. 31 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, the event will feature performances from Phil Denny, Aaron Rimbui and The Quartet, Brian Mugenyi and the National Youth Orchestra.
Tickets available at Windsor, ticket sasa.com & eventbrite.com
Tickets also available at the event
August and September ANTHONY RUSSELL AND SOPHIE STANDING EXHIBITION
Are you an art lover? Make time to attend the Anthony Russell and Sophie Standing exhibition taking place in Nairobi.
Already well known internationally, Sophie and Anthony have put together a limited edition of fabulous art in Kenya.
An ongoing exhibition from Friday Aug. 9,2013.
August: Lisa Christoferson Gallery
September: Lord Errol Restaurant
For more about the artists, visit www.anthonyrussellart.com and www.sophiestandingart.com
Every Sunday LE PALANKA FAMILY FUN DAY
The Le Palanka Hotel in Nairobi invites you to a family fun day this and every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. The Parisian based fine dining African hotel opened its doors in Nairobi this year and is located along James Gichuru Road.
For details call +254 737 444 440
22-24 August STANDARD BANK JOY OF JAZZ
South Africa is synonymous to Jazz music, thanks to the likes of Hugh Masekhela.
This time, jazz maestro Abdullah Ibrahim, known for his mastery of the piano and horn, joins Grammy Award winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard and celebrated pianist Ahmad Jamal in yet another fantastic lineup at the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, which runs in South Africa’s city of Johannesburg. The festival brings a unique mix of Jazz artists including the Peter Auret Trio, the accomplished Carmen Lundy Quartet, Peter White and Donald Harrison; known for their excellence in the world of jazz music.
Prepare to be at the edge of your seats as you inhale the soothing sounds of instruments. Organisers have catered for all tastes so festival goers will be spoilt for choice.
Where: Newtown Precinct, Johannesburg
9 August PREMIER SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS
It’s time to be rewarded for using the social networking sites. The platform has gone a notch higher with the launch of the OLX Social Media Awards. Kenyans being a tech-savvy people, their social networking trends will be rewarded in a high-profile event that will see celebrities, media personalities and companies win cash and other prizes for using Facebook , Twitter and blogging.
The awards launch is the first of its kind in the country. OLX, the leading online market place in collaboration with the awards organizers launched the awards last month via Twitter and Facebook in a move that was witnessed by thousands of social media users. This is certainly a battle of the titans pitting celebrities against each other, media personalities, corporate organisations and individual users. If you are ardent facebooker or tweep, cross your fingers; your online activities could just land you cash, hi-tech electronics and a raft of other unique prizes. OLX will give Ksh100,000 to the Most influential Facebook personality.
Businesses too will be recognized with the best online advertising agencies walking away with KSH250,000. Adrenaline will run high as government agencies, businesses and individuals’ battle for the awards which come in the following categories: Social Media News Channel of the Year, Social Media Personality of the year, Social Media Corporate Award of the year, Social Media Agency of the year, Social Media Innovation of the year and Best Use of Social Media.
Where: Laico Regency, Nairobi
Tel: Contact Martin +254 715 510 797/ +254 727 595 266
5-11 August AUGUST FESTIVAL AT OCEAN SPORTS
This August, treat your kids to a flurry of fun activities that will have them captivated throughout. Get them on a trip to the dazzling Ocean Sports Resort in Watamu for a weeklong fanfare. There will be something sporty happening everyday including a tennis tournament for kids, boogie boarding contest, hockey and squash and a helluva of other fun games.
The event promises to be an entertainment galore for all age groups including an afternoon film for kids, darts competition with prizes and quiz nights. Night revelers have also been considered as they will dance the night away to Reggae, Rock n Roll and late night Discos, including live Music.
Mouth-watering dishes will be the order of each day including savoring BBQs, fine dining, a foodie’s delight dinner that comes with 4 delicious courses prepared by a French chef. As part of the food galore, visitors will also be treated to an amazing seafood buffet. Food is one way of exciting children and this event promises an all-you-can-eat spree for kids including hotdogs & gooey chocolate brownies for the kids, gourmet burgers & bubbles, a yummy chocolate fountain and sweet and savoury pancakes.
Isn’t it nice to be a kid? For the whole of August, kids under 5 years stay for free; the more reason you need to tag them along.
To crown it all, a foodies market will be set up on the last day, allowing you to buy everything homemade; fresh, organic and delicious foods.
Where: Ocean Sports Resort Watamu
23 July-3 August BIG HILLS KIDS HOLIDAY CAMP
Bring out the best in your child during the upcoming holidays. Instead of just keeping your kids at home, let them indulge in an outdoor adventure holiday camp courtesy of Big Hill, an initiative of Pembroke House Preparatory School.
Giving your child a chance to gain confidence through experience, developing new skills, challenging themselves through adventure and realizing their abilities is what the 12 days camping experience is all about. Besides, this is a chance to mingle with new friends and make merry. This outdoor adventure camp is open to children from all schools and incorporates an array of awesome activities that will make your kid wish the holidays were extended. For adventure, activities include outdoor survival skills, challenge courses, shelter building and adventure walks. Every kid’s dream is to outshine their peers by showing their creative side and during this event, children will engage in different art techniques and media, from drawing to painting to pottery. There will also be a series of educational dramas where children will learn about a chosen topic through imagination and improvisation.
No camping experience can be complete without sports. Kids will indulge in football, kwik, cricket, tennis and swimming, giving each child an opportunity to learn new skills. Last year, the school held its maiden camp which was a huge success and this year, hopes are high for a bigger and better event.
Where: Pembroke House School, Gilgil, Kenya
Tel: +254 721 924 020