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.
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