Safari Ya Sanaa Mombasa 2019

They had never seen the ocean before. With his phone and pair of shoes held above the shoulder high water, they took a dip with all his clothes on. Jara could not wait any longer to taste if the ocean is actually salty. His friends Mutahi and Harrison had to rush in just in case, because he did not know how to swim.Haha “Food id for the weak “(We apologise for the inside joke)

After Voi town in 2018, Safari ya Sanaa was headed full throttle to Mombasa town, rail and road alike. Artists from other parts of the country and one from the neighbouring Tanzania were joining artists in Mombasa to make it happen. The travelling artists had an apartment to stay in together just like the family they already were. The exhibition was opened and artwork beautifully displayed. Oh the beauty! Night fell and the auction was set. Artists put forward their best pieces to the fascination of those who attended. Artists got a chance to interact with the media and take interviews. The next day was kids day and no kidding, they are the best! All the color you can imagine was all over. They received gifts and the looks on their faces, priceless. The next day was an artists interaction day and the last day. Artists got a chance to talk and give suggestions for the next town to conquer. The exhibition was over with sales and connections being made.The coastal accent was picked too. The event had an objective of bringing together artists from across the country and giving them a platform to showcase their talents, make connections and even sell their artwork.

It also seeked to introduce and help the community understand art as a product.The event had a huge impact since there were artists who were exhibiting for the very first time and some, second. Artists also managed to make some sales and financial connections which helps improve they living standards and motivates them to keep working. Its amazing to see people grow in spaces in which they are most passionate. The kids program helped most parents bond with their ever lovely young ones and the kids also got to explore their talents. Some schools managed to bring students for mentorship and some even found subjects for their projects. The venue, which was at Alliance Francaise, became a point of connection between the community in Nyali and the artists. It came about beautifully. A special thank you to the Host Mr Vincent, Alliance Francaise and team, Events Qamili for their help, Shikara Limited for their support , Aryuv Agencies for their incredible prizes for the kids and  finally the Mombasa family for supporting our course.

Till next time “sobs”.

Karen Exhibition March 2019- MyTribeIsArt

The artist, too excited to show the world their very souls. The art lover, too eager to wait. A perfect combination for an exhibition. Safari Ya Sanaa was just a month and half away. Eternity. Out of this, a mini exhibition was born to showcase the artists who would take part in the Nyali Mombasa edition and to give a sneak peak of the pieces to be showcased. The venue was Karen Art Village. The drive there sets the tone for the mind to be blown away by the artwork upon arrival. Road and forest. The exhibition ran for five days. At the same time, artwork for the main exhibition were collected at the same venue. Artists got to meet up for the first time, forming friendships and familiarising with each other before main exhibition. The exhibition ended successfully and the Safari was finally set out for Mombasa. On the background, the huge white fans atop the undulating Ngong hills spin gracefully as if to say goodbye.


Dancing Savanna 2018

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We branched off the busy Nairobi Mombasa highway and on we drove through the dusty roads to a small paradise up in the Mbulia ranches. From Voi town it is a 45 minutes’ drive to this hidden treasure,a rugged rural farm transformed to “bustani ya sanaa”.The day was kind with moderate sun but windy which was enough anyway. Drums were set around flames to tighten the skin made structures – and I would say warm the sounds
for the day.

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Voi Arts Festival

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Saturday, February 17th, 2018 was the date!
A date that the little beautiful dusty town of Voi and her people will certainly remember. This was the first time an art event was held in the town.

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