23rd EU Film Festival Blends Tradition and Innovation

The 23rd annual European Film Festival premieres on Tuesday, May 13 at Alliance Francaise featuring nearly new films from 14 of the 28 European Union-member countries and two members of the ACP (Africa-Caribbean-Pacific) states, namely Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Including 20 critically acclaimed feature films in all, the Festival will continue its…

Kenyan filmmaker says she’s a natural storyteller

Kenyan filmmaker says she’s a natural storyteller Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu has won top awards at the annual Cannes Film Festival — which opens next month on the French Riveria— for Pumzi, her 24-minute film that critics has called science fiction. Yet Ms Kahiu never intended to write a sci-fi story. “My motivation was mainly…

Lionel Richie Garang’ at Kuona Trust

From a matatu artist to a mask sculptor L.R. Garang’s mother loved Lionel Richie, the former lead singer of The Commodores, that she named her first born song after him – Lionel Richie Garang. He did not rise to follow in the steps of the man he was named after. Today L.R is making a…

Portraits of many Kenyan Artists by Dale Webster

Portraits reveal wealth of talent in Kenya’s vibrant art world Dale Webster has been painting and drawing practically all his life, although professionally he’s been a philosopher, art historian and university lecturer up until he came to Kenya four years ago with a mind to finally pursue his real passion — portrait painting. That passion…

Colourist Mary Collis find inspiration in her garden

Artist who draws inspiration from her home garden “All the orchids I have are indigenous to Kenya, and they are beautiful.” Alan and Mary Collis moved into their home in Loresho in 1976. The home, which sits on a 2.5 acre plot, came with an unkempt, overgrown garden which ended at Mathare River. Soon Alan…