Columbia Global Centers Nairobi is in a culturally rich region with diverse languages, arts and traditional practices. We value the heritage around us and pride in sharing these diverse forms of expressions with the world while at the same time providing a forum for harnessing these skills by advancing / impacting knowledge through training and cultural diversity programs.
Creative and Liberal Arts
On June 14, 2018, Columbia Global Centers Nairobi hosted round two of “Beyond the Music” which previously launched in Nairobi in December 2017. The event took place in Tanzania and was overseen by Trevor Arnett, who in addition to being the Communications Officer in New York, is a talented Singer and artist.
On May 31st 2018 Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi, hosted a private screening on the short film 'Slow Down' by Folklore Films and Anto Neosoul. The film covers the story of redemption in the life of teenage boy who was brought up in an informal settlement or ghetto. The boy had big dreams but the circumstances of struggle and misfortune forced him to indulge in crime. The young boy whose football dreams and impoverished reality were inextricably intertwined, lead to a life of crime in the ghetto. He pays the ultimate price for seeking a way out of poverty.
On Friday, 25th May 2018, Columbia Global Centers hosted a full day conference on, "Re-thinking Sage Philosophy" this was organized in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi.
Book Launch - "African Muckraking - 75 Years of Investigative Journalism from Africa" by Prof Anya Schiffrin
On March 9th 2018, Prof.
‘Beyond the Music’, a much anticipated event at Columbia Global Centers - Nairobi, took place on December 5th 2017. The event was moderated by activist and writer – Mr. Kevin Mwachiro and the artists on the panel were Victoria Kimani, Kennedy Ombima (King Kaka), Antony Mwangi (Anto NeoSoul), Fena Gitu, Patricia Kihoro, and Judith Nyambura (Avril).
- In 1988 at the age of 34, he was named director of the same festival, and in his final year as head of the NYFF in 2012, he was on the committee that selected the Kenyan film Nairobi Half-Life for showing
- After retiring as NYFF director, Pena joined New York’s Columbia University as a professor of film studies.