You can be part of the transformation
For 15 years The Godown has served as a home, workplace, meeting place and address for artists, and has contributed to their stability, legitimacy, visibility and creative confidence. The strength of The GoDown as one of Kenya’s leading centres for arts and culture lies in its diverse programming: the training and development of artists, alongside sector impacting events such as the East Africa Arts Summit, the Creative Entrepreneurship and Copyright courses, and local events such as Dunda Mtaani, Nai Ni Who and The GoDown Gig. Now The GoDown plans to transform itself into one of East Africa’s leading contemporary arts complexes, and to significantly expand its role as an open, accessible community space for Kenyans. The GoDown is reaching out to you to join this journey of transformation. It is historic and exciting. Do you want to be part of the transformation?
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Phase 1: Me & You. Where are we now? The GoDown has already raised USD 1 million which is half the amount for phase 1. This was done over a period of 10 years. What is the target? To raise the remaining USD 1 million now. What does it take? At least 200,000 people mobilized to give an average of Ksh 500. What’s next? With the target met, our proven commitment will give us the power to invite matches from corporates, international partners, social entrepreneurs and government.
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a 15-year timeline
FINDING A HOME
In a dilapidated warehouse on the edge of the industrial area in Nairobi, Kenyan creativity finds a new home.
ARTIST TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
The GoDown embarks on a goal to facilitate the development of the arts and artists.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS
In the young multidisciplinary arts centre, diverse artists find affordable spaces and opportunities to build their careers.
DELIVERING ENRICHING PROGRAMS
The GoDown becomes a venue where talented local artists show the best of themselves.
A SPACE FOR ALL AUDIENCES
Equally, it is a space for all kinds of audiences – students, Nairobi residents and international visitors.
BRIDGING COMMUNITY AND CREATIVITY
A turning point in the GoDown’s relationship with the city of Nairobi begins as it partners with community-based groups.
NURTURING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY
The GoDown also forges networks regionally and globally, convening and hosting arts conference & summits, and its impact grows.
As it leads discourses on Kenya’s creative economy, The GoDown establishes training programs in creative entrepreneurship and copyright.
FORGING A SEMINAL PARTNERSHIP
The architectural firm White from Sweden and The GoDown form a unique partnership to contribute to making a better Nairobi and a better GoDown.
WHO IS NAIROBI?
The question of identity and belonging in Nairobi is the background against which White and The GoDown explore the role of arts and culture in sustainable urban development.
The GoDown’s festival Nai Ni Who provides a framework for the city’s diverse neighbourhoods to discover and celebrate its cultural heritage.
The GoDown actively participates in Nairobi’s Integrated Urban Masterplan process, led by the city’s urban planning department.
Through a collaborative and inclusive approach The GoDown and White drive the steady journey towards a new vision for the GoDown, and subsequently, Nairobi.
MERGING LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERTISE
Local expertise is provided all along by the architectural firm Planning Services Systems, in a partnership that blends international and local best practice and knowledge.
THE FUTURE GODOWN
The concept for a New GoDown Arts Centre, an exciting vision that emphasizes support, ownership and inputs from multiple stakeholders, is fleshed out.