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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TRANSFORMATION!
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The Goal

phase 1: me & you. where are we now? tHE goDown has already raised usd 1million which is half the amount for phase 1. this was done over a period of 10years. what is the target? to raise the remaining usd 1million now.  what does it take? at least 200,000 people mobilised 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.  

Be a godown transfoma

Become a GoDown transformer by inviting your personal network of colleagues, friends and family to give to the GoDown Campaign.

Be Part of the Transformation : Zawadi Nyong’o

Art has a very important role to play in healing. Zawadi Nyong’o makes an appeal...

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Wow! Looking forward to that ~ Sippy Chadha

Be Part of the Transformation : Suzanna Owiyo

Suzzana appealing to us all to make sure that we’re a part of this big...

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Fantastic!!! #MajorTransformation #GoDownTransformation  ~ Judy Ogana

Be Part of the Transformation : Mutua Matheka

“We cannot underestimate the importance of a place for people to be free to try...

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Where will this be located? The concept reminds me of the Dongdaemun Centre in Seoul,...

Be Part of the Transformation : Anto Neosoul

Buildings are a sign a power. Respect. People within the arts deserve a space that...

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Best transformation ever can’t wait ~ Sirleem Senior

Be Part of the Transformation : Muzikal Sheriff

The presence of art spaces is vital to the growth of artists & the new...

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Kuja uone our home how beautiful it will look like. GoDown Arts Centre noted don’t...

Be Part of the Transformation : Anyiko Owoko

“This makes me very proud to be Kenyan and to be working in this industry.”,...

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This will be a master piece, a world class Art Centre.. lets keep donating to...

Be Part of the Transformation : H_Art The Band

H_ART the BAND are excited about the transformation! Asanteni Hart the Band! Let’s join their...

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Such an amazing platform will help achieve so many dreams out there. – Sheshi de...

Be Part of the Transformation: Jackie Nyaminde

Jackie Nyaminde AKA Wilbroda is part of the transformation. She urges us all to give...

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I’ve enjoyed several perfomances at GoDown Arts Centre.lazima nichange. ~ Kogo J Kogo

Be Part of the Transformation : Nameless

Nameless is very excited about the new GoDown. “When I’m at the GoDown I feed...

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This looks AMAZING! ~ @JustWacuka

Be Part of the Transformation : Jua Cali

Check out hii appeal ya Jua Cali akisema hii GoDown Transformation ni yetu, ni yako,...

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This idea will really open doors for alot of people not only artist but also...

Be Part of the Transformation : Fundi Frank

The time is right for this new vision because it will help Kenyan creatives stay...

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This is will be super beautiful. ~ Mercy Joseph

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Count me in. ~ Benjamin Raskiplangat

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#godowntransforms mbele iko sawa. ~ Vincent Opetu

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I believe this will be the apex of Kenyan art whether visual or performed. ~...

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“Stunning and visionary” – Elsbeth Court

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#godowntransformation very happy about the transformation to create a better place for the young upcoming...

The Journey

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

    ARTIST TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

    The GoDown embarks on a goal to facilitate the development  of the arts and artists.

  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS

    In the young multidisciplinary arts centre, diverse artists find affordable spaces and opportunities to build their careers.

  • DELIVERING ENRICHING PROGRAMS

    DELIVERING ENRICHING PROGRAMS

    The GoDown becomes a venue where talented local artists show the best of themselves.

  • A SPACE FOR ALL AUDIENCES

    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

    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

    NURTURING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

    The GoDown also forges networks regionally and globally, convening and hosting arts conference & summits, and its impact grows.  

  • WIDENING NETWORKS

    WIDENING NETWORKS

    As it leads discourses on Kenya’s creative economy, The GoDown establishes training programs in creative entrepreneurship and copyright.

  • FORGING A SEMINAL PARTNERSHIP

    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.

  • NAIROBI IDENTITY

    NAIROBI IDENTITY

    The GoDown’s festival Nai Ni Who provides a framework for the city’s diverse neighbourhoods to discover and celebrate its cultural heritage.

  • CITY HISTORY

    CITY HISTORY

    The GoDown actively participates in Nairobi’s Integrated Urban Masterplan process, led by the city’s urban planning department.

  • WIDE COLLABORATION

    WIDE COLLABORATION

    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

    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 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.

Ask Us

If you have any questions or comments about the GoDown and its campaign, please drop us a message

The GoDown Arts Centre

Address

Industrial Area,
Nairobi P.O. Box 27772 – 00506

 

Cell Phone

+254 726 992 200

Email

transformation@thegodownartscentre.com