The Arts Canvas™ stages performances, makes documentaries, and offers workshops.

The company (a non-profit) creates process-oriented art, with culture and history at the centre of its programmes.

Our events are fused with a contemporary African aesthetic.

Our productions provide audiences with an opportunity for research, conversation, reflection and critical thinking on contemporary issues and shared values.

Our Strengths as Cultural Consultants…

  • Live Performance (theatre, dance, music)
  • Documentary filmmaking / infomercials
  • Education and Culture
  • Social Justice, History and Ethnography
  • Production and Entertainment

We’re grateful to the following institutions for their support over the years…


Some of the tunes we’re listening to, and moves we’re inspired by


Occasional thoughts on theatre, life, history, culture, education and the Universe…

Birth Debate

Mũmbi’s brand new play, Orchid, will have its premiere at the Birth Festival in Manchester, UK on Thursday, 20 October, with a repeat on Saturday, 22 October, 2016.

Click on the link to find out more about maternal health issues in Kenya: http://www.birthdebate.com/writer/kenya/

Watch excerpts of the interviews that will be included in the play…

Sabina Nyabiako:

Mary Mumbi:

Mũmbi Kaigwa to be honoured at CIFCET 2016

Click here  http://www.cifcet.gov.eg/ for the CIFCET Website.

The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) was founded in 1988 as Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. After it concluded its twenty-second edition in 2010 it was suspended/adjourned in 2011 until 2015.

The festival is back! From 20th to 30th September, 2016.

This year a large number of Arab and international theatre companies are participating, in addition to a long list of Egyptian productions. The festival includes six workshops led by major international artists from Chile, USA, Pakistan and India.

There will also be four major panels focusing on Arab theatre and the West scheduled on the Fringe.

On Tuesday 21 September, the Festival will honour six major international theatre artists:

1. Gameel Rateb: Prominent actor and director. He studied theatre in France, and has appeared in over forty stage productions in both France and Egypt, as well as tens of films and television series.

2. Mũmbi Kaigwa: Actor, Playwright, Producer and Artistic Director at The Arts Canvas, where she creates campaigns that use art at address social themes such as violence, torture, human rights, peace and conflict.

3. Lu Ang: Professor and Dean of Department of Directing at Shanghai Theatre Academy, and Vice Chairman of Shanghai Theatre Association. Mr Lu Ang has directed over 70 theatre productions at home in China and abroad.

4. His Excellency Muhammad Sayf al-Afkham: President of International Theatre Institute. Director General of al-Fujairah Municipality. He is the president of the International Monodrama Forum and Director of The Fujairah Culture and Media Authority.

5. Torange Yehiazerian: Founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, where she launched ReOrientFestival and Forum, Middle East America, Islam 101, New Threads and the Fairytale Players.

6. Femi Osofican: Prominent dramatist and professor: He obtained his PhD at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Theatre Arts at Kwara State University.

Our New Groove

Kickn it old school

On Saturday 14 May 2016 we’re going to dance all night long. We’d love to see you there.

For details on this event, click on the image to enlarge.


Sample some of The Arts Canvas™ merchandise available for purchase…

Hand-painted Kikoi - KES 1000

Hand-painted Kikoi - KES 1000

Get this hand-painted kikoi for only KES 1000. Contact us for more details.

Ladies' Spaghetti Strap - KES 600

Ladies' Spaghetti Strap - KES 600

Get this ladies' spaghetti strap for only KES 600. Contact us for more details.

Ladies T-shirt - KES 600

Ladies T-shirt - KES 600

Get this ladies' t-shirt for only KES 600. Contact us for more details.


We’d love to hear from you!


  • P.O. BOX 444 00606 Nairobi, Kenya
  • Office: +254 (0) 707 305365
  • contact@theartscanvas.com