The Arts Canvas


The Arts Canvas™ stages performances, makes documentaries, and offers training 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 an African aesthetic.

Our productions give audiences a history lesson filled with reflection and critical thinking on contemporary issues.

 

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…

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Our productions range from

Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal”, Ariel Dorfman’s “Death and the Maiden”, and Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf”,

to Mũmbi’s original work, “The Voice of a Dream” “They Call Me Wanjikũ”, and “Orchid”.

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

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Our work in theatre: touching on education, history, culture, life and the Universe…


The V-Day Campaign 2019: The Vagina Monologues

Since 2003, we’ve been putting together a production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to raise funds for organisations working to end violence against women and girls.

Since 2017, we’ve been supporting ComeTogether Widows and Orphans Organization.

Meet our beneficiaries:

        

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Orchid by Mũmbi Kaigwa: Birth Festival, Manchester, UK

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

Between 2016 and 2019, the play was also seen and read at the following:

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva.

The Wellcome Collection in London.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Centre of Maternal and Newborn Health (LSTM).

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KigeziNdoto: A Hook for Dreams by Mũmbi Kaigwa

In early 2005, I was invited to write a new script for performance at The Wereld Muziek Theatre Festival. In 2006 KigeziNdoto, the product of three-months writing and rehearsal, toured Holland, Belgium and Italy.

The show is a musical performance celebrating African heroes and providing an African perspective on Kenyan history.

KigeziNdoto: A Hook for Dreams is the second part of a trilogy, which includes The Voice of a Dream and They Call Me Wanjikũ. The performers examine the dreams of East Africans through music, dance and story, looking at pre- and post-colonial history and the lessons we can learn today from our past.

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The Arts Canvas™ designs giveaway items for most of their performances…

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We’d love to hear from you!


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  • P.O. Box 63590
  • Postcode 00619
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Mobile: +254 (0) 707 305365
  • E-Mail: contact@theartscanvas.com