Karakana Initiative is an artist-run social enterprise that provides mentorship, news, updates, forums, resources, and solutions for Kenya's creative industry.

Karakana means 'workshop' in Swahili, a name we chose to signify the many categories in the creative economy that we represent.

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Kesho Afrika: An Art Exhibition on Afrikan Culture, Spirituality

We have a team of 8 amazing artists coming together to bring you 'Kesho Afrika'- an art exhibition curiously delving into our Afrikan history, our culture, spirituality... pursuing a connection of then and now and looking at the future through an afro-futuristic lens. The show opens on Tuesday 6th August and ends on Sunday 25th at Alliance Francaise, Nairobi.

Suicide: How much are we doing to fight deal with mental health issues?

Exerpts:  Watch this short video with an all-rounded view on mental health/suicide at one of our Karakana Dialogue sessions. The panel discussion had Octopizzo, Pastor M from Nairobi Chapel, Ciao among others. The event was organized by Headspace254

Featured Videos by Karakana

Creatives & Mental Health: Watch excepts from our first panel discussion under the banner Karakana Creative Dialogues. In this first video we have photographers Jeri Muchura and David Macharia, spoken word artists and poet Shikkiey (Shikanga Shivokho), and Stephen Nderitu from Karakana –as we discuss the growing concern of mental health among creatives in Kenya.

Watch excerpts from the first full panel discussion by Karakana Initiative at the Kenya Cultural Centre (Kenya national Theatre) on creative writing. Get insights from panelists Kingwa Kamenchu, Gabriel Ndinda, Chris Mukasa, Tabitha Kihara and Mutendei Akhaya. The session was moderated by Stephen Nderitu.

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