Exterior view of The GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, following a performance of the musical Mo Faya, 2009. Photo by Japheth Njagi/The GoDown Arts Centre.
Established in September 2003, The GoDown Arts Centre is a not-for-profit entity that supports and promotes creativity in arts and culture. The first of its kind in East Africa, The GoDown serves as a place where creative ideas are generated, mingled, and cross-referenced.
The GoDown occupies a 10,000-square-meter warehouse, providing basic studios, rehearsal, and performance spaces to visual and performing artists groups, ranging from musicians, sculptors, and painters to television producers, web-designers, dancers, and acrobats. We promote professional development through training, workshops, and exchange, while creating an environment for innovation and collaboration between artists. The center also houses an exhibition gallery and a performance venue where the public engage meaningfully with the arts.
A regular schedule of arts programs that showcase various artistic and cultural events are staged by the center. These range from music concerts, children’s arts, and culture programs, cultural festivals, community shows, artist exhibitions, theater performances, skill-developing workshops, seminars, and artistic exchanges.
The GoDown aims to develop independent artists across multiple art forms and to participate in the advancement of the cultural sector, thereby contributing to the establishment of a robust arts and culture sector with expanding receptive audiences.