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100+ designers - indoor, outdoor, digital exhibits & a marketplace

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Thank you to everyone who participated in Nairobi Design Week 2024! More highlights of the festival and content about the participating designers are coming here and on our social platforms.

The 9th edition of the annual festival showcased the growth of our ongoing partnership with Opportunity Factory.

Visitors got to see the improvements that have been made to the site since 2023, met the OF makers and experienced Nairobi Design Week 2024 at the same time.

Stay updated daily on our social media.

📅 Sat 9th - Sun 17th March 2024

(Exhibition opened daily 9am - 5pm. Last entry at 4pm)

📍 Find Opportunity Factory

Mbagathi Ridge, Karen

🎟 Get your tickets here

Early Bird KSh200 Adults / KSh 100 Under 18s & Students

Gate KSh300 Adults / KSh 150 Under 18s & Students

Upcycled denim wristband by Africa Collect Texiles included - Tickets available on hustlesasa.

🚌 Transport

Electric buses for visitors from Karen Stage, by the City Clock opposite Crossroads Mall. (9th, 10th, 16th & 17th March).

⭐️ Both weekends featured:

Design Marketplace / vendors listed lower on this page

Crotchet and Beading / Opportunity Factory

'We Got This’ photoboth / Africa Collect Textiles

Find Yourself…Here: How Do We Create Healing Spaces in a Human World? / Safia Abji

Beadwork and Cross Stitching workshop / Maisha by Nisria

Braille workshop / Studio Hisi

Henna Has no Borders / The Henna Boutique

📸 Press Preview was held on Friday 8th March.

PRESS / MEDIA / PHOTOGRAPHERS ACCREDITATION

CONTENT CREATORS registration

Download Festival Guide

🕘 SCHEDULE

Exhibition open daily 9am - 5pm. Last entry at 4pm.

Saturday 9th March

Baraza Stage

12pm / Opening Remarks / Nairobi Design, Opportunity Factory, Ananse Africa, Microsoft

1pm / Reimagining Healing Spaces in a Human World / Safia Abji

2pm / AI for beginners/ Microsoft

2:30pm / Responsible AI / Microsoft

3pm / Redesign Everything Panel / What Design Can Do, Nairobi Design, Rethread Africa

Sunday 10th

Baraza Stage

12pm / How can play help us to design more inclusively? / Marie Williams of Dream Networks

2pm /Turkana Artist Talks - Content House Kenya

3pm / Through the Eyes of Mentorship in Fashion Design / Neema Walove & Makena Adhiambo

4pm / Closing Remarks

Thursday 14th

9am-3pm / Fashion Masterclass / Ananse Africa

Friday 15th

2-4pm / Physical Exhibitors meet & greet

2pm / Product Showcase (Copilot & Dukawalla) / Microsoft

3-5pm / Digital Exhibitors meet & greet

Saturday 16th

Baraza Stage

12pm / Opening Remarks

1pm / Arts outside the safe zone / Censored Art

2pm / Designing the Future: AI as a Collaborator in Product Design / Microsoft

3pm / Design Ethics and Social Responsibility / Moringa School

Sunday 17th

Your last chance to see all the exhibits in place, and some new vendors for the closing weekend. Full schedule of activities for Baraza stage to be announced.

Baraza Stage

12pm / Opening Remarks

1:30-2:15pm / Making a movie using AI/ Egle Joncaite & Gathigia Njiiri of Microsoft

2:15-3pm / Game design with the help of AI / Viola, Jeff, Eric of Microsoft

5pm / Festival Closing Remarks

⭐️ SHOWCASES

We work closely with our partners and community to curate a showcase of design from talented individuals and organisations that inspires, educates and entertains.

Circleg

Circleg stands for a new narrative around prosthetic care that enables accessible, high-quality and empowering solutions for amputees.

Creative DNA

Creative DNA by the British Council shares and supports alternative, responsible and innovative approaches to the global fashion system. It centres on a contemporary exploration of Kenya’s fashion value chain, through research, creative enterprise and storytelling.

At the core of their installation at Nairobi Design Week 2024 are works by 18 local fashion designers, who have undergone a rigorous three-month incubator programme led by esteemed figures in the industry. 

Partners such as Silvia Tonui, Founder of Trio Media, Ann McCreath, founder of Kikiromeo, alongside UK-based experts Biljana and Martyn Roberts, founder of Fashion Scout, guide participants through a transformative journey of skill development, knowledge enhancement, and global networking.

Ananse Africa

On March 14th, a comprehensive training session (8AM-3PM) delves into e-commerce, digital marketing, and product development for fashion creatives register here.

Ananse Africa partners with Nairobi Design to showcase African designer talent. Through their digital platform and e-commerce marketplace, Ananse connects designers with global audiences, emphasizing their unique stories.

At NDW2024, Ananse will be showcasing products from their platform's designers. Join Ananse at NDW2024 to celebrate African creativity and entrepreneurship.

Njogu Kuria

An installation by Njogu Kuria, exploring recycled rubber as a medium in sculpting, similar to clay or wood among other applications. His works explore techniques in manipulating and compositionally crafting recycled rubber into different forms.

Designing the Future

Microsoft plugs into Nairobi Design Week as a trendsetter in product and tech design globally. Guests will experience the practical use of responsible AI in today’s evolving World using products such as Co-pilot and Bing-chat. Do not miss the creative exploration experiences lined up by the Microsoft Garage.

Opportunity Factory x GIZ

Opportunity Factory x GIZ explores Sandstorm Kenya’s work with over 300 women from Taita Taveta, Lamu, Machakos, Kitui, Kajiado & Nairobi counties. They work in supporting national artisan manufacturers by improving their production processes to facilitate their access to new markets. Opportunity Factory hosts local makers' studios, including Nakshi Glass, ENN Ceramics, Africa Collect Textiles, Dragonfly Screenprinting, CoolCatsClub.

The Made by Kenya store hosts local brands including Kazuri, Jabali, Greenthing Kenya and Sandstorm Kenya. Several selected exhibits will be made available to the public at Opportunity Factory for an extended period after the festival.

Content House Kenya

Content house is a collective of filmmakers, artists, and writers dedicated to producing and distributing content on underrepresented topics of public interest.

Through the Turkana Artists Xchange and most recently the musical group Turkana Sessions, Content House has showcased the beauty and talent of Turkana County to audiences across the world. Their exhibition at #NDW2024 will bring stories from Turkana,  shared through vibrant photography, and artifacts.

Redesign Everything Challenge

What Design Can Do (WDCD) looked into redesigning the future, by engaging the creative community to join the Redesign Everything Challenge. In partnership with IKEA Foundation, the 5th climate action challenge by WDCD seeks to explore creative solutions in Kenya addressing the climate crisis. Last year's challenge attracted more entries from Kenya than any other country.

⭐️ Digital Exhibitors

/ Trinity Makena

/ Ama Waithira

/ Nelson Kioko

/ Derek Mayoli

/ Michelle Kanyeki

/ Paul Gichia

/ Samora Katumanga

/ Mony Maringa

/ Nicole Ashlock

/ Wanjiru Munyiri

/ Yuchuan Yu

/ Charbel Houinato

A place to come with family & friends

PLAY

Interactive and sensory experiences that will rekindle and remind every participant what it means to be a child again; Finding a balance between the realism of adulting and being in tune with our playful inner selves.

GROW

Information is power. A series of workshops will be held during the festival that will have experts engaging and sharing their knowledge with the community; in a space called the ‘BARAZA’ . Bring your thinking and talking caps!

MAKE

Design is for everyone. Makers will exhibit their work and interact with attendees whilst in their craft. We look forward to showcasing all works by artisans and creatives signed up to be part of the Nairobi Design Week 2024; as well as have attendees organically participate in the creation process.

🎟 Get your tickets here

Early Bird KSh200 Adults / KSh 100 Under 18s & Students

Gate KSh300 Adults / KSh 150 Under 18s & Students

Upcycled denim wristband by Africa Collect Texiles included - Tickets available on hustlesasa.