Music, Arts, Theatre and More in Nairobi

Nairobi enjoys a diverse assortment of cultural activities including music and music festivals, the arts and art galleries and museums, as well as a large number of both live-performance and film theatres. As community-enrichment, sport is also considered a cultural activity in Nairobi.

An assortment of ideals, conduct, artifacts, experiences and beliefs, the culture in Nairobi plays an important role in influencing how Nairobians (people in Nairobi) relate, work, socialize and communicate with insiders or outsiders and how they generally lead their lives.

Being a cosmopolitan city, Nairobi has great contrasts that have over the years, . enriched the existing culture, contributing to the vibrant energy and intense and diverse vibes that characterize the city.

Museums and Art Galleries

In a bid to showcase to both the locals and foreigners the diverse and rich culture that is prevalent in not only in Nairobi but in Kenya in general, there are well-established museums in Nairobi:

Nairobi National Museum: at Museum Hill showcasing Kenya’s heritage and culture
Nairobi Railway Museum: several hundred meters from Nairobi Railway Station within CBD, it presents vivid pictures of Nairobi’s and Kenya’s evolution to the present
Karen Blixen Museum: Kenya’s history museum
Art galleries

Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art (RaMoMA),
African Heritage
Mzizi Arts Centre
Kitengela Glass
African Heritage House
American Embassy Memorial Park – sandwiched between Moi Avenue and Haile Selassie Avenue
Kenya National Archives – between Tom Mboya street and Moi Avenue
Gallery Watatu – Standard Street
The Taliman located along Ngong Road
Nairobi Gallery – Kenyatta Avenue
Banana Hill Art Studio – Banana Hill
GoDown Arts Centre Dunga Road
Paa ya Paa Art Centre at Ridgeways Road
There are also cultural centers including Kenya National Archives and Bomas of Kenya.


From Bongo flavours, Jazz, Afro fusion and traditional folk songs to hip hop, rock, blues, reggae and raga, Nairobi is a musical city. Music is an element of culture that is used to convey messages and enhance social connectedness in Nairobi.

Night clubs are a popular places to enjoy live music
Keshas – overnight gospel music concerts
Live music concerts by local and international artists
Live bands by popular music groups such as Sauti Sol
Cultural theme nights are often held in Nairobi and in most cases at the Carnivore Restaurant. They are used to showcase the traditional way of life of various Kenyan communities including Mugithi night (kikuyu), Coast night (coastal people), Mulembe night(Lughya) and Ramogi night (Luo).
Each year, all learning institutions in Nairobi participate and compete in different inter-level music festivals to showcase the country’s culture and traditions through songs, dances, skits, choral verses, narratives, poems and plays. They are often held in selected learning institutions.
Cinema and Movie Theaters

A growing cultural phenomenon among the people of Nairobi, cinema-going is gaining roots in the city. Popular cinema theaters include:

Phoenix Players Ltd
Odeon Cinema
Lotus Cinema
Kenya Cultural Center
Popular theatre performing groups include Kenya National Theater Crew, Phoenix Players and Heartstrings Ensemble.

Other than going to watch plays and acts, Nairobians are known for their love for movies and there are varieties of movie theaters including:

Planet Media Cinemas Westgate
Starflix Prestige Plaza
Fox Cineplex Sarit Centre
IMAX 20th Century
Starflix Village Market

Sports are a cultural activity in Nairobi where sports are enjoyed not only as a pastime but also as events that bring the community together., Nairobians enjoy especially football sports by watching them in entertainment clubs or participating in live sporting events in various stadiums and playgrounds located in the city:

Nyayo National Stadium
Moi International Sports Center Kasarani
City Stadium
Railway Golf Club
Nairobi Gymkhana
Muthaiga Golf Club
Ngong Horse Racecourse
Jamhuri Showgrounds
Impala Grounds.

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