Can you tell us a bit more about The GoDown Arts Centre?
The GoDown Arts Centre is a well-known and respected arts centre and incubator with a very creative atmosphere. We are designing a new complex for the centre that will be a catalyst for unlocking the surrounding area’s potential, regenerating it rather than gentrifying it. It will be open to everyone and will be Kenya’s first arts and culture complex built after Independence in 1963.
Joy Mboya, Executive Director of The GoDown, has visited Kulturhuset in Stockholm several times and is very inspired by its openness and accessibility. The new GoDown will use the same approach, which is also a first in Kenya. Or as the Swiss ambassador put it – “This will be a game changer for East Africa!” – when the project was presented at the Swedish ambassador’s residence in Nairobi.