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UP The Bus

We’ve Moved! And We’re UP a BUS!!!! Who would have ever thought? Yet the space is so infinitely perfect for UP magazine we can’t believe it only happened now. Here’s a lowdown on our new office…. read-on!

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Happy Birthday Gypsies!

The early days of Gipsy Bar was small and intimate with a group of regulars that partied every night. Gipsy started on a whim, with the help of friends and a passing idea that slowly grew until it became reality. We realised pretty early on, that there was a huge need for stand alone independent

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Future Friday- Movies

Comedies, Political Dramas, Thrillers and a little romance from our very own film makers, will be gracing our screens in the near future. Watch the trailers here

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Artist In A Frame- Nadia Wanjiru

Nadia Wanjiru Wamunya is a pretty, soft spoken budding artist. She started painting at 5 years of age and the passion still grows within her. Under the wing of her mentor, Patrick Mukabi, she has broken her boundaries and is exploring the arts more freely. YEARS WORKING 2 years MEDIUM & MATERIALS She prefers acrylics

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Art Driving Up the Cost of Nairobi Living

Cities around the world experience a huge spike in real estate prices – a phenomenon known as gentrification – after artists move in and add colour to the surroundings. Is the same thing happening in Nairobi? Read our Real Estate reporter Diana Odero’s article to find out.

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Vote For Mumala Now!

The Afro-soul singer  Mumala has been wowing local audiences with her vocal prowess and now she needs your help to perform at the Africa Unplugged Concert in the UK. Why you should vote for her? She has a stunning vocal range she harnessed from a very early age and as time has gone by, she has

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What Is Sauti Za Mabinti?

We had a little chat with Wairimu Giathi on Sauti Za Mabinti, a women empowerment event.

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The Museum of Now

In what way should Kenyan museums and galleries exhibit contemporary art? What should they prioritise and what kind of a curatorial strategy should they adopt when focusing on the issue of national identity? In this fictional account, Kenyan artist Mlami Mfala sets out to describe what he imagines would be an ideal modern Kenyan museum.

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Artist In A Frame- Sylvester Mwangi

Our Artist In A Frame today is a polite upcoming artist with huge innocent eyes. But, that’s not why we are featuring him here.

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Burger Hunt, Nairobi

We miss the decadent burgers by Urban Burger. Now, we are on a mission to find the best burgers in Nairobi!

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Viral Wednesdays

In this weeks VW KIU sing to us about boys, Milege jazz us from Uganda, we are enticed by the trailer of the upcoming movie Veve, and cheer JKUAT students spreading computer knowledge.

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#WCW: Iona McCreath

Today’s woman crush Wednesday is the gorgeous, vivacious and ambitious, Iona McCreath.

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Reflections On Paper: Art Exhibition Review

Did you think paper was only made for writing? Think again!

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Welcome To The New Age Of Panesar Design.

Vir Panesar is the man behind the modern revolutionary designs of the 66 year old Kenyan luxury interiors brand, Panesar interiors. Carrying his family’s company name high, UP delves into their new creative direction sparked by this executive director’s trendy outlook.

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Artist In A Frame – Andrew Mwini

On our Artist in a Frame today, describes his work as suicide on canvas.

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Nairobi Gallery Guide #2 -Shifteye Gallery

One of the new galleries in Nairobi features in today’s Gallery guide.

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Tunes

This Tuesday, we bring you the top ten songs that will have you jamming all day long.

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Artist In A Frame- Onyis Martin

The Artist in the Frame series presents another artist to look out for.

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The Ghosts of Art Teachers Past

The way we choose to decorate our walls says much about how we understand ourselves as individuals and a society. This month Wanuri Kahiu explores how a comment from a high school teacher lead her down a path of self-exploration that resulted in her acquiring a deeper understanding and appreciation of her own tastes and of Kenyan artists.

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Whatever happened to the Kenyan Kings of Comedy?

The cast of Redykyulass brought tears to our eyes through their witty and daring humour. They brought even more waterworks when it ended in 2005.

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