5 Things You Missed at The First Ever Irish Kenyan Film Festival in Nairobi

I have always loved Brian’s Irish accent.. 🙂 So when he got back to Nairobi and mentioned that he, Shane and other cool Irish friends were planning on hosting Kenya’s (and possibly Africa’s) first Irish Film Festival, I was quite keen on checking it out.

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The night before the festival Sarah and I headed out to Karen (aka the other world for those of us who live on the Westlands side :-)) for Lulu and Graham’s engagement party which was a lot of fun. As a result of our overindulgence, I only made it for the last movie at 5:00pm and missed all the others 😦

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That said, here are five things that I think you would have enjoyed had you joined us yesterday for the film festival..

5. Green Beer

Brew Bistro was present with Green beer which is obviously fitting seeing as tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day 🙂

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4. Really good food thanks to Moniko’s Restaurant.

Moniko’s Restaurant is located in Lavington, Nairobi. They have delicious food and are open all day. They also provide catering services, as was evident at the festival. There was a raffle at the end of the festival and the winning ticket won dinner for two at Moniko’s… Fazaal won! Now, he happened to have two dates to the movies, Anne-Marie and I.. For sure this will be a fun dinner 🙂

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3. A lovely crowd..

There is nothing more refreshing than attending an event which is composed of a warm, interactive crowd. Everyone who turned up was fun, friendly and excited about the film festival. I made new friends which is a win!

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2. Traditional Irish Folk Music

This was a first for me and I loved it! We walked out of the last movie only to find three delightful human beings waiting for us ready to play some Irish music. The Embassy of Ireland in Nairobi facilitated the presence of the group which consisted of a harp player, a flute player and a Uilleann pipe player (Irish elbow bagpipes)

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Here they are performing….

 

1. Beautiful Irish Films…

The festival had three delightful Irish movies. Here are the details:

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“The Wind that Shakes the Barley”
Irish drama directed by Ken Loach set during the Irish War of Independence (1919- 1922) and the Irish Civil War (1922- 1923). Winner of the PALME D’OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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“The Secret of Kells” – Oscar nominated children’s animated film telling the story of a young monk Brendan who is learning to be a scribe and how he got the inspiration to complete the world famous Book of Kells. Perfect for children.

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“Once”
Irish Musical film (Oscar winner for Best Original Song) tells the story of the musical collaboration of a Dublin busker and a young Czech immigrant flower seller.

There you go! Hopefully we will catch up at the Irish Kenyan Film Festival in 2016, because I am already first in line to purchase my ticket to the festival!

For more details on the festival, send an email to: irishkenyafilmfestival @ gmail . com

 

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