17th-23rd March 2019

We’re thrilled that this year we’re once again partnering with The Alchemist Bar and ADD at University of Nairobi, and for the first time with Nairobi National Museum as our venues. Please check out the full schedule below and get in touch if you have any questions!

Nairobi Design Week 2019 NDW19 Poster


An introduction to the Culture & Heritage theme at Nairobi Design Week 2019. 10 informal, quickfire talks from people and organisations featured at the festival. 

Venue: The Alchemist Bar

Open to public (free entry)

Sunday 17 March 2019




Meet the speakers


1) The girls of RefuSHE

2) Nyacomba J. Githu & Lindsay Obath (Free Mind Sessions)

3) Eugene Kavuma (Kampala Design Week)

4) James Shaw (Product designer, UK)

5) Jebet Naava (visual artist, Kenya)

6) Viliina Koivitso and Mark Nixon (Studio NEON, UK/Finland)

7) The Greenobi team (Kenya/ NL)

8) Kenya Lighting Industries

9) Dream Studio Kenya

10) Aisha Mugo (Matri-Archi (tecture), Kenya/South Africa)

Careers in Design

Careers in Design is two afternoons that give students and young professionals opportunities to showcase work, take part in portfolio workshops, meet with industry mentors such as Osborne Macharia and Kevo Abbra, Orkidstudio, Nikola Energy and much more.

The event is free to attend for under 18s and students. Please bring ID!

Students: 1KSh (voucher code AFRIKASTUDENT to get your 1KSh back!)

Normal entry: 1200KSh for 2 days (voucher code 15CAREERS for 15% off!)

Venue: ADD Building, University of Nairobi

Open to public

Monday 18 March 2019


10×10 (5 student speakers, 5 industry speakers, 10 images each)


Student & Industry Panel


Student & Industry Showcase

Tuesday 19 March 2019


Keynote & Introduction


Student/Public & High School workshops with mentors.


Q&A and closing remarks

Design Tour

Take a look behind the scenes of Nairobi’s creative industries!

RefuSHE and Workshop Nairobi will open their doors to give the public an exclusive peek behind the scenes, meeting the teams, giving insights into their processes and showing how their products are made.

Hivos and Greenobi will be organising a solar cooking event, inviting the public to discover their projects.

Open to public

Wednesday 20 March 2019


Workshop Nairobi will have an open day showing how their artisan made furniture and home decor products are created.


RefuSHE invite you to discover how they make their scarves, and even get involved hands on in their tie-dye process! See right for map and directions.


Hivos will be organising Greenobi, a solar cooking event, inviting the public to discover the African Crossroads, which will be taking place in Nairobi later this year.

Join Greenobi to taste delicious local vegetarian dishes on the roofs of Nairobi. We will cook with our solar cooker and local ingredients, while filming Nairobi’s first rooftop cooking show.

For registatrion send a mail to, or send a message to 0797381434‬.

The first 30 reservations are for free! Further reservations are 1000ksh.

Come and experience a taste of Nairobi’s vegetarian food future:

  • Full three course menu prepared on the spot only from local vegetarian ingredients.
  • Concept presentations while you enjoy delicious, healthy food.

Venue: PAWA254 Rooftop

Thursday 21 March 2019

10am-12 noon

Orkidstudio invites you to gain insight on a design-build firm that encompasses architecture, construction and the empowerment of women through a series of engaging discussions. (limited spaces available)

EMPOWERMENT from Orkidstudio on Vimeo.


RefuSHE invite you to discover how they make their scarves, and even get involved hands on in their tie-dye process! Same programme as day 1.

Directions: It’s the second gate (black) on the right after you turn onto the road for Madaari kindergarten (at the south end of Riverside Drive). See map below. Contact Stephen on +254 711 543823 with any questions.


Free Mind Sessions

Free Mind Sessions stands for something unique and powerful – being able to generate solutions together, as we elevate each other. We are committed to helping people make meaningful connections and enrich each other in an in a meaningful way.

This special edition will focus on the theme of Culture & Heritage and feature Lulu Kitololo, Bryan (Matwana Matatu Culture), Jepchumba, Osaka Mosomi and the Free Mind Sessions team!

Thursday 21 March 2019


Panelists to include Lulu Kitololo. Hosted by Nyacomba J. Githu and Lindsay Obath of Free Mind Sessions.


Afrika Design

Our flagship industry event, featuring two local expert industry panels that dig deeper into the theme of Culture & Heritage, as well as a panel discussing international design festivals and events.

Keynote by Mark Kamau (Director of UX, BRCK).

Chao Taiyana (African Digital Heritage)
Greg Tendwa (Bengatronics)
Eugene Kavuma (Founder, Kampala Design Week)
Emuron Alemu (Group Creative Director, Ogilvy)
Max Ngari (Executive Creative Director, KOKO Networks).

Panels moderated by British Council Kenya.

Students: 1KSh (voucher AFRIKASTUDENT to get your 1KSh back!)

Pre-order tickets: 950 KSh

Venue: Nairobi National Museum (Louis Leakey Auditorium)

Open to public

Friday 22 March 2019


Keynote & Opening remarks


Expert Panel 1: Culture


Expert Panel 2: Heritage


Lunch Break


Afrikan Design Weeks panel


Closing Remarks




Maker day of it

Maker day of it is all about showing the process of making, giving visitors an opportunity to experience the journey of creation. Makers, designers, artists and other creatives are invited to share stories and sell products.

See last year’s highlights…

FREE and open to public, so bring the whole family!

Saturday 23 March 2019


Vendors are invited to schedule interactive sessions and workshops for visitors to enjoy during the day.



After the makers have packed up, join us for a celebration of Culture & Heritage and close the fourth Nairobi Design Week in style, featuring installations, local musicians, Kenyan Originals ciders and Cuba Vodka cocktails.