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Chi Siamo


Chi Siamo



The Italian Institute of Culture in Nairobi
, official body of the Italian State, has as its objective the promotion and propagation of the Italian language and culture in Kenya through the organization of cultural events to facilitate the circulation of ideas, arts and sciences.

The Italian Institute of Culture offers the Kenyan public the following services:

  • Italian language courses conducted by qualified lecturers (not active at present)
  • two annual exam sessions to obtain the Diploma in Knowledge of Italian Language as a Foreign Language (not active at present)
  • an Italian Library at the students’ and members’ disposal, consultation and lending of Italian books, CD’s, DVD’s, magazines and newspapers (not active at present)
  • Services of information and documentation on Italy in the cultural field

For concert-type events, some art exhibitions and some other events, the Institute collaborates with:

  • Local art and museum-related institutions such as the Cultural Department (of the Kenyan Ministry for Culture), National Museums of Kenya, Sarakasi Trust, Go-Down Arts Centre, Kuona Trust, Alliance Francaise and Goethe Institut
  • Theatres such as the Kenya National Theatre, Braeburn Theatre, Phoenix Theatre and Louis Leakey Memorial Hall.
  • an important foundation in the country: the Gallmann Memorial Foundation

The main Festivals in which the Institute is usually actively involved are the Safaricom International Jazz Festival (from 2016), and the European Film Festival in Nairobi (since 1991)