For Doing Different Things,

For Doing Things Differently

And,

Daring to Broach the Uncomfortable.

The Nest Collective seems to thrive on pushing boundaries, or questioning them. Since inception, the collective has been on a mission, to drive conversations, especially around subjects many would rather sweep under the rug.

Their 2014 film, Stories of Our Lives, that came out of an exercise in collecting stories of persons who identify as  LGBT, though banned at home,  was an international success, and a first, in many ways.

They create works through visual art, music, fashion,  film and text. Some of their work include the short fashion films created under the direction of Sunny Dolat, which are pioneering in East Africa. To Catch A Dream, a fashion film that featured international Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyana is a prominent example of this.

Their creative approach to film extends beyond fashion. Tuko Macho, a crime web series  directed by Jim Chuchu is currently one of the most talked shows, with fans eagerly awaiting the weekly release of  new episodes.

Other interesting works from the collective include Legacy, a product of a challenge they extended to young Kenyan singers to cover eight Kenyan pop songs released before 2010, and Our Guns Don’t Work, a rap and spoken word EP recorded in response to a call to explore the theme of World Peace for the 2014 World Poetry Month. Both are available on BandCamp as free downloads.

The Collective also set up a programme, arguably the first in the region, that funds creative entrepreneurs in East Africa. HEVA Fund, whose most recent high profile undertaking was organizing creative economy conversations  during the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development,  has bi-annual investments cycles where they invest up to Kshs. 1 Million for the first round and up to Kshs. 10 Million in subsequent rounds.

 


Image; a still from the short film “To Catch A Dream” by  the collective.

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