In the leafy suburb of Karen sits a uniquely designed and created space called Karen village. The center is for the cultivation of great ideas and dreams, to harness creative energy and develop synergy to power the future of Africa. It serves to give a platform to the creatives and innovators where they feel a sense of belonging.
With creating a community and nurturing creativity we are growing the the core components of what Karen village is about. The anchor space is full of artists, musicians, media and innovators with entrepreneurs and mentors all within the space.
How We Started
Karen village was designed after a meeting of over 120 stakeholders. KV asked this group what they felt was needed to create a space where innovative development can be showcased.
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Karen village was designed after a meeting of a creative brain group of over 120 stakeholders. KV asked this group what they felt was needed to create a space where innovative development can be showcased.
KV has achieved the requirements by the various facilities as well as programs we have created within KV which have organically attracted the listed groups of villagers.
Since our official inauguration in 2015 we now have over 250 separate innovators located or working with KV including fine art artists, social enterprises, artisans, musicians, entrepreneurs, dancers, actors film schools, directors, animators, drone trainers, surveyors, architects, a dental community facility, nursing teachers center, glass artists, sculptors, design Engineers and digital artists.
Our carefully designed walkways and gardens, fruit trees, open spaces and art all aid in creativity so the villagers have the space they need to think, design and feel a sense of belonging.
It is worthy to note that all these enterprises were only dreams and ideas, but are now a reality happening within KV. This diversity and unique mix of businesses are nestled inside a haven of creativity.
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It is worthy to note that all these enterprises were only dreams and ideas, but are now a reality happening within KV. This diversity and unique mix of businesses are nestled inside a haven of creativity. This unique atmosphere was purposely created to allow for the free exchange of ideas and to encourage collaboration across various disciplines. A foreign artist in residency, sitting down with a local artist, a dentist and an architect in a restaurant offering local cuisine exchanging ideas and sharing experiences while enjoying music from a young musician playing the guitar, a poet waits for her turn to perform, while a painter is sited quietly in a far end corner, observing human behavior and sketching ,there is animated conversation, laughter, clucking of cutlery as customers enjoy their meals and entertainment, this is a recurrent scene at Karen village.
As Karen village grows, it continues to reflect the bigger picture of the whole project, which is to offer a platform for all creative enterprises to develop their ideas and perfect their trade, which will then be carefully packaged for the global market. Currently there is a lot of creative output being lost or wasted due to lack of access to the global market. By building a conducive environment ,the necessary structures and facilitating them to execute their ideas and become competitive in the global arena, KV is confidently marching towards the realization of Africa’s’ potential.
KV is also concentrating on AI and future technology such as our NFT KV.