A Night At The Library
Let’s gate-crash a 1930’s bash!
The theme this year is Gate-crashing the 1930s. It is an invitation to re-imagine the original opening ceremony of the McMillan Memorial Library in 1931.
In case you didn’t know this, McMillan Memorial Library is Nairobi’s oldest library and Kenya’s second oldest library. The library was built by Lady Lucie McMillan in honour of her late husband, William Northrup McMillan. But this library was intended to be used by colonial settlers, to the exclusion of native Kenyans. So when the library was opened in April 1931, we suspect that there were no Kenyan guests in the room. Imagine that!
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This year’s gala theme is “1930’s fashion. This event will attempt to recreate the original opening of the McMillan Library in 1931. However, we know indeginous Kenyans were not allowed inside the building in the past. So, we invite our guests to imagine themselves as a group of rebellious gate-crashers attending this event! What would your parents or grandparents have worn had they been invited to attend this event in 1931 and how would you recreate this outfit today? Show us! Gather up your boots and cultural couture. We’ve got a party to crash this December!
Looking for outfit inspiration, check out this Pinterest curated by this year’s Gala Manager, Wairimu Mwaura