The second edition of The Nairobi Festival is slated to take place from December 12 to 17, 2023 at the Uhuru Park. According to the festival’s organising committee, this year’s event will also mark the official re-opening of the park, which has been under renovation for the better part of the year.
Except for a few final touches, Uhuru Park is ready for handover to the County Government of Nairobi and ready for Nairobi residents and visitors to the city to enjoy its modern amenities.”
Dr Anastasia Nyalita, CEC for Inclusivity, Public participation and Customer Service, said.
She revealed that the landmark now has several eateries, while monuments such as the iconic Mau Mau freedom fighters, The Pope’s and The Peace, Love and Unity have been maintained, as well as having a more demarcated Freedom Corner in memory of Nobel laureate, the late Prof Wangari Maathai.
Dr Nyalita was speaking as the committee announced calls for auditions and unveiled a registration platform for Nairobi residents. This year, the festival organisers expect over 100,000 revellers to turn up for the duration of the festival and experience the vibe of the city. Nairobi County’s Chief Officer for Culture, Arts and Heritage Clement ‘Clemo’ Rapudo- yes, he of Calif Records ‘Beat ya Clemo’ fame- is the head of the event’s planning committee and promised to deliver an extravaganza with the city’s top DJs, musicians, culinary, visual and other artistes.
There is a lot of untapped talent in Nairobi’s estates and we hope that everybody who feels they have something unique to offer will send a video of their abilities so we can provide them with a platform to showcase and further their talent during The Nairobi Festival. Even sports men and women are encouraged to send their content; the idea is to celebrate the cultural diversity of Nairobi in all its different forms.”
While particularly appealing to the youth, the organisers have encouraged residents to take up the chance to be part of the five-day extravaganza. Anyone, aged between 18 – 80 years, can submit a one-minute clip showcasing their talent by November 25 via WhatsApp to 0777 200 290.
Among the things we will celebrate is Nairobi’s diversity and talent, be it in music, cooking, art or whatever else celebrates our culture as Nairobians. I look forward to reviewing the clips with my team and cannot wait to discover the next big thing in Nairobi.”
Dr Nyalita added.
The event is a flagship of Nairobi City County governor, Johnson Sakaja, who launched the first edition in December 2022.
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