NAIROBI, 9th December, 2022
Nairobi City County Governor Sakaja Johnson, today formally unveiled the Nairobi Festival at the Uhuru Park.
The first edition of The Nairobi City Festival is set to open its gates to the City residents on Monday, December 12th to 17th December in the recently renovated Uhuru Park, which is in the heart of Nairobi.
Said Governor Sakaja; “For six days, the Nairobi Festival, organized by the Nairobi City County Government will provide a platform to celebrate the diversity of Nairobi, as well as its rich creative arts and culture and ICT. The Festival will consist of five key pillars, namely visual and performing arts, sports, culture and trade. In addition, there will be an information communication and technology (ICT) exhibition, whose aim will be to further the level of engagement between ICT professionals, as well as to exhibit industry innovations. I want to urge Nairobi residents that their security will be guaranteed, and it will be at a very high level, so let nobody try anything funny.”
“Continued Governor Sakaja, “we need to showcase the talent Nairobi has, support the creative arts, this is exactly what we are doing. We have been open to partnerships to make Nairobi work. Within 30 days of assuming office, we have had a dozen partners put pen to paper to long lasting partnership agreements; something that we are grateful for and do not take for granted.”
The Nairobi festival will have over 50 Nairobi-based artists performing throughout the duration of the event, including renowned local artist Jua Cali, Wakadinali amongst others.
Governor Sakaja said charges from the festival will go towards a Christmas package to the needy and vulnerable in Nairobi. Governor Sakaja called upon Nairobi residents to turn up in huge numbers and support the festival, the first of its kind in the City.
Said Governor Sakaja, “Safety is very key for us as a county. We have recently beefed up security across the city and some of the incidents earlier reported have decreased. We continue putting these measures in place. For the festival, considering the numbers we are expecting, we are working together with all security agencies to ensure the festival is a safe environment,” said Governor Sakaja.
Some of the festivals partners include:-
- National Museums
- Vivo Energy
- Unilever (Royco)
- Magnet Ventures