In Summary
  • Kenya Music Festival brought together people from different cultures and people from across the East African region, thereby enhancing regional unity and cohesion.

  • Kenya Music Festival  brought together participants from Kenya and other East African Community (EAC) members, including Uganda.

  • President emphasised the need to promote the annual drama festival as a stepping stone to marketing the talents on show internationally.

The government will increase funding for the performing arts to harness and transform talent into productive activities, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The President made the revelations at State House, Nakuru, Wednesday when he hosted the finalists’ gala of the 93rd Kenya Music Festival.

“My government will continue supporting national music festivals as they develop talent, promote the preservation and appreciation of the diverse Kenyan cultures, foster unity, cohesion and integration in the country and beyond,” President Kenyatta said.

SELF-CONFIDENCE

He added that the fete brought together people from different cultures and people from across the East African region, thereby enhancing regional unity and cohesion.

The annual event, whose theme was ‘Enhancing National Unity, Cohesion and Integration through Kenya Music Festival’  brought together participants from Kenya and other East African Community (EAC) members, including Uganda.

The festival, he said, showed that society is made stronger by the diversity of cultures. “Over the past week while on my visit to Jamaica, I witnessed that music was used to break ground and promote diversity,” the President said.

He emphasised the need to promote the annual drama festival as a stepping stone to marketing the talents on show internationally.

“Music and the arts are no longer secondary to education … performing arts are now part of our education system and part of the curriculum like mathematics and English,” he said.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said: “The event provided a platform for learners to identify and nurture talent, in line with the competence-based curriculum reform initiative. The performing arts also develop character and intellect, while at the same time reinforcing self-confidence in learners.”

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