Kenge Kenge Orutu System dancers Delet Opiyo and Boniface Mango presents a Dholuo folk dance during the Kenyatta University Culture Week on 0ctober 24 at the Kenyatta University Main Campus.
The Kenyatta University Arts Festival started on a high note on Tuesday at the university’s grounds.
The multi-discipline one-week event incorporates acrobatics, visual arts, applied arts, comedy, cuisine, dance, fashion, film, exhibitions, literature, music, theatre and sports.
The festival provides an opportunity for Kenya to celebrate her great cultural wealth, and takes the audience through a journey of Kenya’s and a cross-section of the world’s cultures and traditions. The festival ends today with final presentations at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, according to the event’s chairperson, Dr Evelyne Mushira.
Machakos County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua was the chief guest during the official opening.
Dr Mushira said the festival envisages a situation whereby the cultural event enhances knowledge of Kenyans on the various and dynamic cultures of Kenya and the world, thereby enhancing cultural tolerance for peaceful co-existence and development.
Kenyatta University Culture Week was established in July 1992 after the realisation that the vast student population was in dire need of an avenue to discover, develop and express their varied talents in the performing arts and sports. From inception, the culture week has attracted an enormous following not only in Kenya but within Africa and throughout the world. It attracts about 3,000 performers in different disciplines who have kept full-house audiences glued to their seats.
The KU Culture Week has had a significant impact on the Kenyan arts and entertainment scene. Leading Kenyan poetess Caroline Nderitu is a product of the Culture Week while the Reddykyulass trio perfected their trade through performing in annual Culture Week festivals.
The same applies to Mdomo Baggy and Kajairo and most recently Karis the Entertainer and Sleepy, both of the Churchill Show, who are currently students at KU.
Indeed our media houses have benefited greatly by the steady supply of reporters and news anchors who perfected their trade in Kenyatta University; Janet Kanini (NMG), David Mule (QTV) Koome Kazungu (QFM), Eric Killing aka Ali Baba (QFM), Alex Mathenge (QFM), Binti Righa (QFM), DJ Mista Qym (QFM), DJ Terots (Hope FM) to mention only but a few.
In the fashion and beauty world, Mr and Miss Kenyatta University have always done the University and the Nation proud.
Our finalists have taken the fashion and beauty industry by storm, bagging titles such as Mr & Miss Universities, Miss Tourism Kenya, Mr Universities International and our fashion show models have graced numerous catwalks working with both local and international designers.