Nakuru County Celebrates Cultural Richness at Music and Cultural Festival
Written by Mary Mwangi
In a vibrant display of diversity, Nakuru County’s Directorate of Tourism and Culture orchestrated a music and cultural festival, uniting various communities to celebrate the rich tapestry of Nakuru’s cultural heritage. The event, organized by the County Government, served as a platform for local talents to showcase their artistic prowess.
The festival unfolded with a plethora of performances that encapsulated the multifaceted talents present in Nakuru. From soulful solos and traditional folk songs to expressive poems, powerful spoken word pieces, and enchanting Taarab music melodies, the stage became a canvas for cultural expression. Notable groups such as Diamond Ladies, students from RVBS, Mburudiko Classic, Flamingo Women, and Echami Women added vibrancy to the festivities.
Ensuring a seamless presentation, Shadrack Lyongo from P.P.M.C provided valuable insights on theatrical nuances, emphasizing quality in every performance. The County government acknowledged the participants’ contributions by issuing certificates, underscoring the importance of their role in Nakuru’s cultural tapestry.
Furaha Mwangi emerged as the standout performer, clinching the top honor and adding an extra layer of excitement and accomplishment to the event. The festival not only highlighted the wealth of artistic expression within Nakuru but also showcased the thriving cultural scene, fostering a sense of community pride.
Tourism and Culture Chief Officer Rosemary Kimani commended the participants and disclosed ongoing efforts to develop policies and regulations that support investment in the digital and creative sectors. The creative industry in Nakuru operates through a working group representing registered creative organizations and establishments, including Creative Economy Structure, Nakuru Cultural & Creative Industries, Nakuru Players Theatre, Njoki Karuoya Creative Media Centre, Sane Wadu Trust, and Great Rift Gospel Music Awards.
Gladys Kamren, the Chief Officer for Social Services, emphasized the pivotal role of the creative industry in promoting Nakuru County locally, regionally, and internationally. She noted its impact on driving innovations across various sectors of the economy, including sports, health, agriculture, financial services, and tourism.
The festival, a testament to Nakuru County’s commitment to cultural preservation, unfolded against the backdrop of a global recognition of the economic potential of creative and cultural industries. In Kenya, these industries contribute significantly to the GDP, and Nakuru County, contributing over 2 billion, stands among the leading counties in this vibrant sector. The event concluded on a high note, resonating with the theme of harmony and heritage that echoed throughout the festival.