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Nairobi Festival Returns: A Bigger and Better Second Edition Announced

The vibrant city of Nairobi is gearing up for the highly anticipated second edition of the annual Nairobi Festival.


The Nairobi County Government has officially announced the event’s dates, which are set to take place from December 11 through to December 16, 2023.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja at last year's Nairobi Festival addressing revelers at.
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja at last year’s Nairobi Festival addressing revelers at. Photo| Files

Anastasia Nyalita revealed that plans for this year’s festival have been set into motion ahead of schedule. Nyalita is the County Executive for Inclusivity, Public Participation, and Customer Service.

The goal is to create an even grander and more engaging event compared to the previous year. The festivities will also coincide with the official re-opening of Uhuru Park to the public.

“We anticipate the involvement of more partners, alongside small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) eager to showcase and promote their products and services during this six-day extravaganza. The festival will align with the ceremonial reopening of Uhuru Park, and we’re excited to extend invitations to various county Governors to join in this year’s celebration.”

Anastasia Nyalita

Nyalita’s remarks followed a site visit conducted by a team led by herself and Clement “Clemo” Sijenyi. Clemo is the Chief Officer of City Culture, Arts, and Tourism. The two tagged along with other members of the event’s Planning Committee.

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Chief Officer Clemo emphasized that this year’s festival promises to be an extraordinary experience for city residents. Clemo outlined a refined plan, including early calls for auditions scheduled for September. This approach will allow selected participants ample time to rehearse and perfect their respective acts.

The upcoming festival aims to showcase Nairobi’s rich diversity in food, culture, music, heritage, and art. Last year’s edition featured a vibrant lineup of performers, including an array of talented DJs.

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With this year’s event gearing up to be larger and more engaging, attendees can expect an immersive experience that captures the essence of Nairobi’s dynamic essence.

The festival not only celebrates Nairobi’s cultural tapestry but also provides a platform for local businesses to flourish and engage with the public.


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