There is something incredible that will take place in Kisumu County during the month of September 2018.
ENHANCING NATIONAL COHESION, IDENTITY AND PRIDE
Kenya National Commission for UNESCO preparing for the launch of a scintillating celebration of our diverse, rich, cultural heritage. The upbeat, lively County of Kisumu is playing host to the 3rd KNATCOM National Cultural Celebrations which will be held from 19th – 23rd September, 2018 at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.
Kisumu County is symbolic of the traditional cooking stones where 47 counties, various government agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Organizations, the private sector and various international parties have decided to concoct a rich dish of cultural performances, foods and display of cultural artifacts for the public’s delight. This will be a show of unity, reconciliation and renewed commitment to working together to achieve our dreams collectively as the people of Kenya.
Four years ago, the Commission had envisioned an event where we would bring together stakeholders interested in celebrating culture as a tool to promote sustainable development. We are now organizing the 3rd series in these celebrations with a clear vision of impacting our communities with meaningful interactions aimed at promoting peace and sustainable development that are aligned to the global sustainable development goals.
Through these celebrations, we hope the guests, performers, exhibitors, partners and members of the public will appreciate the importance of dialogue for peace, cohesion, identity and pride in our common bond as children of our motherland, Kenya. Indeed, the best cultural performers and exhibitors will get an opportunity to showcase their work during the upcoming 4th Edition of the Kenya Week in Paris. What a great opportunity this is for us to celebrate our culture within and beyond our borders.
As a liaison office between Kenya and UNESCO, we are pleased to partner with the County Government of Kisumu to hold this year’s celebrations.
Likewise, we have partnered with the National Museums of Kenya, who intend to bring Omieri back for a special homecoming. But of course, we have to return him so grab this chance to learn from the team about this historical character.
KNATCOM also participated in the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee which was held in Bahrain and declared Thimlich Ohinga a world heritage site. There is no better time than this, to come and enjoy the guided tours to this historic place among many other cultural sites. We believe that this is an excellent opportunity to attract investments and position Kisumu County’s rich cultural heritage in the global arena.
We have a date with the people of Kisumu County, Kenyans and all visitors from other parts of the world to participate in this biennial event, which takes place every two years.
We wish to thank the County Government of Kisumu under the able stewardship of Prof. Anyang Nyong’o for providing invaluable support in organizing this event. We also thank the Director General, Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia and his team for their contribution and support.
Welcome everyone and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s 3rd KNATCOM National Cultural Celebrations.