Oct 31st 2015, Kijiji Fest marks the grand opening of what many consider the birth of a modern village – Karen Village. The attempt is to raise awareness on the value of art, culture and heritage for which will improve the region’s economy, more so meet Kenya’s Vision 2030 objectives.
Kijiji means village in Swahili. This event focuses on identifying, conserving and nurturing local talent in the region with the desire to broadcast to the rest of the world. Using art as a tool for expression and education, the world can learn new things and correct misconceptions about Africa, specifically Kenya.
Kijiji Fest 2015, which carries the theme “Art yangu, Mali yetu”, brings artists from across the region to showcase their various skills equally inspiring the coming generation. Focused on three key elements – art, culture, and heritage – the festival aims to help to connect the world using the language of art at the same time bring peaceful coexistence between people from all walks of life.
Kijiji Fest shall be held in Karen Village along Ngong road, Karen area, 50 meters after Shade Hotel on the 31st Oct 2015, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. This event will be commissioned by the Lord Chief Justice of Kenya, Dr. Willy Mutunga and graced by the prolific artist, Prof. Elizabeth Orchardson who will be holding an exhibition on that day.
This event is designed for those that are looking for an artsy experience, one that heightens all the senses including taste and touch. The activities will be engaging, interactive coupled with fun, which will help sensitizing the public on the objectives of Karen village.
Kijiji fest will host a pool of artists with various skills; performances from live bands, live graffiti, exhibitions, fashion show, a photo booth, kid’s competitions among many. In addition the food served around will be strictly African cuisine.