The second edition of Jamafest kicked off yesterday in Nairobi, with participants upbeat about cultural and creative markets in the East Africa region and beyond.
The Jumuiya ya Africa Mashariki Utamaduni Festival (Jamafest) is to be opened tomorrow August 4 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, and is aimed at promoting arts and culture in the EAC region.
The 1st edition of JAMAFEST was held in January 2013 in Amahoro Stadium Kigali, Rwanda and attracted an audience of over 17,500.
Kenya was selected to host the second edition of Jamafest in November 2013, and this year all the five EAC member states expect to take part in the fete that is organised under the theme: ‘Unleashing the economic potential of cultural and creative industries in the EAC’
According to Article 119 of the EAC treaty, partner states undertake and promote close co-operation amongst themselves in culture and sports with respect to the promotion of cultural activities including the fine arts, literature, music, the preforming arts and other artistic creations.