Kenya has a rich pre-historic heritage which tells the story of man’s origin and evolution. Several thousand fossils and artifacts spanning over 27 million years have been discovered in Kenya. The nation’s cultural diversity and makes Kenya a regional culture melting pot.
Each of the 42 nation’s indigenous communities who make up Kenyan population of about 40 million, has its own unique language, practices, staple food, dress, dance and music.
UNESCO believes that no development can be sustainable without a strong culture component. To ensure that culture takes it rightful place in development strategies and processes, UNESCO spearheads worldwide advocacy for culture and development, while engaging with the international community to set clear policies and legal frameworks and working on the ground to support governments and local stakeholders to safeguard heritage, strengthen creative industries and encourage cultural pluralism.
With that in mind, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) held the 1st UNESCO National Cultural Celebrations in 2014 under the theme Peace and Sustainable Development. The event was held at KICC in Nairobi County, where counties showcased their rich cultures in form of dances and artifacts. The event was held as part of the Kenya and UNESCO @50 celebrations.
Following this success, KNATCOM will hold the 2nd UNESCO National Cultural Celebrations on 1-3 September 2016 People’s Park, Machakos County
Theme: Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace for Sustainable Development.
The Slogan : Tamaduni zetu, maendeleo yetu
Hashtag: #Celebrate Culture
Other than celebrating culture, the event will offer a platform for counties to showcase various aspects of their culture and it will feature displays of efforts in the safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage and diversity.
The event will promote greater intercultural dialogue, interaction and intercultural understanding and enhance National Cohesion, Identity and Pride.