The 2018 3rd Knatcom for Unesco Cultural celebrations will be held in Kisumu County at Jomo Kenyatta grounds from 19th-23rd September 2018.
The 5day celebration will feature multicultural performances, Fish Fiesta, Benga Luo Night, the Omieri exhibition, Cultural performances, Diverse entertainment, Fashion show, Fireworks, public talks, excursions among other dozens of activities.
Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o has lauded the Kenya national Commission for UNESCO and National Museums of Kenya for staging this year’s edition in the lakeside city, adding that Kisumu County boasts of a rich cultural diversity and heritage.
“The 3rd Knatcom for Unesco Cultural celebrations allows us to celebrate self, preserve and gift the next generation. This platform will enable us to celebrate our diverse cultures that makes us unique as a country”, said Prof. Nyongo.
The festival program will kick off on Wednesday with a grand opening ceremony expected to be graced by national government leadership, county governments heads, and thousands of participants and close on Saturday 23rd September 2018.
Kenya National Commission for UNESCO Dr. Angeline Njoka has heaped praises on Kisumu County for the great partnership towards staging of the celebration.
“We are grateful to Governor Nyong’o for agreeing to host us in Kisumu, the county boasts of a rich cultural heritage that we wanted to plug into, we expect great performances”, said Dr. Angeline.
The celebrations will run under a theme of enhancing national cohesion, identity and pride.
Hundreds of participants have arrived in Kisumu ahead of the main event.
Kenya National Chair Tourism and Kisumu County CEC Sports and Tourism Achie Alai said this is a great milestone for Kenya’s cultural and scientific heritage.
“As Kisumu County we are proud of our rich heritage, the Omieri for instance is a national heritage that has brought admiration Africa and regions beyond, I invite all Kenyans to join us in this national celebrations”, said Achie.
The main highlight of the festival will be the 10-day return of the legendary Omieri to its homeland in Nyakach, Food Fair dubbed fish Fiesta, performances by Luo Nyanza Benga musicians and hundreds of performances from different counties.
There will be excursions to Kitmikai shrine, weeping stone, Kisumu Museum, Got Ramogi Hills, Hippo Point, Dunga and Lwanga Beaches.
After the opening ceremony on Wednesday, there will be adjudication of exhibitions, Youth Extravaganza on Thursday, Benga Luo night on Friday ahead of the closing ceremony on Saturday 22nd September.