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E-sports zone, music and hot air balloons, Nairobi Festival goes all out!

This year’s Nairobi Festival is set to redefine entertainment with exciting additions, catering to diverse interests beyond music.

The five-day extravaganza, which kicks off on December 12 to 17, will introduce a hot air balloon experience and a dedicated e-sports zone targeting the tech-savvy Generation Z.

Nairobi County authorities, led by Dr Anastasia Nyalita, the County Executive for Inclusivity, Public Participation, and Citizen Engagement, unveiled their plans during the flag-off ceremony of the Kipaji 047 Roadshow Caravan at Uhuru Park on Tuesday.

Nairobi County Executive Committee Member for Inclusivity, Public Participation and Citizen Engagement Dr. Anastasia Nyalita. PHOTO| Bonface Bogita

Dr Nyalita shared that the festival is anticipating a massive turnout, with over 20 local artists slated to grace the event. The lineup includes both emerging talents and seasoned performers, ensuring a diverse and engaging experience for attendees.

Renowned artists like Jua Kali and Rufftone, present at the event, pledged to deliver memorable performances, adding to the festival’s vibrant atmosphere.

To make the event accessible to a broad audience, the entrance fee is set at Sh100 for adults and Sh50 for children. The organizers aim to create an immersive experience for festival-goers, introducing entertaining sessions such as a hot air balloon ride, an e-sports zone tailored for Generation Z enthusiasts, and a bouncing castle.

In addition to the artistic and experiential focus, security measures have been intensified to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees.

This second edition builds upon the success of last year’s inaugural festival, which took place shortly after Governor Johnson Sakaja assumed office.

The festival remains committed to celebrating Nairobi’s rich culture, and this year, it unfolds within the newly renovated Uhuru Park, a project initiated during the tenure of the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

The park is expected to be officially handed over to the County Government for public enjoyment during the festival.