Stage is set as national music festival kicks off in Nairobi
The 90th Edition of the Kenya National Music Festival starts on Monday at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi County.
Primary and nursery Schools items will take place within the first four days. The festival will be held at the Gymnasium, hotel area and at the main stadium.
According to Ministry of Education Director General Leah Rotich, accompanying teachers and officials will be held accountable for any malpractices of members under their care during the travelling and entire period of the festival.
Ms Rotich said teachers are required to be close to their teams throughout the festival period.
“They should also guarantee the safety and welfare of the participants by ensuring that drivers do not overspeed, overtake carelessly or drive under the influence of alcohol,” she said.
Ms Rotich said school buses should also not carry excess passengers and drivers should take extra caution, especially when overtaking.
Students will be accommodated at Kiambu High, Thika High, Mangu High, Highway Secondary, Upper Hill, Moi Forces Academy, Lenana School, Nairobi School, Senior Chief Koinange, Loreto Kiambu, St Francis Mang’u and Alliance Girls.
Other venues include Mary Hill Girls, Limuru Girls, Buruburu Girls, St Georges Girls, Utawala Primary, State House Girls, The Kenya High, Ngara Girls, Pangani Girls, Ofafa Jericho, Baba Dogo Primary, Nile Road Special School, Kambui School for the deaf, Thika High School for VI, Joytown Primary School, Thogoto TTC, Murang’a TTC and Machakos TTC.
Kenya will host 449 students from Uganda, 37 teachers and seven officials of the just concluded Uganda Secondary School National Music, Dance and Drama as guest performers.
Kenya National Music Festival Executive Secretary Ruth Agesa told the Nation during the adjudicators briefing at the stadium on Sunday said that they had extended an invitation to seven Uganda schools to perform in the festivals.
The outstanding performers were picked during Uganda’s festivals finale at Mbale Secondary School in Uganda. Several Kenyan teams were invited to perform.
Bungoma High School and Kakamega High School carried the day in the closing event.
Festival organisers are looking into ways of integrating the East Africa region through drama, music and other arts.