“Such Festivals can invigorate young people’s interest in local culture, give opportunities for artists and music professionals to meet and learn from each other, keep traditions alive, create employment for local people and promote Lake Victoria as a model for responsible tourism – that honors and respects local culture.”
– Sounds of Wisdom
#JFLV – Photographic Exhibition
As a buildup activity to the festival’s debut edition targeted for April 2018 over Easter holidays, a photographic exhibition titled #JusticeforLakeVictoria was designed with an array of images showing the current state of the lake and the activities around the shoreline. The Exhibition by artists from East Africa is a result of heated conversations on how talent/art – and more so, photography, craft, film and music – would be used to effect change in the minds of people such that they can be cognizant of the fact that their unchecked use/negligence of Africa’s greatest lake and its catchment area is causing it more harm than good. The images from the three host countries were mounted in Kisumu (Kenya) at a local Beach Resort and Open Art gallery space for invited stakeholders and the public to interrogate the social & environmental injustices affecting the lake to influence meaningful dialogue among the locals in order to effect positive actions from the grassroots and cultivate ownership and appreciation.
Kisumu Edition (KE) 2016
NAAM is Swahili for acknowledgement or yes and also means large water body in native Luo Language. The festival is an idea mooted by a group of young established creative operators based and operating around East Africa. The group enjoys a tremendous global exposure in the cultural sector and seek to establish Naam Festival for economic growth, environmental awareness, regional cohesion and cultural appreciation around one of the world’s largest lake that needs all the attention it deserves…
Launching a simultaneous sobriety crusade to the locals and the East African populace in view of empowering and equipping them with knowledge and information; that does not necessarily have to wait for periodical events of euphoria ranging from agriculture, floods, environment, cohesion, natural resources, diseases and cultural conservation.
The year 2013 saw the Naam Festival realize a pilot edition at Kisumu Beach Resort with an enthralling line up of artists including Juliani, Sita Makinu, Dola Kabary, Sarabi, Sarakasi Dancers, Ohangla Young Turks among many more. This was a significant event attended by several locals and a few visitors from neighboring countries and the diaspora aimed at trying out the concept.
From Our Blog
KENYA: The Lake is situated in Kisumu, a port city in western Kenya, with a population of about 1,300,000. It is the third largest city in Kenya, the principal city of western Kenya, the capital of Nyanza Province and formerly the headquarters of Kisumu District, now Kisumu County under the new dispensation. In 1901 Kisumu […]
The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Burundi with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. Though the treaty has gone through several hitches and slowing the process, culturally and socially speaking the EAC is opening up […]
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