Kisumu Int’l Carnival 2018: Artists Plan for its Success

The Directorate of Tourism, County Government of Kisumu convened a meeting of creative sector stakeholders to deliberate on their involvement in the upcoming Kisumu International Carnival 2018 to be held March 30th to April 8th, 2018 as the tentative dates.

The team of artists drawn from various art genres and sectors within Kisumu County assembled at the Kisumu County Hall on Tuesday 21st November, 2017 to chat a way forward regarding the involvement of artists in the Kisumu International Carnival 2018.

Achie Alai – the CEC Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports giving a keynote address

The meeting was graced by the County Government of Kisumu CEC Nominee for Tourism, Culture, Arts and Sports Ms. Achie Alai; Ag. Chief Officer CIT Atieno Otieno; Ag. Chief Officer Commerce, Tourism and Heritage Mactilda Onyait; Culture County Director Ken Otieno and Tourism County Director Thomas Ouko.

Some of the subsectors represented include but not limited to media, fashion, crafts, dance, music, comedy, spoken word, poetry, event organizers, MCs, DJs, graphics designers, film and photographers.


The meeting highlighted the main aspects of the Kisumu Carnival 2018 such as venues, activities, expos, performances, festivals, and programme and project timelines.

The artists also agreed to work together in harmony to ensure the City of Kisumu delivers a world class carnival.

Obat Masira contributing to the discussion

In line with the vision, mission and objectives of The African Union and the East African Culture and Sports Council (EACSCO) of promoting and Culture for the enhancement of peace, cohesion amongst East Africans, Kisumu Carnival in partnership with the County Government of Kisumu is proud to present its first annual Kisumu International Carnival in Kisumu, Kenya from 30th March to 8th April, 2018.

Bloggers and social media influencers in the meeting

Through its annual festivals, Kisumu Carnival Secretariat intends to achieve the following objectives:

  • Foster and build community spirit
  • Nurture creativity in the region by providing a ‘stage’ to showcase talent and skills
  • Build awareness and appreciation of our city and its unique, natural environment
  • To offer communities a platform to showcase their products and services

To this end, Kisumu Carnival will be held each year, during the festive season of April and will include an exciting array of activities.

Carnival Secretariat

Kisumu Carnival team consists of experienced event managers who have organized a wide range of local and regional events. With the variety of experience and talent in the team, Kisumu Carnival is destined to become one of the most famous Holiday Festivals in Africa and beyond.

Explaining The Carnival

Carnival celebrations embraces full range of experiences visitors can undertake to learn what makes a destination distinctive – its lifestyle, its heritage, its arts, its people – and the business of providing and interpreting that culture to visitors.

These celebrations consist of all distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features which characterize our society or group.

The attendees group photo

The main objective of this carnival will be to show-case Kisumu’s rich and diverse traditional as well as contemporary culture by bringing together the regional ethnic groups in a ten (10) days cultural carnival extravaganza. Build-up activities will be held at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.

Carnival attractions include:

  • Festivals or Fairs (music, dance, comedy, visual arts, multi-arts and heritage);
  • Performing arts or concerts (theatre, opera, ballet, classical and contemporary music);
  • Museums or art galleries;
  • Historic or heritage buildings, sites, monuments;
  • Arts or craft workshops or studies;
  • Ethnic sites and cultural displays.

The Kisumu Carnival will bring together various stakeholders in the tourism and culture industry. The event will present an opportunity for enterprises to showcase their cultural products. The carnival will also diversify and promote culture and heritage tourism which is a strategic effort that will play a major role in the achievement of the economic pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030.

The celebration will also provide Kenyans an opportunity to sample the regions’ rich culture and heritage which will go a long way in promoting domestic tourism.

Finally, the event will market the rich diversity that Kisumu holds in terms of culture and heritage therefore putting Kisumu on the international map, as a premier tourism destination in Africa.

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