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East Africa’s premier Arts and Cultural Festival launched in Nairobi.

It was pomp and colour as the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and The Arts Dr. Hassan Wario officially launched East Africa’s premuier Arts and Cultural fiesta, the Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki Utamaduni Festival (JAMAFEST) at a Nairobi Hotel.
Presence of cultural beauty queens from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi in the midst of fireworks, song, dance and ululations during the launch sent a strong signal that the main event which takes off on 2nd of August would be more than an ordinary affair.
The festival brings together East African cultural practitioners and administrators to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage as well as contemporary practice of East Africa.
Addressing invited guests, media fraternity and stakeholders in the Arts and Culture industry, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and The Arts Dr. Hassan Wario said the Kenya Government is committed to hosting the event. 
He disclosed that Jamafest which draws members from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda and Burundi will be officially opened on 4th August at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre while the official closing will be done on 8th of the same month.
The Cabinet Secretary said one of the objectives of Jamafest is to foster the economic development of the EAC through nurturing the growth of a strong creative and cultural industry sector. “This is in tandem with this year’s theme “Unleashing the economic potential of cultural and Creative Industries in the EAC”, he said.
Dr Wario further stated that he festival will strengthen and consolidate the long standing political, economic, social and cultural ties between the peoples of the Partner States thus widening and deepening integration for their mutual benefit. “The festival will also contribute to ongoing initiatives to actualize the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC besides providing platform and opportunities of marketing cultural and creative commodity outputs within the region and internationally”, said Dr. Wario
“The event will be an epic experience for the city residents like no other. From children’s games such as kati and Kora, to the bao-ajua game of the people of Malindi and amalengo traditional wrestling matches from Budalang’i, there will be more than adequate entertainment for everyone.
There will be performances in music, dance, drama, acrobatics and exhibitions of paintings, carvings, weaving, beading, design and fashion show among others,” said he.
Dr. Wario extended a hand of welcome to people of all walks of live to come and sample the rich culture found in East Africa
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