Cultural Festival in Kakapel, Kenya, July 2013

TARA joined the people of Kakapel for a cultural celebration at the Kakapel Community Cultural Centre.

Kakapel July 2013
Kakapel Stakeholders, local chiefs and political leaders, and representatives from TARA and National Museums of Kenya at the exhibition of Iteso objects in the Kakapel Community Cultural Centre.

On 06 July 2013 TARA joined the people of Kakapel for a cultural celebration at the Kakapel Community Cultural Centre, located next to the Kakapel National Monument, one of the country’s most important rock art sites. The community showcased their cultural artefacts, cuisine, song and dance, poetry, drama and traditional medicine. The event was based on five themes:  rock art,  environmental conservation, Iteso cuisine, song and dance and traditional governance systems. Over 700 community members joined the celebration.  Four schools participated in the event with an aim of promoting the transfer of cultural knowledge to the younger generation. In attendance were the  Busia County Government officials  and a representative from the National Museums of Kenya who reiterated their commitment to  the promotion of Teso district’s natural and cultural attractions. The festival was a culmination of the project ‘Transforming the Kakapel Cultural Centre into a hub for education and resource generation’ with the funding support of the  Australian High Commission.  Other project activities included the production of signage, publicity materials, training in financial management and infrastructural investments at the Cultural Centre.  TARA and the people of Kakapel thank the Australian High Commission for the support in promoting Kenya’s rock art and other heritage.