Smithsonian Folk Life Festival

Where
Kenya
When
2016
Who
Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts
Key objectives of the measure:

The key objective of  Kenya's  participation at the smithsonian folklife festival in 2013   was to promote international market access for kenyan cultural goods and services as well as provide easier mobilty of artists in cultural exchanges. The opportunity for kenya to participate was by the organizers of the smithsonian folklife festival in 2014. The invitation was to the ministry of culture to participate at the 48th  international smithsonian festival for the first time in history. The Fetival provided kenya with an international stand to showcase its unique cultursl expressions, market and disseminate information on the unique cultural expressions exhibited. The festival which attracts millions of visitors provided kenyan artists and entreprenuers an oppotunity to showcase their products and services to an international audience. Kenya was provided for an exhibition stand for showcasing various cultural products and services and a performace and demostration space. The kenyan stand attracted many visitors who purchaesd various cultural goods , enjoyed live performaces and tasted kenyan cuisine.Visitors to the kenyan stand were also educated about the unique cultural expressions showcased at the festival. 

Scope of the measure:
International
Nature of the measure:
institutional
Main feature of the measure:

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival  main feature is that its an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.The Festival which  takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday  is   an educational presentation that features cultural exemplars. It is an international cultural exchange programme that showcases unique cultural expressions. It attracts millions of visitors. . The Kenya government facilitated several cultural groups and artists to participate in the Festival. Among the groups that participated were   unique sculptors, weavers, chefs poets, musicians, dancers, designers, performing artists  and visual artists crafts among others.  Kenya Participants were   provided for exhibition spaces  by the festival organizers to showcase and  demonstrate their uniques skills in creation of cultural expressions. The festival further provided unique  marketing and cultural dialogue forum.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

-Creation of new markets for kenyan cultural goods and services

-Creation of new  networks between  kenyan artists and international artists 

-Enhancement of Cultural understanding between nations

-Economic Gains from sales made

- Skill transfer

-Vsibility of kenyan cultural expressions internationally

- Enjoyment of diverse cultural expressions 

 

 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

The governemnt of kenya in 2013 provide one  hundred million kenya shillings an equivalent of about one million dollars to facilitate the kenyan artists and cultural experts and  goverment official to particiapate in the smithsonian folklife festival.