The inaugural Nairobi Festival has been so successful that organizers decided to extend it by a day due to public demand.
The festival has been going on at Uhuru and Central parks in Nairobi since December 12 and was initially slated to end on Saturday, December 17.
However, city dwellers successfully petitioned the Nairobi county government to extend the festival until Sunday.
The Nairobi Street Festival is aimed at empowering young talents and for economic growth in the city. As such, at least 50 Nairobi-based artistes graced the event.
The festival invited talent aspirants to submit virtual auditions from November 28, 2022, through December 4, 2022, and shortlisted candidates were the ones who performed live during the event.
All talent entries, including those from singers, dancers, acrobats, fashion designers, models of all sizes, photographers, and other performers, were given chance to participate.
The grand finale for the new talent took place on December 16, 2022, where the winners were awarded.
The big names in showbiz were booked to perform on Saturday, December 17 which was supposed to be the last day of the festival before the extension was announced.
Cocktail of events
From movie screenings, music performances, exhibitions to the World Cup screening, the Nairobi festival has raised the bar in Kenyan showbiz and also set a good precedence that should be emulated by other major events.
With the impressive success of the inaugural Nairobi Festival, one wouldn't be wrong to imagine that Uganda's Nyege Nyege could soon be dislodged as the most-attended festival in East Africa.
Nairobi Festival is quite a decent event that accommodates all ages - children to adults. Plus ticket prices have been very affordable.
Tickets for Nairobi Festival were going for a meagre Ksh100 per adult and Ksh50 for children, with the proceeds going towards supporting the vulnerable in the city.
Even as the curtains come down on Nairobi Festival 2022, the yearning to feel the vibe of the second edition next year is now greater than ever.