The French Embassy in Kenya has partnered with Kisumu Creatives to launch a new performance stage in Dunga Hill camp, Kisumu County.
The stage, set to serve as the main space for creatives in the lake region, was installed with equipment worth Ksh. 3.3 million courtesy of the Creatives Arts Spaces in Kenya (Casik).
The partnership will focus on naturing talent in the region, which has been neglected.
“The partnership and the inauguration today will go a long way in developing local talent in and around Kisumu,” said music producer Tabu Osusa.
Dunga Hills camp CEO Jagpal Sanchu was excited over the partnership and said it’s exactly what the talent in the region needs.
“We as Dunga Hill Camp are committed to providing this important platform to young artistes together with our infrastructure to professionally nurture, train and record them,” he said during the launch.
“We feel that artistic expression is an important part of a healthy society. Collaborating with more established and international artistes will further improve the quality of performance arts in western Kenya.”
The launch featured live performances by homegrown talents, including Dancing Duet, a contemporary dance duet featuring Diana Adhiambo and Predictor Lodenyi; Nyatiti player Kent Mugenda, rapper Dawe Dawe, singer-songwriter Joseph Langa, Apesi and Loko Band.
The Casik project is supporting five different arts and cultural spaces in Kisumu, Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa and Lamu. The project was launched in 2021.