The stage is set to sizzle as the Kenya International Theatre Festival (KITFest) unleashes its most magnificent lineup yet! In a dazzling announcement yesterday at the Kenya National Theatre, the KITFest revealed the 2023 edition’s official ambassador and the coveted “Face of the Festival.”
Prepare to be enchanted by the exquisite talents of none other than the incredibly gifted and award-winning artist, Wakio Mzenge, as she takes on the prestigious role of KITFest’s official ambassador! Wakio, an actress, film director, and the visionary founder of Beyond The Mainstream Storytellers is renowned for her captivating performances in Tales of the Accidental City, Kila Mtu Chini, and the Showmax sensation County 49.
But that’s not all; this year’s KITFest promises to celebrate the essence of womanhood and pay homage to the indomitable spirit of women in theatre. KITFest confirmed via Twitter, their thrill when they revealed that the Face of the Festival is none other than the remarkable arts journalist and renowned storyteller, Margaretta wa Gacheru. The Ph.D holder is a distinguished voice that has echoed throughout the Kenyan arts scene for over four decades an instrumental player in the
Kenya Schools Drama Festival scene, making her the perfect choice for this special role.
What Is KITFest?
Now, let’s dive into the mesmerizing world of KITFest and understand what makes it a grand theatrical spectacle like no other. Founded in 2013 by the visionary Kevin Kimani, who also serves as the executive director, KITFest has been a beacon of theatrical excellence in Kenya. This annual extravaganza, managed by the Kenya International Festival Trust (KITFT), has steadily grown into a global phenomenon, attracting thespians from far-flung corners of the world, including Egypt, South Africa, China, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, and the US!
Unlike other festivals that favor competition, KITFest embraces the spirit of unity and camaraderie. It’s a passionate community of theater enthusiasts who converge to share their love for the stage, inspiring each other to greater heights of creativity.
Prepare for an immersive theatrical experience like no other! The festival will showcase awe-inspiring performances, captivating workshops, and insightful discussions, delving into the heart of various theatrical facets. Mark your calendars, for the 8th edition of KITFest, aptly themed “Theatre for a Sustainable Future: Telling Stories For Climate Action,” promises to be a kaleidoscope of art, culture, and powerful narratives. The event will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from October 31 to November 12