Drama Festivals For Schools and Colleges Resumes After Long Break.
The resumption of the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festivals after a long lull caused by the Covid-19 pandemic marks the beginning of a bright new day for theatre lovers across the country.
Following the lifting of major Covid-19 restrictions, the Ministry of Education has approved co-curricular activities that were banned in learning institutions nearly three years ago, including annual music competitions.
Mr Andrew Rukaria, Director of Administration in the State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, stated that the decision was influenced by the relaxation of pandemic protocols such as social distancing.
The Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions held a drama festival for the Nairobi and North-Eastern regions at the Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology over the weekend.
Participants — both trainers and performers — made a triumphant return after missing the event for nearly three years. Rahab Wanjohi, Nairobi region chairperson, stated that it was not all about winners and losers.
“Just hosting the event after such a long time of uncertainty is a victory for us all. We have eagerly been waiting for this moment,” said Ms Wanjohi.
Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, and Machakos colleges took part. G plays, cultural shows, spoken word, choral and solo verses, stand-up comedy, mime, and modern creative dances were among the performances.
For some reason, most colleges avoided the typically entertaining oral narrative category.
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Corpenicus Musyoki, Chairman of the Northern Region Festival, stated that this year’s festival featured outstanding performances.
“It’s as if the performances had been bottled up in them all this time, just waiting for a chance to come out. Performers should keep up the high standards,” said Mr Musyoka.