18-03-2015 by redazione
The programme for the 2015 edition of the Malindi Multicultural Festival, organised by Kilifi County, Kenya National Museum, Mseto Africa with the participation of the MalindiWatamu Tourism Association, was officially unveiled yesterday.
This year is expected to be the richest and most engaging edition ever.
"We will have the right mix of culture, entertainment, sport and tradition," explains the curator of the Festival and director of the Malindi Museum, Ghazzal Swaleh.
In addition to the classic events that have characterised the previous editions (swimming competitions and football and volleyball tournaments for men and women, and the exhibition of local food), the competition of the Dhows, the traditional Swahili boats, will attract attention on Easter Sunday, 5 April. On the same day, a parade will start from the Casino, with all the representatives of the various ethnic groups present in Malindi. Dancing and parading through the centre on a truck, they will arrive at the old municipal stadium, behind the old market, for the simultaneous prayer of all the religions present in Malindi, demonstrating the great mixture and coexistence of different beliefs here on the coast of Kenya.
In the evening, the space in front of the old museum will be dedicated to concerts, with a large stage where artists of regional and national fame will perform. The names of Kadija Kopa and Terry Kalanda have not yet been confirmed, and there is also talk of local rap idols Susumila and Mr. Bado. As for the Italian presence and the activities in Malindi and Watamu belonging to the MWTA, there will be a food contest, i.e. a demonstration of gastronomy, by local restaurants and bars which will then offer tastings to those present, accredited tourists and residents or who will receive vouchers at the entrance to the New Museum Square (next to the Exchange Square, Uhuru Garden). This will happen from Friday 3 April to Sunday 5, from 10am to 3pm.
An exhibition of paintings by British Kenyan artist Joy Adamson on the theme of fishing will also be held at the New Museum, and a photographic exhibition by Italian artists is also being finalised, with viewing through monitors.
Another confirmed event is the election of "Miss Hando", the most beautiful young woman dressed in the traditional clothes of the Mijikenda people.
The event organized by the Italian Institute of Culture in Malindi tomorrow night will have as guest of honor the Ambassador of Italy in Nairobi Mauro Massoni.
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