Between 18th and 20th October this year, all roads will lead to Ngong Race Course for the annual Sondeka Festival for an explosive three days of creation, curation, innovation, fun, games, music and dance. What is Sondeka Festival? The word ‘Sondeka’ is a Sheng (Kenyan urban colloquial) word meaning “to make” or “create”. True creation comes when people are free to express themselves and that is what the Sondeka Festival is all about.
Sondeka Festival runs a very unique model whereby events run concurrently at various venues within the Ngong Racecourse. 5,000 people from all walks of life are expected at the festival, all there to celebrate, curate, create, engage, purchase, and support the creative ingenuity of art, mechanics and technology in all their facets. Talk about having fun and networking at the same time!
It is only at Sondeka Festival that you’ll get to watch Kenya’s award winning films courtesy of the Kenya Film Commission, attend a masquerade party, and observe robotics and technological innovations in action, see new creations on the catwalk, and attend a Zumba, Yoga and Salsa class all for the price of one season ticket at only 1,500 shillings – good value for money if you ask me.
Kids too will not be left out.There will be fun games, music, interactive arts and crafts among many other activities designed for children. A sneak peek at the goodies in store for the little ones? Bouncing castles, fun clown acts, stencil painting, a ball pi to full around with, colouring books and crayons, and plenty of toys to play with. Whats more, the world renown Flamenco Guitarist Ricardo Garcia running a kids workshop.
The brains behind the Sondeka Festival is Creatives Garage, a far reaching platform for creatives in the country to network, collaborate, share ideas, gain market accessibility and push boundaries. The platform was created two years ago by creatives who were fed up with the lack of respect and exposure for the creative industry in the country. Led by Liz Kiptum, they decided to come up with something to give creatives a voice. Creatives garage has managed to populate its database with 4,000 members drawn from the arts, technology and mechanical fields. All in two years. With 5% of Kenya’s GDP revenue coming from the creative industry and projected to double in 5 years, this idea’s time had come.
Go on, buy your ticket here and see you at the Sondeka Festival!