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To be a distinguished international Centre for cultural reference, creative expression and
cultural contribution to the Kenyan economy.


To establish the Kenya Cultural Centre as the national center for the safeguarding, promotion and development of culture.

  • Good Governance, including professionalism
  • Uprightness, including transparency and accountability
  • Inclusiveness
  • Inclusiveness
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Provide for the Performance Of Music, Drama And Dance.
  • Provide for exhibition Of Works Of Art And Crafts
  • provide for discourse on matters of literary, historical, scientific or educational interest or importance

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Kenya Cultural Centre incorporating Kenya National Theatre (KCC/NT) held its first performing arts conference from 22nd to 24th February 2022 at KCC/NTs’ main auditorium. 

It was officially opened by the Principal Secretary, State Department for Culture and Heritage, Ms. Josephta Mukobe, with the assistance of Mr. Michael Pundo, CEO of Kenya Cultural Centre incorporating Kenya National Theatre, and Prof. Emily Akuno, the chairperson of the conference.

Representing Amb. (Dr) Amina Mohamed, EGH, CAV, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, Ms. Josephta showed appreciation to the Kenya Cultural Centre for organizing the conference stating that it will aid in passing knowledge from generation to generation that which would be helpful for the industry and the society at large. Further, she highlighted that she is proud and happy to see KCC fulfilling its mandate through the conference.

In his speech the CEO informed the audience that KCC is turning 70 years, and that the conference will enhance KCC’s aim of inspiring cultural connections.  He highlighted that over the years KCC has emerged strongly from the social disruptions it has faced. Moreover, he mentioned that being the first performing arts conference, a journey has just begun and as such he invites partners, institutions of higher learning, embassies, and government agencies for a more successful subsequent conference.

Conversely, Prof Akuno provided a background of the conference and highlighted the major stakeholders as; academia who would provide the knowledge, practitioners who would apply the knowledge, and governance who would use the knowledge to develop policies to support art in the country.

With the conference theme being on decolonization, intercultural collaboration, and social disruption; Paper presentations, keynote addresses, panel discussions, and performances focused on the theme. Key issues that came up from the conference included; the need to embrace technology, expansion of national theatre spaces, reviewing guidelines in the art to include different voices, the development of performing art components in the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), and intention to have the conference annually.

During the closing ceremony, Prof. John Mugubi, the chairperson of the conference’s scientific committee, highlighted that it was time to take action and spread the word wisely. Equally, in his final remarks, the CEO, Mr. Pundo encouraged participants to partner and collaborate with KCC for implementation of the valuable input obtained from the conference to address the issues raised and enhance art.



On 17th February 2022 Kenya Theatre Awards (KTA) premiered their performance at Kenya National Theatre auditorium with the entrance being a abuzz with newest set of notable honor to be extended to the upcoming local theatre industry.

The theatre was filled with leading local luminaries like Sitawa Namwali, Nice Githinji, John Sibi-Okumu, Paul Ogola, Wakio Nzenge, among others all of whom had been nominated in any one of the 28 categories of awards. Also present were theatre lovers who had actively taken part in voting most probably among the 46,893 who voted for nominees of their choice.

Among the attendees included representatives of foreign embassies, Kenyan universities and even government officials, like Professor Lagat, Director of Culture to who at one point were asked to present trophies to the winners. Speaking during the awards the chairperson of Kenya Theatre Awards, Mr Benson Ngobia challenged the producers and actors to start their shows on time a challenge which he notes has made a majority of theatre audience to prefer film over theatre.

In his remarks the Kenya Cultural Centre CEO , Michael Pundo thanked all fortaking their time to attend and participate in the awards notably to all actors and actresses who appeared in the stage.Further he encouraged artist tobe more serious and have creative productions that will attract more audience, “Having better and creative productions enable us ask audience to visit and fill our theatres.”

Among the big and notable winners of the night included Nick Ndeda, Wakio Mzenge, Nice Githinji, Liquid Arts Entertainment, KCA University and Millaz Productions with the most feted shows being Subira (the Musical), Blackout, Breathe III and Simba Bazenga (the Musical).Truly it was an event attend