The national festival will showcase the best of Kenyan performing arts, and works of art and films from all age groups and proficiency levels. The festival will be a vibrant celebration of music, culture, art, stories, food and entertainment, held over four days in Nairobi.
Jury selection of the best submissions will take place over three days, as the national panel of judges deliberate and decide on the best submissions for presentation at the Jubilee Arts Festival.
During this time, the National Gallery, the National Film Festival, and the National Talent Showcase highlight submissions from all Centres - this is the Ismaili.Kenya Arts Festival, which will be open to the Jamat and the Kenyan public. Outreach activities will form part of the celebrations.
Performers who passed the auditions and artists whose submissions were selected by the Jury will now start to prepare for the national festival – Ismaili.Kenya Arts Festival.
Artists and performers may work with selected professionals in the respective categories to improve their submissions for the national competition.
This is the local competition phase. Each Centre will hold auditions, exhibit visual arts submissions in a gallery, and host a film screening for any submissions in this category. A three juror panel, made up of the Head Juror for each category, will travel to each of the Centres. A juror will also be appointed from each local Centre on the panel. Selections made by the jurors at this stage – from the auditions, local gallery and film screening, will enter into the National competition.
Musicians, artists and performers will be given the opportunity to ‘practise’ their art in public, at venues specially selected by the Festival Team. We hope that this will give the artists an opportunity to train for public performances, and also give the Jamat an opportunity to ‘discover’ and enjoy the talent within their Centres.
During this time, we will also be organizing short ten minute talks by prominent artists and performers at selected venues in all the Centres; this will motivate the artists to continue to practice and develop their art before the auditions / submissions and also to give amateur artists ‘tips’ on how to improve their submissions.