The Culture of Arts project was coordinated by Nafsi Africa Acrobats and Danish collaborating organizations (Quonga Theatre Network and Cirkus Tværs), and partly funded by Danida through Sarakasi, Nafsi Africa Acrobats and other Danish funding Organizations. It deepened cross-cultural learning and civic engagement through Media Art (Internet, photo and video), which resulted in workshops, exhibitions and the S-O-K-O Festival on 26th January 2013.

The Swahili word SOKO was chosen for the festival. It means market, but it was also used as an acronym for

S - Sauti / Stemme

O - Our voices/ Our Stories

K - Kultur

O - Our cultures/ our heritages.

“stemme” and “sauti” mean “voice” in Danish and Swahili respectively, while “kultur” Means “culture” in Danish.

The S-O.K-O Festival was an interactive one-day event aiming at mutual exchange discovering diversities and similarities between the Kenyan and Danish cultures and Arts through performances, workshops, forums, exhibitions, and an outdoor market place.

Objectives of our activities:

  • The art will explore and create a platform for critical discourse, cultural interaction and dialogue as an essential role to building bridges between Danish and Kenyan artists.
  • Encourage the artists to be socially responsible and to use arts as a product of creativity and imagination to convey a powerful message especially on current issues, such as addressing social exclusion and ethnic intolerance.
  • Artists as citizens have the responsibility to contribute to the introduction of standards of ethical behavior and play a role in political and cultural changes in the society.
  • Encourage freedom of thought and expression of cultural diversity, which improves quality of life and the full exercise of civil rights.
  • The - SOKO- festival aims at raising awareness among Kenyans for them to appreciate their roots, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and races, cultural heritage, artistic expressions, shared history, community life, and through this building a peace culture and harmony. Additionally, the festival wants to provide Kenyans with an opportunity to learn more about Denmark its traditions, and contemporary culture