A delegation from the Kenya Cultural Centre Thursday morning held a meeting with the County Executive Member for Social Services, Youth and Women Empowerment, Sports and Culture Mr. Kassim Were in preparation for the launch of Performances After Lunch (PAL) in Kakamega County.
PAL is a program under the Kenya Cultural Centre with a key mandate of developing and nurturing upcoming artists by providing them with a platform to showcase their talent. In addition, PAL also offers mentorship programs and workshops to young artists.
Mr. Were thanked the team for the initiative saying it will go a long way in promoting cultural activities in Kakamega and assured them of the County’s support.
“Kakamega is one of the leading county’s in cultural activities in the country as highlighted by our rich and diverse culture and history. This program has come at the right time when the County Government is planning to modernize key tourism attraction sites in the County,” he said adding that the industry will immensely empower artists and the community as a whole.
Kenya Cultural Center Ag. Executive Director Mr. Michael Pundo said the main objective of the initiative is to empower young artists and promote talent and culture across the country in partnership with the respective counties.
“We want to transform performances by artists into viable business ventures that will economically empower them. We will sponsor a three day workshop for 100 artists in preparation for the launch,” he added.
Also in attendance were the County Director of Culture Madam Gaudencia Otipa, Talent Development Officer Mr Kennedy Odongo and Madam Gloria Canute a County Cultural Officer among other officers.