Assalam Aleykum Warahmatullahy Wabarakatuh!
When my best friend told me about the Pawa Street Festival, I wasn’t sure it was worth the extra trouble. I mean I was already grounded and she was basically on the verge of being grounded, but this was actually the moment when I realized how important it is to have friends who will convince you into making the best (or worst😟) decisions in your life, and also drag you to events that you didn’t even know existed. Despite the odds being against us, this event was one that we knew for sure we did not want to miss. I had never heard of anything like it before and the idea of blocking an entire street at the heart of Nairobi to bring the best of East Africa’s music, art and film was simply genius to me!
However, it seemed that we had been late to the party. The first ever Pawa Street art Festival was first held on the 20th of December 2015 along Koinange Street which is at the heart of the CBD. The festival is intended to provide a platform for artists all over East Africa to showcase their talents and creativity through visual and performing arts. Furthermore, It also aims to connect the artists and the public by bringing the art straight to the public and also inspire undiscovered artists to be bold and brave enough to hone and share their talents with the rest of the world.
The vibrant event that was held on the 18th of December 2016 was organized by Pawa 254, which is a community organization in Nairobi,Kenya that provides a platform for creatives to meet,network, share and collaborate on social projects that are geared towards creating social change in the society. The event featured art exhibitions, crafts, dance performances, exhibition stalls, food courts and more.But because we had to leave early (due to curfews of course😒) we only got the opportunity to experience a few performances as the concert was meant to begin after 6pm. However before that we got to explore most of what the stalls and exhibitions had to offer!
As we walked around, I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing with my camera to be honest. First off the battery was dying then we had to switch memory cards and it was all so dramatic for no reason. Meanwhile we were still trying to enjoy ourselves without looking out of place while vlogging.It was honestly quite surprising to me when I realized I actually had enough footage for a vlog and actually snapped some fairly good pictures.Better yet we also got the chance to do some shopping!To be honest its not the actual shopping that excites me, but its the idea of actually having money to spend purchasing new stuff!I mean as a young person on the grind, those are moments you cherish because they don’t come that often!😏
Pawa Festival / Me ni Mzalendo Shirt – @pawa254
Mothalnd Shirt – Instagram@Mothlnd
Rings – Instagram@BEADZBYSHE
Kiondo Bag – Instagram@the_fashion_trance /@okapubags
PomPom Via Instagram @forevertrendy22_
Check them: http://www.pawafestival.com/
All in all, I had an amazing time at the festival. The entire event was quite the experience and I can’t wait to see Pawa254 will have planned for the next Festival.
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