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Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Kenya.

Officially Kenya has 42 ethnic communities. Many of these communities hold annual community cultural festivals to celebrate their cultures. These festivals have been part and parcel of Kenyan community celebrations over the years. They are deeply enshrined as part of cultural practice and mark rites of passage and cycles of community traditions and practices. They are vehicles through which cultural traditions and practices are transmitted through performances and exhibitions. They promote intercultural understanding and showcase various communities’ rich and diverse cultural expressions.

They are also platforms for nurturing talents and provide avenues to market cultural expressions. These festivals are major tourist attractions both at local and international levels. The community cultural festivals are deep-rooted and city and urban dwellers have designed unique cultural celebrations in urban settings. For example, many hotels in Nairobi host annual community cultural celebrations themed on particular ethnic groups and these attract large audiences. The celebrations in urban settings are not only avenues for cultural expression but economic ventures for major hotels. These celebrations keep alive the cultural connections of city dwellers with their ethnic cultures.

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