Kenya International Theatre Festival, 2018 Edition

Kenya International Theatre Festival, 2018 Edition

The Kenya International Theatre Festival (KITF) is back. The 2018 Edition will run November 6-11 and include a themed conference, performances, and a workshop. The theme of this year’s event is “Paradoxes of State Aid in the Growth of Theatre in Kenya.”

The workshop will cover puppetry, dance, acting, directing and production design. The facilitators will be from Kenya, USA, Canada, Sweden, South Africa, Uganda, and Egypt.

The theatre conference–to be held at the Kenya National Theatre from Wednesday, November 7 to Thursday, November 8, 2018–is looking “to initiate a conversation between government and theatre artists on theatre policies and legislation; explore ways of increasing audience participation in theatrical performances; promote artist unity and theatre professional bodies; and to explore the relationship between theatre and other marketing institutions such as the media.”

According to the Festival Director, Kevin Kimani Kahuro: “The KITF theatre conference is a platform of intellectual and professional networking, organized under the auspices of the Kenya International Theatre Festival now in its third year of bringing together theatre artists, theatre academicians, journalists, government agencies and theatre enthusiasts in a pedestal of discussion, critique, and description on realities’, policy frameworks, economic dimensions and space in national dialogues accorded to theatre practice and education in Kenya.”

The papers presented at the conference will be published later, as a special issue in the Theatre Arts Journal.


This post was written by the author in their personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of The Theatre Times, their staff or collaborators.

About The Author

Alexander Nderitu

regional managing editor - Kenya

Alexander Nderitu is a Kenyan novelist, poet and playwright. His stage plays include The Stacy Walker Interview, Yuppies!, What’s Wrong With This Picture? and Hannah and The Angel (which has been translated into Japanese and Arabic). In 2011, he co-founded the Artists for Contemporary Theatre (A.C.T.) stage and film production group. Nderitu has written several widely-read research papers on African literature and theatre.  A former official of PEN Kenya Centre, in 2017 he was named by Business Daily newspaper as one of Kenya’s ‘Top 40 Under 40 Men’. Website:

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