Sarakasi TrustPerforming Arts Development Organization
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“Sarakasi” is the Kiswahili word for Circus or Acrobatics. Sarakasi is a performing arts development organization that was established in response to the urgent need for further development and growth in the cultural and performing arts sector and has grown to be one of the leading organizations in culture and the performing arts in Eastern Africa. The Trust is committed to promoting public awareness, appreciation and access to performing arts (acrobatics, music and dance). Sarakasi aims to promote its objectives in East Africa and beyond and in this way, to further the social, economic and cultural development of society.
The organization runs an extensive training and capacity building program involving hundreds of children and young people in slum areas around Nairobi, equipping them with basic performance and life-skills in order to provide them a real chance at overcoming the challenges of poverty.
The organization facilitates performance opportunities for hundreds of performers in its (international) contracts and exchanges program, which provides vital income for the artists as well as training, exposure and a broader world view to the artists in the program.
The Organization organised successful editions of what now has become one of the largest music events in the region – the Sawa Sawa Festival – a permanent fixture of the Kenyan cultural calendar. The festival is part of the audience-building program.
The all-round Sarakasi acrobats and dancers have performed locally, regionally and around the world and their shows range from traditional African to urban and contemporary and include, amongst others, ground acrobatics, juggling, balancing and aerial acts fused with unique dances and African and contemporary music. The shows are fast paced and spectacular leaving you in awe for more.Read more Read less