Tharaka Nithi hosts second Ura Gate Cultural Festival.

GEORGE OKORE By GEORGE OKORE, 16th Aug 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3n2xw9pb/
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The second Edition of the Ura Gate Tharaka Cultural Festival will take place on August 18 – 20 August 2016 at the URA Gate, Southern entrance to the renowned Meru National Park.

The festival will offer a rich menu of activities


The second Edition of the Ura Gate Tharaka Cultural Festival will take place on August 18 – 20 August 2016 at the URA Gate, Southern entrance to the renowned Meru National Park.

Speaking in Nairobi during the launch of the event whose theme is Building climate resilience through culture, the festival chairman James N. Kathenya said the event is significant to residents of Tharaka County , who are expected to celebrate bumper harvest this season.

Tharaka-Nithi County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya located in Kenya's former Eastern Province. The county has an area of 2409 km² and had a population of 365,330 as of the 2009 census. The Ura-Gate is an important milestone in the county as it connects Tharaka Nithi County to Meru National Park.

Mr Kathenya said climate change which is this years of annual event in its second year, resonates well the cultural beliefs and heritage of Tharaka Nithi County residents. Tharaka Nithi County is endowed with rich and diverse heritage which comprise both tangible and intangible cultural and natural resources.

“Aware of the important role of heritage in their lives, communities living around Meru National Park initiated the annual Ura Gate Tharaka Cultural festival (UGTCF), to promote conservation and sustainable utilization of common heritage of riparian communities namely, Tharaka, Igembe, Tigania, Orma, Somali and Borana.

The Festival Founding Partners include, Ura Gate Tharaka Cultural Festival (UGTCF), County Government of Tharaka Nithi, National Museums of Kenya (NMK), the German Embassy, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Marimanti Baobab Lodge and African Biodiversity Network.

The festival will offer a rich menu of activities including but not limited to Songs, Dances, Anti-Poaching Campaign, Game Drives , Cultural Exhibitions, Business park, indigenous food, plants and crops , Culinary practices among other performances.

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