Kenya Film Commission
The Kenya Film Commission is the State corporation charged with the development, co-ordination, regulation and promotion of the film industry in Kenya. KFC also markets Kenya as a centre for excellence in film production; The Commission is working on programmes to ensure that the local film industry generates Sh40 billion annually and creates more than 250,000 jobs in direct employment.
To realise this, KFC is currently working on the National Film Policy to, among others, strengthen capacity by establishing a film school of excellence; set up of a film fund to ensure all film-related projects do not stall for lack of funding; and provide incentives to filmmakers, especially foreign ones, to ensure Kenya remains the favoured destination and avoid losing out to locations like South Africa as is currently the case.
KFC signed a cooperation agreement with the French Government to expose Kenyan filmmakers and provide them with a global platform to showcase their work. Through the partnership Kenyan filmmaker Beatrice Wang’ondu attended a documentary festival in Argentina. She was the only representative from Africa.
KFC is in talks with the Youth Enterprise Fund to establish a revolving fund to enable young filmmakers to access cheap credit to finance their projects. With the introduction of counties in the country, it is anticipated that each county will have a TV station. All these stations will require content, gainfully engaging film producers. KFC is currently engaged in developing the requisite infrastructure and training facilities as every county will be expected to have a functioning institute of film.
KFC is also developing an e-commerce platform, through which local productions can be sold globally. Several KFC officials have attended expos at Hollywood to market Kenya as an ideal film location. Piracy remains the main threat to the survival of the local film industry and KFC has teamed up with other stakeholders, including the police, to prepare a multi-sectoral approach to curb the vice.
KFC has strategically positioned itself to ensure they are part of the futuristic Konza City. The commission plans to come up with a film city, complete with film equipment and facilities, expected to be the hub for modern film production and technology. The commission is also working closely with the Communication Commission of Kenya to ensure the 40 per cent local TV content requirement is implemented and adhered to by local broadcasters to open up employment opportunities in the local film industry.
The Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service
Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service (KNADS) is one of the six departments under the Office of the Vice President, and Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture. Its mandate is to offer location, accommodation, preservation and provide access to public records and archives. The department is also mandated to advice on the care and management of all public records created and held in public offices.
The KNADS has for past five years been involved in an ambitious project of digitising their records. This has involved some of the oldest and heavily used archival materials in our collection, some dating more than 100 years. This project has resulted in the digitisation of close to 13 million pages of archival records. The 13 million pages constitute only three percent of the more than 400 million pages of archival materials in the custody of the National Archives. The digitisation project is an integral part of the Vision 2030. Its objectives are:
- To provide online access to the archival material containing the ‘memory of the Nation’ during the pre-colonial, colonial and post- colonial periods.
- To enhance preservation of the archival materials hence reducing wear and tear of the originals due to frequent handling by users and reproduction
- To include multiple usage of the digitised materials, both locally and globally by uploading the con- tent into the website as opposed to analogue records, hence adding value to the documentary heritage.
- To improve service delivery to researchers and other users by embracing information technology and promoting equitable access to government information by the public.
- To comply with the right to access of information by citizens under Article 35 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
National Art Gallery (Murumbi Gallery at the National Archives)
Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi, Kenya’s second Vice-President, was among Africa’s most famous collectors. His unique collection of art, artefacts, books, documents and postage stamps span the African continent. In 1972, he co-founded Africa’s first Pan African Gallery, African Heritage, in Nairobi, with his wife Sheila and Alan Donovan. After a fire destroyed the African Heritage, many of his collections were acquired by the Government in 1977 and are held in trust for the nation by the Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service.
The Murumbi collection at the National Archives consists of one of the richest stamp collection in the world, rare cultural works and African carvings, paintings, sculptures, spears and shields, bows and arrows, baskets, among many other items.
Through a grant from the Ford Foundation, the Murumbi collection is now open to the public, housed in permanent display cabinets within the New Murumbi Gallery on the ground and first floor exhibition areas. There is also a collection of more than 6,000 books (many published before 1900), documents and original manuscripts in the Murumbi Africana Library of the National Documentation Service Division.
Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival
The annual schools and colleges drama festival national finals were at Lenana School, Nairobi, and the Bomas of Kenya for the first time. The Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival teamed up with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to educate Kenyans, and especially school children, on the dangers of negative ethnicity.
The programme comprised a work- shop for drama teachers from around the country and a trip to Rwanda for drama teachers from areas considered ethnic ‘hotspots’. From the visit, the teachers were expected to write and direct scripts depicting the realities of negative ethnicity.
The running theme for the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival in 2012 was promoting peace and cohesion through drama. A new category of film productions featured.
National Museums of Kenya
The National Museums of Kenya is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage.
The National Museums of Kenya in conjunction with the Royal Dutch Embassy, the British Museum, Embassy of Switzerland and Webster University organised the six-month Khanga Stories exhibition at the Nairobi Gallery (old Provincial Commissioner’s offices). The khanga, made popular by the coastal Swahili communities, has occupied a central role in the Kenyan social life over time.
The khanga, a versatile wear, is made all the more popular by the catchy messages displayed at the bottom. The Nairobi Museums Public Programmes department launched an art club in May, 2011, to offer students an opportunity to become creative problem solvers and practice creative expression. The students will also learn different art-making skills and engage in international dialogue through partnerships, such as video conferences with art students in the US.
Elements and Principals of Art was the theme of the club’s first session when the students brushed up on their art basics. This being the pilot programme, 17 talented secondary school students were carefully selected from schools in and around Nairobi. The art club hosts monthly sessions.
World Heritage list
The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Fort Jesus and the three Great Rift Valley Lakes into the World Heritage list at its 35th session in Paris, France.
The Lakes and Fort Jesus join Lamu Old Town, Lake Turkana National Park, Mijikenda sacred Kaya forests and Mt Kenya National Park, which are already on the world map. The three Great Lakes inscribed — Nakuru, Elementaita and Bogoria — lie on the basin of the Great Rift Valley. The lakes are the first to be inscribed in the Natural World Heritage site since 2007. The campaign to have the three lakes ranked started 11 years ago. Fort Jesus, on the other hand, was listed as a cultural site. Noted for being a historical landmark, the fort has been well preserved since the 16th Century.
The Wajir Museum at Wajir town was opened in April, 2011, with an exhibition titled A Window to Northern Kenya depicting traditions and customs of communities living in northern Kenya. The museum is host to several other sites and monuments in the area, among them the Wagalla Massacre Site, Yahut dam, Shaletey wells, monumental buildings, the British bunkers, tunnels and Orahey wells.
Kenya National Library Services
The Kenya National Library Services is a Government department. It is a depository centre for all publications of interest to Kenyans. In 2011/12, KNLS expanded its library network from 54 to 57, refurbished its libraries, completed and opened the Buruburu ultramodern library. KNLS has embarked on automation of its libraries and is planning a re-branding roll-out, provision of e-books, networking of libraries and linking them to other like-minded institutions. and archives.
Music Copyright Society of Kenya
he Music Copyright Society of Kenya protects intellectual property rights of composers and authors, and ensures that their talent is credited locally and internationally for music use. To better serve its members, the MCSK embarked on a programme to amend their constitution to form a foundation, which, among other things, would take care of the welfare of its members, advance loans to members who want to boost their music career and establish a medical scheme for members.
The MCSK in July 2011 introduced the internationally acceptable scientific distribution of royalties. Previously, royalties were distributed via general distribution, which meant that every member, irrespective of whether their music is being played or not, got a uniform pay. The society found this system to be unjust to members whose music was popular and was being played all over. Under the scientific distribution system, royalties would now be paid out according to how often one’s music is being played.
The MCSK has a digital monitoring machine to monitors all radio stations and capture data on all music played.
NGOs Coordination Board
he Non-Governmental Organisations Coordination Board provides a one-stop office for registration and coordination of NGOs and harmonises their activities with Government policies and programmes. This is to avoid unnecessary conflicts and duplication of services.