Kenya to host Africa's first carbon neutral festival in Kilifi

The festival will run from December 30 to January 2 with over 50 artists on three stages.

In Summary

• The Festival that is in its fourth year, has announced that the multicultural event will be carbon-offset for the very first time.

Revellers during a previous Kilifi Festival
Revellers during a previous Kilifi Festival

Kenya is set to host its first carbon neutral festival in Africa during this year Kilifi Festival.

The Festival, which is in its fourth year, has announced that the multicultural event will be carbon-offset for the very first time.

Carbon-neutral events seeks to minimise emissions through comprehensive environmental efforts.

The organisers have l partnered with Kenyan - based company, Wildlife Works in offsetting emissions through their Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation project.

"Kilifi New Year offsetting its emissions with Wildlife Works contributes towards the protection of dryland forest, the conservation of Wildlife, community empowerment, and the creation of jobs in multiple sustainable industries," says Kilifi Festival Marketing Manager Melisa Kayanda.

She says about 64 tonne(s) of CO2 offset will go towards Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project.

The festival will run from December 30 to January 2, 2020 with over 50 artists expected to grace three stages.

Among the international artists include Osunlade (US), Afshin (FR). Seth Schwarz (DE), Kampire (UG), Faizal Mostrixx (UG), and Electic Shamba (UK).

Some of the headlining local acts include Blinky Bill, Karun, Barak Jacuzzi, Vallerie Muthoni, Ochungulo Family among others.

Djs expected on the show, include Jack Rooster, Coco Em, Dj Paps, Dj Raph among others.

"Apart from the music, the attendees will also experience multicultural, with discussions of exchanging Ideas, at the Kilifi New Year University. The University is a hub facilitating round- table discussions touching on current issues such as Climate Emergency, LGBTQ Rights, Racism, Feminism and many more," Kayanda added.