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Sondeka Awards – Press release

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Creatives Garage
Wood Avenue, Kilimani
P. 0. Box 34064 - 00100, Nairobi - Kenya.

Creatives Garage Hosts Second Edition Of The Sondeka Awards
Underappreciated creatives lauded for their achievements in the industry

28/3/2019, Nairobi, Kenya On the 27th of March 2019 Creatives Garage hosted the 2nd edition of the Sondeka Awards at the Louis Leakey Auditorium within the National Museums of Kenya complex. Sondeka started out as a cultural festival, created to give a platform to East African artists and innovators in the creative economy to showcase their work. As a festival, it recognized that true art is free of form, rather than structured and boring. That it flings conventional norms out the window and rips apart textbooks that try to force it to remain stagnant and repetitive.

Creatives Garage, believes that appreciation is a fundamental human need. Thus they host the  Sondeka Awards to bridge the gap between mainstream award ceremonies and innovative talent in Kenya. This after the fact display of proper acknowledgment for their extraordinary efforts in the arts earnestly serves to build their confidence, and encourage them to continue passionately in their work.

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The Sondeka Awards have grown in scope over two years; the inaugural Sondeka Awards were held in 2018 and had 150 submissions which received 32 000 votes. In 2019, The Sondeka Awards received 180 entries and 91 000 votes. 

Creatives Garage maintains that awards ceremonies such as Sondeka are not only important for the winners but for all nominees as well. They communicate to underappreciated creatives that Kenyans appreciate their art,  listened to their music and, have been moved to tears by their poetry. The ceremony’s guest of honour was  Michael Hjelmåker. Head of Section, Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Sweden in Kenya. An Institution that has diligently assisted Creatives Garage and other Kenyan based organizations that work in capacity building and social advocacy for stakeholders in Kenya's creative arts economy

Creatives garage is a broad-spectrum movement for Creatives to network, share ideas, collaborate, learn, gain market accessibility and push boundaries. It was formed out of past frustrations faced by its founders in the creative industry such as lack of funding, underpricing, lack of talent appreciation, education and practical sessions, lack of networking opportunities, undercutting and lack of exposure. All this lead to the realization of creating a platform that could address these issues.

 For further information contact:
Louisa Gitau,
Phone: +254202600313

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Award Presenters
Performing acts

Award Winners

Traditional Art         -    Martin Liam Njiru
Street Art              -    Elijah ‘Eljay’ Mutua
Digital Art             -    Brian Olando Omollo
Experimental Music      -    Whole Foods
Live Bands              -    Tetu Shani
Dance                   -    MauMau Arts
Poetry & Spoken Word    -    Story za Kapedo
Short Stories           -    Natalie Sifuma
Online Radio & Podcasts -    Paukwa Stories Podcast
Judges Award            -    Paul Muhiu & Peter Kioria
Lifetime Achievement Award to John Sibi-Okumu

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