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Acknowledgements This book is the result of ongoing work on media, art and culture at Twaweza Communications with funding from the Ford Foundation, Office of Eastern Africa. The project involves important discussions between academia and practitioners in media, art and culture in order to have a clearer understanding of what is being done in the region and its intrinsic and instrumental value. In addition to a journal, Jahazi on art, culture and performance, and facilitating regular workshops on the subject, Twaweza Communications is publishing a series of books on art, culture and society. Volume 1 is on Cultural Production and Social Change and carries essays on music, youth, media, art, space and leadership. Volume 2 is on Culture, Performance and Identity and has essays on gender, disability, music, media, sports, literature, religion, language and youth. In this Volume we focus on Performance Space, examined from a range of angles. The aim of the Series is to capture thinking and practice as experienced in the arts and to initiate debate on the subject. In the final analysis, it is anticipated that the dialogue between practitioners and academicians will lead to greater centralization of the arts and culture in the public and private spheres. It is also hoped that the role of art, media and culture in social and political change will be appreciated and supported. It is our view that any nation that ignores the arts and culture of its people does so at its peril. Equally, any nation that does not develop its youth deliberately to take up leadership is doomed to fail. The Volume asks key questions that have local, national and regional implications. At the centre is the role of culture in the development of national consciousness, governance and human rights. The essays seem to point to the fact that the capabilities of people can be increased through deliberate creation of spaces for creativity and self-expression. It is a call to shift paradigms in African institutions of higher learning and in the Getting Heard vii public eye towards innovative and creative ways of knowledge generation and social transformation. The essays are also about popular culture as a site of struggle; a place for the negotiation of ethnicity, gender, nation and other identities and for the engagement of power. As is a locus of public debate and of individual and community agency, popular culture can be an important arena for social change. In the consumption of popular culture we engage power and create and express identity - a process of formation and change. We are grateful to the Ford Foundation for supporting our work and making it possible for us to convene the dialogue sessions and the publication. Dr. Tade Aina, the Regional Representative and Dr. Joyce Nyairo, Program Officer in charge of media, arts and culture have always provided much valued guidance and support. The team at Twaweza Communications deserves gratitude for organizing the Seminars in which ideas in this Volume were shared. Catherine Bosire designed this publication and I am grateful to her. Kimani Njogu Nairobi. viii (Re)claiming Performance Space in Kenya ...


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