NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Leading Chinese performing artists who included
opera singers, acrobats, dancers and instrumentalists on Sunday
entertained a mammoth crowd in Nairobi.
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Liu Xianfa and senior Kenyan
officials graced the concert where traditional and classical
music from the Asian giant enlivened the audience who filled an
In his opening remarks, Liu said the music concert was part
of a series of activities that have been lined up to promote
Sino-Kenya cultural cooperation.
The Chinese Embassy in conjunction with businesses and
expatriates based in Kenya has launched a new initiative to
promote friendship with host communities.
According to Ambassador Liu, China is committed to enhance
its partnership with Kenya in key areas like education, culture,
trade, infrastructure development and environmental
The Nairobi concert was part of the Chinese spring festival
events that has been observed in different parts of the world.
Kenya is among Sub-Saharan African countries that host a
large number of Chinese expatriates and corporations hence the
ongoing initiatives to enhance interaction among people from
diverse cultural background.
Charles Sunkuli, the Principal Secretary in the ministry of
environment and natural resources said the Nairobi musical
concert was a testimony that Sino-Kenya cultural diplomacy had
(Xinhua) — A Chinese actress performs a
dance at Moi International Stadium in Nairobi.
XINHUA PHOTO - SUN RUIBO
"Holding a music concert in Nairobi that was headlined by
Chinese artists was a noble idea. It reaffirmed the resolve to
strengthen interactions with the Chinese society," Sunkuli
The Kenyan government will support initiatives that promote
ties with China in diverse areas like culture, education and
Sunkuli observed that as an ancient civilization, China has a
rich culture that has spread in all parts of the world.
"As a country, we are committed to elevate cultural diplomacy
with China to new heights," Sunkuli remarked, adding that the
Kenyan society has gradually appreciated Chinese culture
Chinese artists not only made a sterling performance but also
exposed a rich and authentic culture to the Kenyan society.
Beatrice Elachi, a nominated senator said the Nairobi concert
offered vital lessons on how Kenya should promote its indigenous
"I was impressed by Chinese musicians and acrobats whose
performance was electrifying," said Elachi, adding that Kenya
has learned lessons from China on how to nurture and promote