Uhuru re-opens Kenya National Theatre
04 September 2015, 19:01
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has re-opened the newly refurbished Kenya National Theatre which has been under repair.
The President opened the facility Friday evening. It has been under construction since mid 2014 when it first went under repair.
The project is said to have cost KES 100 million.
The President lauded the Kenya Breweries LTD for sponsoring the refurbishment, saying that they were a good example to other organizations.
" I want to thank the Kenya Breweries LTD for the effort they have put in ensuring that this famous and vital facility sees better days," he said.
Deputy President William Ruto, Sports, Culture and Arts Cabinet
Secretary Hassan Wario were also in attendance.
Ruto stated the importance of the arts in shaping Kenya as a reason that Theatre's importance was huge.
" This theatre has seen Kenya's icons grow and to see it in a well maintained space and in good shape is great for future generations," he said mentioning the likes of the late Mzee Ojwang amongst others as great examples.
The facilities revamped include the main entrance, lounges, auditorium seats, stage, sound and lighting
The rigging, air conditioning and sanitary areas were also revamped.
KBL CEO Jane Karuku said that emphases was laid on ensuring that the old face of the theatre remains intact.
" We have tried our utmost to ensure that the old face of the theatre is retained and we have the history intact," she added.
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