Kenya has negotiated and signed several cultural bilateral agreements aimed at fostering cultural cooperation and promoting cultural and creative industries. The cultural protocols have enhanced the mobility of artists between nations including entry and movement of equipment used in production and performances. The agreements and protocols sets out areas of cooperation, period of agreement and obligation of parties.
The main feature of the cultural protocols and exchanges has been the opportunity provided to Kenyan artists, cultural entrepreneurs and public officials to travel to foreign countries to participate in international cultural programmes such as festivals, exhibitions, conferences and trainings. The Kenya Government through the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage has been facilitating and making recommendations for foreign artists travelling to Kenya on cultural exchange programmes to access visas, special passes and on tax waivers on equipment. Further, the Ministry has provided Kenyan artists with recommendations to access opportunities offered by developed nations and also facilitating timely processing of travel documents to enable them benefit from opportunities offered. The ministry has further facilitated some artists with air tickets to participate in international cultural festivals and exhibitions.
Through this measure, successful cultural exchanges including Afro-Sino different cultures one dream cultural exchange, South African week in Kenya and Indrico Festival 2020 were undertaken.
Kenya signed a MOU on cultural agreement with the Republic of Mauritius in Arts and Culture 2019-2022 on 10th April, 2019.
Agreement on cultural co-operation between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the State of Qatar was signed on 11th April, 2017.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs