This year, Creatives Garage looks to award talented artists and innovators with input from the public via the Sondeka Awards. The awards are aimed at appreciating and encouraging local creatives.
“Over the years I’ve come to realize that creatives need some form of recognition especially in Kenya where exposure is limited to a select few. We hope the awards will change that”.
Liz Kilili, Founder and Chief Mechanic, Creatives Garage
Applicants for the competition were categorised under:
Poetry and Spoken word
Online Radio and Podcasts
A panel of judges including James Wamathai, Sylvia Gichia, Murage Gichuki and Gregg Tendwa selected the final nominees from a pool of over 130 successful applicants. The selection process was guided by criteria which included: creativity of technique and process, execution, quality of craft, innovation and the overall experience of the craft.
Here is the list of nominees:
Poets and Spoken word
Stori za Kapedo
Feysal Anthony Nair
Steve Biko/ G-cho Pevu
Linda Girl Group
Maia Von Lekow
Grand Master Masese
Online radio and Podcasts
Voting started on 14th March 2018 and ends on 24th March 2018. To vote head over to sondeka.org. Voters must select a nominee from each category and may vote once a day for the next ten days.
Creatives Garage is a cultural organization and hub for artists and innovators that provides a platform for creative expression, networking and peer engagement. Creatives Garage through its brand, Sondeka Festival, has showcased and highlighted the talent that Kenya has to offer. Sondeka Awards now aims to provide an avenue for appreciation of these talented artists and innovators.