KENYA PARTICIPATES IN THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF GRAND QUEVILLY 22ND – 28TH MARCH 2010
Organized by the Friends of the Indian Ocean association, the International Festival of Grand Quevilly aims to promote awareness of the countries and cultures from which foreign residents and immigrants of Grand Quevilly and the surrounding areas come. Grand Quevilly is situated 140km North of Paris next to the historic capital city of Normandy, Rouen.
The festival comprised of varying activities in different locations, from sports events to entertainment in retirement homes. It sought to involve a maximum number of the 3500 immigrant residents who represent a total of 52 countries. The Kenyan community in the Grand Quevilly/Rouen area was instrumental in Kenya’s participation.
During the festival, the Kenya Embassy presented paintings from the Mobile Arts School of Kenya as well as Kenyan wildlife to over 400 primary school children at Ecole Jean Moulin. The aim was to elicit interest in Kenya among young children while promoting respect for environment and conservation.
Kenya Embassy presentation on wildlife using photographic material from award- wining wildlife photographers Christine & Michel Denis-Huot as well as their children’s books on wildlife. M.A.S.K. exhibition in the background.
After each presentation the children were asked to draw, write or talk about the wild animal they had just learnt about. Both teachers and Kenya Embassy Staff were amazed at how much detail the children could retain. A recent re-introduction of wild animals in circus shows all over France saw a surge in attendance thereby confirming the impact and influence of children’s interests. These children may well be Kenya’s visitors soon.
Children ask and respond to questions after the presentation