Madaraka Festival brings Seattle’s African oriented artists, innovators, entrepreneurs and organizations together to engage the public to help empower youth on the continent. Madaraka Day is a national holiday observed in Kenya on June 1st to commemorate when the country attained internal self-rule. Deeper than that it celebrates the spirit and meaning of the word Madaraka, which is Swahili for authority to make decisions. Madaraka Festival is an effort to support the determination of African youth to seize control of their destiny by making a difference in their communities. African youth are overcoming great challenges and achieving extraordinary things in the 21st century and African Diaspora communities and friends of Africa in the Seattle area are vital partners in helping them attain their dreams. The purpose of Madaraka Festival is to showcase the music, visual arts, initiatives and innovations that embody the special relationship between Seattle and Africa and galvanize the community to continue to support them.
The proceeds from Madaraka Festival will be donated to One Vibe Africa to fund its Arts Mentorship Program in Kisumu, Kenya and build a performing arts center and recording studio for the youth it serves.