Musicians, dancers, puppeteers, acrobats, actors and other performing artists from all over Nairobi are to gather in Korogocho slum northeast of the city centre for an arts festival on 16 April, Easter Day. The initiative, titled Artists United for a new Korogocho, aims to bring out the artistic talent in the area as well as to raise awareness about environmental and human rights issues affecting the urban poor, the festival organiser Daniele Moschetti, a Comboni father who lives and works in the settlement, told the news agency Misna. Artists will perform on a stage set up outside the Church of St John from 14.00 to 19.00; performances will alternate with short speeches on matters of greatest concern to the local population: the transfer of the rubbish dump that is currently located inside Korogocho, improvements to local infrastructure and the scourge of Hiv/Aids. With a population of roughly 150,000 people, Korogocho is Nairobis third largest slum after Kibera and Mathare.

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