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    In order to enable visitors to see the many aspects of Kenyan culture, a "special village" is being constructed on the outskirts of Nairobi.

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    In order to enable visitors to see the many aspects of Kenyan culture, a "special village" is being constructed on the outskirts of Nairobi. Kenya's Minister for Tourism and Wildlife Mr. J.L.M. Shako laid the foundation stone for a performance hall on Friday (15 October). In it tourists will see African dances, music, drama, and crafts. A warden's house and two dormitories for the performers and artists have already been built. Plans for later stages of the village will include the construction of traditional homesteads, an academy for the study of African dances, and the damning of a small valley to form a lake for fishing. The village is being developed by Bomas of Kenya, a wholly owned subsidiary of the government supported by the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation. The project will cost over one million pounds sterling.

    SYNOPSIS: A village designed to show tourists the many facets of Kenyan culture is now under construction on the outskirts of Nairobi.

    Kenya's Minister if Tourism and Wildlife, Mr. J.L.M. Shako, arrived at the site on Friday to take part in construction ceremonies for the village.

    Officials told visiting guests that the "cultural village" will afford tourists and native Kenyans the opportunity of appreciating the cultural wealth of the country. The project which is supported by the Central Government at a cost of over one million pounds sterling will include a performance hall, traditional African homesteads, a dance academy, and dormitories for visiting performers and artists.

    The highlight of the day's ceremony was the laying of the foundation stone for the performance hall by Minister Shako. The hall, circular in design, with a traditional conical roof, will be the centre of the cultural activities. When completed next February, the hall will house tourists watching performance by Kenya's dancers, musicians, actors and artisans.

    The village is located only 8 miles outside Nairobi and officials hope that tourists will extend their visits to Kenya to experience African culture.

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