The Knowledge, Art & Networking or KAN Festival is a gathering of development and art enthusiasts held every 3rd week of January in Tanzania. It is an ideal space at Usa River, Arusha Town, where development practitioners, artists and the regional community meet. To collectively explore practical ways of understanding and appreciating each others’ role in deepening their contribution to development in its various manifestations.

KAN Festival 2021 will feature live music, art exhibition, storytelling, debates, poetry/the power of spoken word, workshops and film screening with lively sessions of networking.

KANx is a youth platform that facilitates intergenerational dialogue and provides a platform to spur their new thinking and innovation. KANx connects young people with scholars, academicians and policymakers through deep discussions on development issues and civic participation.


The aim is to bring young people from various sectors and universities to not only network but share opportunities, examine challenges and collaborate in pursuit of a youth-centred development agenda and address youth challenges. KANx also seeks to understand and identify youth-centric policy hindrances and capacity constraints that youth face in undertaking community centred enterprises.

KAN Festival 2021 introduces the pilot KAN Run, a jogging and cycling event that will promote healthy lifestyles through participating in different sports and games. The vision of KAN run is to establish a sustainable community that focuses on healthy lifestyles and further their personal fitness through running and cycling and encourage the community at all levels to participate in other different sports and games.


The pilot of KAN Run themed “Emerge! Healthy, Strong and Fit.” will start and finish at the hearts of KAN Festival at MS TCDC grounds, Usa-River Arusha on the 30th January 2021. KAN Run is composed of 21K, 10K & 5K fun and family-run. KAN Run is expected to grow a crowd of over 700 running community and 300 cyclists. The run is open for all the festival-goers, cyclist clubs, jogging clubs and the community at large.

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MSTCDC "Danish" - USA River, Arusha

Highlights of KAN Festival 2021


Kan-frica Chai, Gender in Africa landscape, The 4th Industrial Revolution, Mental Health, Language, Culture & Identity, and so much more!


Remote sessions with artists from different places covering various themes such as Creative activism on Women’s Rights and how to be innovative with creativity and waste


Let’s talk arts! We bring you Under The Tree sessions, Film screening, Live Music, Literary Arts, Open Mic Sessions, and so much more!

The KAN Run

KAN Run theme is “Emerge! Healthy, Strong and Fit.” We will start and finish at the hearts of KAN Festival at MS TCDC grounds on the 30th January 2021.

Opportunities @ KAN 2021

KAN Hackathon

KAN Hacks is a youth hackathon that aims to develop innovative solutions to solve a predetermined challenge. KAN Hacks 2021 will happen fully online to increase reach and inclusion.


The KAN Essay competition’s objective is to encourage youth in high schools to envision and commit to their African development dreams.


If you are an artist with an eye for creativity and conveying your mind exceptionally using art, this is for you!


We bring together established & new artists from various African countries to build bridges, create dialogue & co-create powerful works

KAN Stories

Words From The People


I AM THE ARTIVIST We are connected. Let’s keep the social distance but let’s engage. Let’s celebrate Art and its glory. Right now, right here, we are the residents of the Art world, KAN Artivists in Residency connects us, and allows us to express our Arts in our ways. KAN Artivists in residency bring conscious

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Here’s What We Have In Store

Browse the list of the activities and sessions that are to take place at the KAN Festival. For the full 3-days schedule, click below.

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28 JANUARY 2021


Morning Yoga & Meditation Africa

Contemporary Session, TCDC Green Grounds


A poetry/music performance

Opening Performance,MSTCDC Open Area


(1) Building Africa's Innovation Ecosystem

(2) Kiswahili Unifying Africa, TCDC


(1) African Feminism Workshop

(2) Creative Storytelling, @ MSTCDC


Poetry Presentation Panel

Celebrating History , MSTCDC

29 JANUARY 2021


Morning Yoga & Meditation Africa

Contemporary Session,TCDC Green Grounds


(1)KanX Hackathon

(2)Scoring Big as a creative: Brand Building for creatives, MSTCDC


(1)Media Panel: Shaping the narrative of the next decade

(2) Under The Tree: Literary Corner, MSTCDC


Open Mic Sessions & Karaokee

Good Music & Art, MSTCDC


Film Screening + Dialogue

John Smith, MSTCDC

KAN 2021 Speakers

We have put together a diverse, vibrant list of speakers that will bring in years of experience, expertise, and works in the respective fields

KAN 2021 Artists

We have put together a diverse, vibrant list of talented artist that will bring in years of experience, expertise, and works in the respective fields







Yves Kami




DJ Mura




Ticket Information

We believe everyone should experience KAN Festival! For that, we have created packages that fit everyone.

#iKAN Full Pass

TZS 35,000

There's strength in numbers! We have a package just for you and your friends. With this package, instead of 40,000 individually, you pay 35,000 each when paying as a group. Minimum of 5 people per group.

Daily Pass

TZS 15,000

The KAN Festival is a 3-day experience of knowledge, arts and networking. This pass gives you access to one day.


TZS 13,000

At the heart of KAN is the spirit of inclusivity. That's why we had this pass for students to fit their budget.

Student Daily

TZS 5,000

For students who cannot afford the whole KAN experience, this pass is for you.

Full Festival Pass

TZS 40,000

The full festival pass covers everything on all three days of the event. You won't miss a session on the calendar.

Group Daily

TZS 20,000

You and your friends can get to experience KAN for just a day with this pass.

KAN Festival Sponsors

We believe in synergy, and are excited to work with our amazing partners in making this a success. Interesting to partner? Contact us below.