Music, Art and Drama (M.A.D.) Fest

07 May 2014

“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.” (Lupita Nyong’o)

M.A.D. Fest 2014 could not have happened at a better time. This is because five days later, a Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o who is also an IB DP alumnus clinched the coveted Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film, "12 Years a Slave".

How does this relate to M.A.D. Fest 2014, you may ask? Well, like Lupita, The Aga Khan Academy students are more than ever before excited and challenged to explore their talents in Music, Art and Drama. They are keen about perfecting their arts and truly believe that there is a bright future ahead of them, whatever path they choose in life.

This year’s theme was, ‘This is Me’ and students from Grade 7 through to 10 were given a chance to showcase their areas of interest and passion in Music, Art and Drama. All items were student-driven, meaning that it was up to the individual student to think through their preferred piece and rehearse it with some guidance from their teachers. The result was an amazing cocktail of performances and art pieces, all showcased on the 26th of February 2014 in the Senior School library.

Students, parents and teachers served as the audience. Being a first time even, it was not short of hiccups. This however did not hinder the students from putting their best foot forward.

M.A.D. Fest 2014 served its purpose of bringing to light the unique skill sets in students of The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi.