All set for 18th edition of Lamu Cultural Festival


Lamu, KENYA: All is set for the 18th edition of the annual Lamu Cultural Festival to be held in Lamu town.

Deputy president William Ruto is expected to preside over the four day fete that runs from Thursday to Sunday.

The festival is normally held annually in November in the Lamu old town ,a historical city which was listed back in 2001 by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

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The cultural festival showcases the rich culture and heritage of Lamu’s Swahili communities and is normally preceded by various competitions led by the famous donkey race, swimming, dhow races and a combination of traditional dances.

Lamu Cultural Promotional Group chairperson Ghalib Alwy says this year’s festival will attract at least 50,000 visitors, both local and international.

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“We have done our best to ensure this year’s festival is spectacular and breathtaking in every way. We are good to go and all are welcome to be part of this huge and historical festival,” said Alwy.

This year’s theme is ‘Tembea Lamu’ (Visit Lamu).