The Magic of Lamu Cul­tural Fes­ti­val

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Lamu County came alive and beamed with ac­tiv­i­ties as the an­nual Lamu Cul­tural Fes­ti­val, cur­rently in its 14th edi­tion awaken Old Lamu town which has been un­der a pro­longed cur­few since the mas­sacre of over 60 peo­ple in June, 2014.

This year’s fes­ti­val was themed ‘Peace and Co-ex­is­tence’ and was held from Novem­ber 28 to 30 it was at­tended by peo­ple from all walks of life, from tourists and res­i­dents both for­eign­ers and lo­cals alike, de­ter­mined to en­joy the spec­ta­cle and cel­e­brate the Swahili Cul­ture and Her­itage of Lamu peo­ple. It, how­ever, at­tracted a lower turnout than the pre­vi­ous edi­tions. This was also the case with spon­sors as they too re­duced owing to se­cu­rity con­cerns and the pro­longed cur­few.

The fes­ti­val por­trays the over 700 year old her­itage of the ge­nial Swahili set­tle­ment and fea­tured ac­tiv­i­ties such as dhow rac­ing, swimming com­pe­ti­tions, don­key race paid homage to lo­cal tra­di­tional dances, arts and crafts such as hand­i­crafts, henna paint­ings com­pe­ti­tions, Swahili po­etry and Kofia em­broi­dery. Swahili bridal dis­plays were also at their best with women fea­tur­ing with their Chakacha dance while the men per­formed the Hanzua-a sword dance to be­muse­ment of tourist who had thronged to wit­ness the ac­tiv­i­ties which closed with an open con­cert.

The fes­ti­val also in­cor­po­rates cul­tures of other com­mu­ni­ties re­sid­ing in Lamu. Palms are also

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