Lamu Cultural Festival

Lamu Cultural Festival 

I chose to write about this festival because I thought it was a wonderful, unique festival that many people don’t know much about. I really wanted to explore other cultures that I know little about and I think I accomplished just that.

The Lamu Cultural Festival is dedicated to celebrating Lamu’s rich heritage. This festival is the biggest in the small Lamu Island located on the coast of Kenya. 

"Kofia" by ATTOUMANI MOHAMED Karim - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

Kofia embroidery. Traditional craft of Lamu. Photo from WikiMedia Commons.

The carnival-like celebrations include music, dance, henna competitions, dhow races, donkey races, and displays of traditional crafts.

The festival began in 2001 and now takes places over 3 days.

"Masai woman in Nairobi" by Angela Sevin - originally posted to Flickr as Masai woman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons -

Masai woman in Nairobi. Photo from WikiMedia Commons.

The 3 days of the Lamu Cultural festival consist of various swimming races, dancing, poetry competition, football tournaments, traditional displays, and exhibitions.


One of the goals of the festival is to teach youth about the Lamu culture and to keep their traditions alive for generations to come.

The festival is now considered a major cultural event of the region.

The people of Lamu take great pride in their heritage. They strive to keep their blended culture alive and growing.


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