Lamu Cultural Festival 2016 attracts over 1 lakh visitors

Published on : Tuesday, November 15, 2016

lamu-cultural-festivalThe 16th edition of the Lamu Cultural Festival turned out to be a huge success. This year’s event was the biggest yet in terms of attendance attracting over 100,000 visitors.

 

The weeklong 2016 Lamu Cultural Festival featured Swahili poetry, traditional dances, Henna paintings, donkey races, dhow races, swimming competitions and the Swahili bridal ceremony, among other activities.

 

The Festival which began on Thursday and ended on Sunday proved profitable for the businessmen, especially hoteliers, boat operators and small-scale traders and fishermen in the Lamu archipelago.

 

Lamu County Acting Trade, Culture and Tourism Executive Khamis Kaviha said to the Nation, “The Lamu Cultural Festival has been a popular, growing, fantastic event.”

 

“Our intention is to improve all the events held in Lamu since Lamu is an Island of Festivals.”

 

Ghalib Alwy, the Lamu Cultural Festival Promotional Group chairman, said that the latest event was a “massive success”, adding that shops, cafes, pubs and hotels have greatly benefited.

 

‘I am impressed by the 16th edition of the Lamu Cultural Festival. It has seen most traders incurring huge profits including myself,” said Alwy.

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