Businesses gain as Lamu cultural festival starts

Donkey racing during last year’s Lamu cultural event. file PHOTO | NMG
Donkey racing during last year’s Lamu cultural event. file PHOTO | NMG 

Lamu town came to life on Thursday following the start of the annual cultural festival that has attracted thousands of local and international tourists.

Businesses made a kill as the participants were entertained by various groups to celebrate Lamu’s culture, history and customs.

Various institutions including Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Maritime Authority, Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor, KenGen, Communications Authority of Kenya, Skyward Express and Gulf African Bank showcased their activities.

Apart from cultural displays, there were dances, donkey races, dhows competition, swimming, football and performances by various artists that were to continue until mid night.

Visitors also enjoyed traditional cuisines.

Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa whose architecture was influenced by European, Middle East and Indian culture.

The town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas and elaborately carved wooden doors.

The festival has grown to become among the world’s famous cultural ones to be held at a UNESCO world heritage city and is big boost to local economy.

More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the cultural festival.