Kenya’s most ancient town garners attention

This year’s edition of the Lamu Painters Festival, which ends on Sunday, February 15, has once again generated local and international attention for Kenya’s most ancient town.

Thanks to many individuals, the Shella Welfare Group, and notably Herbert Mentzer, the founder of the festival, the Lamu Painters Festival once again will take place in Lamu this year for its 3rd edition.

Over the coming days, several events are scheduled to take place between tomorrow and Sunday when the festival ends. There will be “action painting” involving 14 painters at the Peponi Hotel; an exhibition of oils, watercolors, charcoals, and sketches; and a Dhow Race with entertainment as well.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Bridges to Africa,” and artists are coming from Europe and beyond to participate in capturing Lamu’s special appeal, which takes visitors back in time. The Lamu architecture is unique, and at the waterfront dhows are still being built using nothing but wood and sisal ropes.