Lamu Cultural Festival set for World Heritage Site of Old Town


Many of the world’s destinations loudly boast an opportunity for the traveler to “enter another world.” Off the shores of Northern Kenya, the island of Lamu offers this experience in its purest form.

Lamu Old Town is a unique and rare historical living heritage with more than 700 years of continuous settlement.

Since its inscription as a World Heritage Site in 2001, the annual Lamu Cultural Festival has been a celebration of the unique Swahili heritage of the Lamu Archipelago.

Organized by the Lamu Cultural Promotion Group, the three-day festival is a showcase of traditional dances, displays of handicraft and competitions on water and land (Swahili poetry, donkey races, dhow races, henna painting), Swahili bridal ceremony, and musical performances.

The Lamu Cultural festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the island’s unspoiled beaches, medieval ambience, architecturally magnificent Old Town, gracious population, and traditions of an enchanted island where history continues to live.