This Year’s Edition Of Lamu Arts Festival Kicks Off

The ethereal Lamu town is the oldest living town in East Africa with loads of beautiful sites to take in and lot of cultures.

The Lamu Tourism Body; Discover Lamu has a thriving calendar filled with religious, sports and cultural festivals that happen all year. Can other counties borrow a leaf already? There is so much to celebrate all around the 254. Lamu boasts yoga, food, arts and cultural festivals that attract plenty of visitors – and the locals share their heritage ever so graciously.

The Lamu Arts Festival, slotted for the 21st of February to 24th… “is a weekend on the coastal island that brings together local and international artists, musicians and craftsmen for 3 days of creative inspiration, learning and pure enjoyment.”


A number of local artistes such as Maina Boniface, Waweru Gichuhi, Peter Ngugi have taken part, alongside international artistes in the past editions. Everywhere you go in Lamu it’s impossible to miss how art impacts their daily lives. From the artwork on doors, calligraphy, heena – there’s enough to inspire anyone and more so artistes.

The UNESCO World Heritage town welcomes a residency of over 40 European and African artists brought to the island for both festivals: the Lamu Painters Festival – LPF and the Lamu Art Festival (LAF).

Apart from art, music plays a big part in the four days of the festival. Idd Aziz, Shamir, Kaya Collective, Nazizi, Maia von Lekow, are some of the artistes who have played previously.

“Orchestre Les Mangelepa will be turning up in Lamu during the art and music festival for a series of unique performances set to celebrate the beauty, diversity and history of this stunning island. 
Throughout the weekend, Orchestre will be supported by the local Taarab band Al Noor Sunny and crew and international DJs Adam Isbell – Racubah and Duncan Brooker – (Strut Records).” Turnup Travel

The bold and beautiful Shela Hat Festival is a parade of creative hats that will take place – a must see!

We can’t wait to see all the beauty and inspiration and we bet neither can you.

Featured image courtesy of Lamu Arts Festival

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