The Marsabit Lake Turkana Festival , which will be held from the 29th to 31st of May  2015 is a conglomerate of 14 communities that forms the bulk of the larger Marsabit County’s populace. The theme of the festival is “Building resilience and growth through cultural heritage”.
The festival was proposed by the local communities who reside on the Eastern shores of Lake Turkana in Marsabit County. It was initiated in the year 2008 and has since been an annual event.
The event will feature unique performances and cultural traditions of 14 ethnic communities which live in Marsabit County: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Gabra, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Garee, Waata, Burji and Somali. The presentation of the customs and living conditions of the fourteen tribes, their spectacular traditional costumes, arts and crafts, dances and music is a unique and fascinating experience – in particular in light of the stunning geographical characteristics and the limited general knowledge about the Lake Turkana and Marsabit County.
At first glance, this sounds like a light culture entertainment programme but the three days event will serve a deeper purpose in the region. The Marsabit-Lake Turkana Cultural Festival gives all the communities in Marsabit County an opportunity for the cross-cultural interaction, harmony, cohesion, integration, cooperation and trading. The underlying main goal, therefore, has been and continues to be, promotion of peace and reconciliation.
Below is the programme for the festival:



Time Activity Venue
7.00-9.00 AM Rock Art Tour (4km North of Loiyangalani Town Marti
9.30-11.30 AM Visit to Elmolo Village and Shrine at the Island Layeni Village
12.00-2.00 PM Lunch
2.40-4.00 PM Public swimming- Lake Turkana Public Beach-Nakuro
4.00-6.00 PM Viewing of artefacts at the Desert Museum and Cultural Talks Desert Museum
6.00-6.40 PM Sundowner and welcoming cocktail party at the Desert Museum Desert Museum
7.00-8.00 PM Plenary discussion of this year’s theme at Cultural Site Desert Museum
8.30-10.00PM Cultural Groups Performance Cultural Site





Time Activity Venue
7.30-9.00 AM Boat racingMoran Race

Wrestling and Bao Game

Lake-Desert MuseumLoiyangalani

Cultural Site

10.00-12.00 Noon Welcoming Chief Guest at Air Strip, Cultural dances and Milking a Camel Air Strip
1.00-2.00 PM Lunch
2.00-6.30 PM Official opening of the festival, Cultural dances and speeches Cultural Site
7.30 PM to dawn Music by Local artists and fashion show at the Cultural Site Cultural Site
For travel,accommodation  and more details visit the festival website:
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