Lake Turkana Festival 2012
Traditions cultural diversity of the marginalized people was the sparkle of the Lake Turkana festival. The event was jointly organised by the German embassy, the local community festival committee, National museums of Kenya, and Private Safaris.
The three day festival which ran from May 18 to 20 was held at Loiyangalani, a remote town on the shores of Lake Turkana in North Eastern Kenya.
The festival, proposed by the local community in 2008 and jointly organised by the German Embassy, the Local Community Festival Committee, National Museums of Kenya and Private Safaris (K) Ltd sees the coming together of the ten ethnic communities - El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanach, Gabbra, Borana, Konso, Wata and Burji.
The festival is be built around its core, i.e. the presentation of cultural dances and traditions of the participating communities, and cover issues relevant to the region.
For Kenyans as well as for Expatriates, the presentation of the customs and living conditions of the ten 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 region.
The Festival, however, attracts not only individual visitors but it also offers a very special opportunity for partners from the private sector as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations. The whole Turkana region has - until recently - been marginalised politically and economically. According to the "Agenda 2030" as well as a consequence of implementing the new county system, however, the region is set to become more important on a political level and open up to investments. Partnering up with the German Embassy, National Museums of Kenya, Private Safaris and the Local Community of Loiyangalani for the Lake Turkana Festival therefore also provides a unique chance to set foot on unchartered territory and reach out to new markets which are just waiting to be explored. Leave a positive and lasting footprint in the Turkana region!