Lake Turkana Festival, 2014

Marti site
Photo: TARA Chairman – David Coulson, giving a talk at Marti rock art site in Loyangalani.

The Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2014 was held in the dusty town of Loiyangalani which is fast becoming a tourist attraction due to the unique desert environment, the rich cultural lifestyle of the peoples of Lake Turkana and other attractions like the rock art. Loiyangalani means “a place of many trees” in the Samburu Language. This year’s theme was “Embracing cultural diversity for cohesion and social-economic development”.

Deputy President
Photo: The Deputy President Hon. William Ruto, rewarding Miss Tourism Marsabit.

The event was co-organized by the County Government of Marsabit, Local Community Festival Committee, Kenya Tourism Board, National Museums of Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Service. The event featured performances and cultural traditions of at least twelve ethnic communities which live in Marsarbit County: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Gabra, Burji, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Garee,and Waata. Deputy President Hon. William Ruto was Chief Guest, the event was presided by Marsabit County Governor Ukur Yatani.

Turkana story
Photo: Samburu Warriors at the festival.

TARA’s participation was supported by the Christensen Fund and the Lundin Foundation.  TARA Chairman David Coulson, led dozens of guests to Marti rock art site, where he gave a presentation about the rock art and its importance. Josiah Kabiru, Kerstin Rust, John Githinji and Wanjiku Mwangi were also part of the TARA Team.

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