Lake Turkana Festival 2014

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The Lake Turkana cultural Festival will take place for the 7th consecutive year in Loyangalani town; on the shores of the awe-inspiring Jade Sea in June 2014 (actual festival dates 13-15 June 2014). This year’s event is co-organized by the County Government of Marsabit, Local Community Festival Committee, Kenya Tourism Board, National Museums of Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Service. The festival among others aims to promote cross-cultural interactions; Heritage Tourism, cooperation and better understanding between different ethnic groups by enabling people embrace cultural diversity and overcome stereotypes and negative ethnicity. It also strives to promote culture as a means of economic empowerment through shared and eco-friendly use of natural resources. It is here where the 10 ethnic groups of the Lake Turkana region; El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanach, Ghabra, Borana, Konso, Wata and Burji demonstrate through song and dance their unique differences and traditions. In this remote and forgotten region; we are also made aware of the challenges faced by these minority tribes which include drought, environmental challenges, poor infrastructure and wrangling amongst each other. Thus whilst we awe at their impressive dress and ornaments and study their artifacts and way of life in the dramatic landscape that makes up the north of Kenya; the underlying goal remains and continues to be the promotion of peace and furthermore the appreciation of these fascinating tribes This year’s theme “Mobilizing cultural diversity for cohesion and socio-economic development” is devoted to promotion of peace and cohesion particularly with a view to healing the wounds of the people affected by the recent ethnic clashes in Moyale sub-county.