From 24 to 26 May 2013, the Lake Turkana Festival will take place in Loiyangalani for the sixth consecutive year. The event will feature unique performances and demonstrations of ten ethnic communities which live in the Lake Turkana region: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanach, Ghabra, Borana, Konso, Wata and Burji. Beyond the presentation of cultural dances and traditions of the participating communities, this year’s festival will also focus on economic development courtesy of the Loiyangalani community, National Museums of Kenya, Private Safaris (K) Ltd and the German Embassy.
The festival seeks to promote peace and reconciliation in the area. It also provides a platform during which actors from the region as well as investors from the private sector, expatriates, government authorities, non-governmental organisations and other institutions come together, discuss major challenges pertaining to the Turkana Basin, explain projects and ideas and actively engage in developing Northern Kenya sustainability.