RUSINGA FESTIVAL – KENYA’S PREMIER PRE FESTIVE SEASON EVENT AT THE LAKE SIDE
(Posted 13th June 2018)
It is now just over six months to go before the annual Rusinga Festival kicks off in Western Kenya, an event which has over the years grown in leaps and bounds and has become a major and of course the last pre-festive season event of its kind in Kenya.
Wrote Anne Eboso, the festival producer, a short while ago to ATCNews.org:
Rusinga Cultural Festival will go down on the 20th and 21st December. Taking place in Rusinga Island – one of Kenya’s hidden gems on Lake Victoria – the festival offers two days of family fun within the picturesque environs of the island. Its two days of nothing but music, fashion, film, food, artistry, literature, sports and conversations that take you back in time into the wealth of the Abasuba people.
The festival is a cultural answer to the question, “Can a people die?” As a result of assimilation and intermarriage with the Luo, the Suba culture has been under pressure and the language is now listed in UNESCO’s Red Book of Endangered Languages (2003).
The Theme of the 2018 Rusinga Festival is Celebrating Diversity. This theme is apt as it comes at a time when bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development. Today, cultural expressions are important in unifying and humanizing people. The festival will explore all these contexts in many creative and cultural forms while at the same time celebrating the African narrative.
Now in its 7th year, the festival has grown tremendously to become a trademark in the Kenyan cultural festivals scene. This edition promises one magnificent party – a cultural feast like no other -with a great mix of excitement and enlightenment plus delicious company.
On 20th and 21st December 2018, the Rusinga Festival lights will be turned on, transforming Rusinga Island into a wonderland. [Visitors] will be left in awe as [they] lap up the rich Suba culture and stunning serenade of nature with every sunset and sunrise over Africa’s largest freshwater lake.
Karibu sana and help us in spreading the word!
True enough has ATCNews.org embraced the festival from its humble beginnings, extending support to an idea which has since taken root and become one of Kenya’s great regional events and the only one of its kind in Western Kenya and along the shores of Lake Victoria.