#RusingaFestival returns to Kenya’s festival scene


(Posted 08th December 2021)

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many social gatherings in Kenya and elsewhere around the world. Kenya’s famous Rusinga Festival was not spared either. The organizers are therefore excited to host their tenth festival edition on 21st and 22nd of December.

Taking place in one of Kenya’s hidden gems on Lake Victoria, the festival offers two days of music, fashion, food, artistry, literature, sports and conversations that take you back in time into the wealth of the Suba Culture.

For the last nine years, the festival has been providing the Abasuba with a platform for cultural expression, public participation, knowledge and cultural exchange while at the same time economically empowering the women and youth. The Suba language and culture are listed as endangered by UNESCO and this is part of the community’s effort to revive it.

Much has changed for the good since 2012 when the festival first opened its doors, but their founding principle remains the same – bridging the gap between cultures is necessary for peace, stability and development.

A decade later, Rusinga Festival has from humble beginnings grown tremendously to become a trademark on the Kenyan cultural festivals scene.

As the country reopens to tourism traffic, the 2021 edition is tailored towards promoting diversity and resilient cultural tourism for inclusive socio-economic development.

Wrote the organizers to ATCNews: ‘As a not-for-profit organization, our resilience is built on you, your audience and all festival lovers. You give us the energy to keep doing what we do. We are deeply grateful for all your support over the years.’

ATCNews has been supporting the festival since it was launched in 2012 and will continue to do so in order to promote Kenya’s wide cultural variety in locations such as the Lake Victoria shores.

While observing all Covid-19 containment measures put in place by the government do the festival organizers look forward to celebrating again after a year of its own kind!

Come experience the rich Suba culture, serenade in the stunning nature on the Suba islands, and savour every sunrise and sunset over Africa’s largest fresh water lake.

Hotel accommodation is available in and around Kisumu but just like flights from Nairobi should be booked and secured at an early stage as the festival period also falls into the immediate pre-festive season when domestic travel within Kenya is also at an annual high.