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Rusinga Festival or rather Rusinga Cultural Festival is an annual two-day celebration of the culture of the Abasuba people of Kenya. It is held on the last Thursday and Friday before Christmas on Rusinga Island. The festival was founded by Anne Eboso and administered through Chula Cultural Foundation.
In the western Kenya tourism circuit this is a major event, attracting visitors from all corners of the country.
It is a celebration of the Suba culture. They celebrate through music, sport and food. The event attracts a large following with foreign and local visitors making their way to enjoy all there is at the festival. You may know there is no perfect visit to areas around Lake Victoria without action packed boat racing. It is one of those activities which will leave you amazed. The boats racing across the causeway are not engine run but the traditional African boats (canoes) navigated with a paddle.
If you are attending the festival you must make a visit to the nearby Tom Mboya mausoleum, one of Kenya’s outstanding statesmen.
What awaits you at the Rusinga Cultural Festival 2017
- White Sandy beaches at Takawiri Island
- A ferry ride across three Lake Victoria Islands of Rusinga, Takawiri & Mfangano
- Watch the fishermen haul in your meal fresh from Lake Victoria and watch the Suba chef’s whip it into a rich traditional recipe
- Watch locals strut the catwalk showing off traditional Suba attire
- Enjoy a great book on Chula Foundation’s floating library
- Tour the Late Tom Mboya Masoleum and Abasuba Peace Museum
- Buy handmade crafts and baskets made from Hyacinth, in an effort to clean and restore Lake Victoria
- Witness 3,000 years of rock art in the Caves on Rusinga Island
- For bird watchers this is your chance to see 40 endangered bird species right on Rusinga Island
- Enjoy an endless plethora of fresh fruits from Mfangano Island
- Witness the beauty of Rusinga Island strut it out for Mr. & Miss Rusinga title in rich Suba cultural attire
- Be serenaded by the sounds of some of the richest traditional Suba music and dance
- By the bonfire you’ll traverse into world’s unknown with rich Suba Folklore and tradition from the tales of Gor Mahia to Lwanda Magere with Zamaleo
- Cheer on your favourite teams in traditional Suba boat racing on the lake, men and women tug of war and wrestling that would put WWE to shame.
- Discussions on pertinent issues of devolution, socio-economic development and cultural preservation revolving around the Suba lifestyle