Taarab music, traditional Swahili dance displays, photographic exhibitions, donkey canoe and dhow races among other cultural activities - are lined-up to take centre stage during the Lamu Cultural Festival.

The unique, annual fete slated to begin between 26th to 29h November 2015, is expected to bring together hundreds of enthusiasts - both locals and tourists. Typically, revellers and visitors flock the County, eager to sample and be part of the annual melting pot, which seemingly brews its timeless celebrations of the ancient island rich's heritage.

A series of events are billed to stir up the typically quiet, and alluring white sandy beaches dotting the archipelago.

Since 2001, the Cultural Promotion Group, a community based organization, has been co-ordinating the festival. According to the event's organizers, the fete was initiated "..to constructively respond to global and local changes, then having an increasingly negative impact on Lamu's culture and economy."

The core vision of the festival aims at ensuring hence empowering local residents to take pride in their heritage, share it, as well as safeguard its relevance it for future generations.

Since its inception, the interest generated by the festival has helped rekindle the spirit of brotherliness amongst residents of the relatively cosmopolitan County. More importantly, the annual event helps to revitalize the locals' flagging economy.

Indeed, the Cultural Festival is the biggest event in Lamu and has previously attracted over 30,000 visitors. Notably, the fete also instills a sense of pride in the youth of Lamu to value their living culture, passed on over generations.

It is important to note that the inaugural festival in 2001, coincided with the year that also saw the Lamu Old Town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Festival activities take place over 4 days to showcase shared heritage and musical traditions from civilizations that have influenced the Swahili culture over the centuries.

Past editions of the festival tend to also showcase a swahili bridal ceremony, complete with vugo songs performances and poetic recitals. The highlight is symbolic of a pre-wedding party, whose attendance is restricted to the bride's female friends and visiting womenfolk.

Equally popular at the annual fete - are food bazaars whereby sumptuous and mouth-watering meals are served and sold. Collectively, these activities offer a modern sample of time-honoured traditions set amidst a rich backdrop of the beauty and splendour of the Lamu Island.