Lamu island community has a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle, but when the Cultural Festival arrives everyone is suddenly in a rush. In order to encourage cultural perseverance as well as being just pure fun, several competitions are organized.
First of all, the donkey race takes place and is one of the most anticipated event. The winner is full of pride during the whole year to come. Next, the traditional dhow races are organised and cross-country race along the waterfront is another activity to showcase the strength of local people. Moreover, the festival includes numerous poetry readings, music performances and playing the ancient Bao, which is probably the oldest known game in human history!