The 2017 Lamu Art Festival (LAF) aims to promote and encourage artistic endeavors, education and art appreciation in Lamu County. LAF will celebrate and showcase local traditional artisans while introducing international and national artists to the area from all mediums of the arts world including musicians from the county and further afield.
The arts play a crucial role in preserving the rich cultural fabric of Lamu society by storytelling with visual arts, poetry, and calligraphy as well as expressing heritage and tradition with wood carving and furniture-making, boat building and jewelry making, weaving and sewing. Lamu is unmatched by the rest of Kenya for its talented artisans due to centuries of trade.
This year’s art festival will focus on the painters retreat (LPF) organized by Herbert Menzer, one of Lamu’s founders and sponsors of cultural events. The 40+ artists from Europe and Kenya will unite in Kenya’s top coastal destination to celebrate their skills by capturing unique landscapes, life and traditions of the island through their various mediums and artistic representation. All of them will live and stay in the fishermen’s village of Shela and mingle with local Shela life.
The plein air artists of the Lamu Painters Festival (LPF) will paint outdoors from 2nd to 17th Feb throughout Lamu island, Manda and Pate and showcase their work at the Baitil Aman Hotel, Shela, from early February. Art lovers are invited anytime to walk in. The Lamu Painters Festival will join the LAF from 17th to 19th Feb for the grand exhibition at Lamu Fort.
A different number of artists are working up to 6 weeks as artists in residency exclusively for the LAF exhibition. The LAF exhibition is about all media used by the visual arts and showcase paintings, sculptures and installations.
Marc Einsiedel & Felix Krull
Juliana Bastos Oliveira, born 1985, from Portugal, lives and works in Hamburg/Germany.
Eveline van der Griend
Fitsum Berhe Woldebianos
Doc Pavel Kratochvil, born 1949 in Prag/Czechia, masterclass of Jürgen Leippert.
Piet Groenendijk, Lamu Seafront, Oil on Canvas, 40x70cm
Manja Jordans, Netherlands, studied at Wackers Academie.