The Sisibo Cultural Festival, got off to colourful start at the TAC centre grounds in Eldoret on Tuesday.
Inaugurating the festival, Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago said the event will be an avenue for cohesion, integration and a perfect opportunity of embracing diversity, sustaining and preserving cultures.
Governor Mandago however, challenged the Ministry of Culture and the Kenya Tourism Board to support activities that seek to enhance traditions of various communities.
He pointed out that unique traditions of communities living in the country has a potential to help boost the country’s Tourism sector.
The County Boss further asked the Kenya Tourism Board to add Kenyans traditions as one of the tourist attractions that they market to the outside the world.
“Most people know Kenya as a tourist destination for Wildlife and beaches but we need to add our unique traditions and we will be able to double the figures for tourists that we receive annually by over 1.5 million,” Mandago said.
Uasin Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno on his part called for locals living in Uasin Gishu to emulate the good things from each community that will help enhance cohesion and unity.
The County CEC Joseph Kurgat in charge of Culture said the cultural festival, that has brought together over 100 exhibitors, will be an annual event.
The one week event themed Our Culture Our Pride, started Monday and will run upto Friday.
Participants are showcasing their cultural heritage through songs and dance, food, herbal exhibitions, art and craft, fashion and cultural ceremonies, sporting activities, and other traditional practices.