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International Roots Festival

By the Ministry of Tourism and Culture
6th -13th May 2016 (2nd week)
Biennial

Description

The Gambia′s most popular international festival. Organized once in every two years, the festival programme is characterized by visits to heritage sites relating to slavery; the futampaf, a Jola traditional initiation/ rites of passage ceremony from youth to adulthood in which visitor’s can partake; and diverse cultural performances.

Cultural Significance

This is designed to encourage and provide opportunity for Africans in the Diaspora to re-discover their roots and re-connect, re-affirm and re-embrace their ancestral identity.

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