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International Roots Festival

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


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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