Janjanbureh Kankurang Festival 2022

The Kankurang Festival in Janjanbureh can be described as the display of culture and tradition, skills and talents, love, and togetherness in the community of Janjanbureh. Because of the demand for a new form of tourism that is more culturally and community-based the Janjanbureh, Kankurang festival is here to provide that experience for you...
5th Janjanbureh Kankurang festival is scheduled from the 28th of January to the 30th of January 2022. It will provide a unique experience to visitors showcasing the unique cultural expression of the Kankurang and other masking traditions of West Africa. The Festival attracts more and more visitors who would like to experience an intangible authentic cultural heritage.

Janjanbureh is located in the Central River Region.  It is also where the slave house was located during slavery.

Kankurang is a general term used to name the Mandinka traditional mask. Mandinkas have different types of masks and each of them has its own purpose or duty towards the community.  Each tribe has a name for its traditional mask. 

The Kankurang Festival was founded by the Janjanbureh Youth Development committee.  Being the town with a big Kankurang museum, this great idea was developed and commenced in 2018. The 1st edition was a successful event after which the festival was marked as a yearly event on The Gambian calendar. Every year in January, the town of Janjanbureh hosts the Kankurang festival.
At this festival, you will be able to see the different masquerades from various tribes in The Gambia. Their history and their role in society.  Every year many masquerade performers from different parts of the country attend the festival. They come with their traditional musical instruments and instrumentalists.

The “Jamba Kankurang”, the “Fambondi”, the “Zimba”, the “Hunting” etc can all be seen performing in this festival.  These masquerades are from the following tribes Mandinka, Wollof, and Aku, etc.

If you want to experience the unique feel of these traditional displays this is the right event to be at. If you have missed this year’s festival and you will want to be there next year, be sure to be in the Gambia in late January.

We will organize 3 nights/4 days program in collaboration with accommodation providers in Janjanburreh, local tour operator and Janjanbureh tourist guide association for all of those willing to experience Janjanbureh, its history, culture, wildlife, community tourism and more.  

The program will include all: transport, accommodation, food, festival tickets, guided tours, tips, kayaking, boat trips… A detailed program will be published in our November’s issue. 

It will be one of your most unforgettable experiences. 

If you are interested to join us, please send e-mail to info@my-gambia.com

Special note: due to limited options of accommodation, there are limited spaces available. 

“Let culture bring us together”

Are you planning to visit The Gambia?

We live in The Gambia and we are happy to help you to plan your holidays. By choosing us, your time, your most valuable asset will be fulfilled with creative suggestions about where to go and what to do. You will know you are making the right choice because we are spending a lot of time on the road ourselves; scouting out new places, deepening relationships with locals involved, and finding places to eat, enjoy and stay. 

Your questions and requests will be considered individually by one of our experts. We will provide you with a wide range of information about activities you can choose to make your stay more vivid. You will have the assistance of a person, which will be there for you, will provide information to the details and use all the knowledge to make your trip memorable. 

Get everything set for your vacation and travel without worries. 

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