The 6th Nairobi International Cultural Festival was held on Saturday at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi.

Twelve countries participated in the event: Thailand, Mexico, Botswana, Japan, Republic of Korea, Somali, Switzerland, Iran, Germany, Turkey, Sudan and China. They set up booths to display their home cultural products.

Speaking at the event, Li Xuhang, charge d'affairs of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said the International Cultural Festival offers an opportunity to foster friendly relations and understanding between locals and the international community.

"It has become an important international event in Nairobi, which serves to demonstrate the diversity and inclusiveness of Kenya," he said.

Strengthening the people-to-people bond is one of the five major elements of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, he said, adding that the event offers a good opportunity to further promote cultural exchanges and mutual understanding not only between China and Kenya, but also between Kenya and many others.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi, the first of its kind on the African Continent, staged a performance of the lion dance and Chinese traditional dance at the festival.