The Lamin Koto School in Kuntaur village, Gambia, a charitable project that was funded by donations of past passengers and Variety Cruises. In 2010 our West Africa cruise became a unique opportunity to get involved with local communities when we discovered the need to provide additional education infrastructure to the village of Lamin Koto by the Gambian River.
In 2014 as part of our passion to support the education of The Gambia, Variety Cruises initiated the Kuntaur Film Festival. The Festival was born from a wish to bring the cinema experience to villages in The Gambia with limited or no access to electricity. Focus lies on sharing educational and classical films from all over the globe with local communities, with children at the forefront being the overwhelming majority. An abandoned skill center in Kuntaur with a missing roof provided the ideal first setting for the ultimate outdoors cinema experience. The Festival’s mission as it continues to grow is to connect Global Film Communities within The Gambia, and to provide a platform for emerging talent.