Zanzibar beckons travelers with its vibrant festivals that offer a captivating glimpse into the island’s rich culture and traditions. These festivals not only provide entertainment but also foster cultural exchange, making Zanzibar a must-visit destination for those seeking a delightful blend of art, music, history, and gastronomy. Taking part in a local festival will certainly add a plus to your Zanzibar holidays!
Sauti za Busara Music Festival, February
This Swahili music festival takes place in February and is one of the biggest and best-known festivals in East Africa. Creating a blend between music, dance and theatre, many different styles are represented, from traditional taarab to hip-hop. Read more
Seafood Festival, June
This incredible festivities are taking place at Kwendwa Beach usually in June. Brace yourself in the vibrant cultural heritage of Zanzibar through a captivating live performance of the celebrated KIRUA dance, showcasing the island’s traditional artistry. Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey at the Zanzibar Seafood Festival, where seafood enthusiasts and music lovers unite for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Zanzibar International Film Festival, July
Stone Town welcomes the most important cultural event in Zanzibar, with an amazing occasion that explores the cultural heritage of East Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Middle-East, through the art of cinema. With conferences, movies, typical dances and other arts, tourists are sure to enjoy this amazing experience.
Full Moon Party, Monthly
Immerse yourself in the dynamic energy of the Full Moon Party, an exhilarating monthly event that ignites the night. Join the vibrant festivities taking place at Kendwa Rocks Hotel, right on the breathtaking beachfront. Prepare to unleash your inner party animal and forge everlasting memories in this pulsating destination that promises an unforgettable experience.
Soundscapes Zanzi – Techno Music Festival, Varies
Bahrain based Soundscapes has since 2013 hosted a variety of events throughout the year for electronic music fans. The main Soundscapes Zanzi event is usually in February at the organiser’s home base of Paje Beach. Nearby Bwejuu Beach is also used to host events which combine electronic dance music with holistic wellness activities and cultural awareness programs. Performers and DJs from around the world attend, check the organiser’s official website for details on the next event.