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Sauti za Busara

A cultural landmark in Zanzibar since 2003, Sauti za Busara is one of the biggest festivals of its sort in East Africa, showcasing music and musicians of all genres – taarab, jazz, Afro-pop or bongo flava – from...

Cultural in Makunduchi

Mwaka Kogwa

Mwaka Kogwa is a four-day festival held in Makunduchi, usually in late July. It's a distinctly Zanzibari event and thought to originate in Zoroastrianism. During the festivities villagers have mock battles, with...

Cultural in Zanzibar Town

Zanzibar International Film Festival

Zanzibar's film festival celebrates and nurtures arts from East Africa and Indian Ocean countries as diverse as India, Iran and Madagascar. For 16 days venues around Zanzibar Town host a wide range of screenings,...

Cultural in Zanzibar Town

Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival

A long weekend of words and music – jazz, blues, poetry and storytelling – every year, with performances at the Old Fort and Livingstone Beach Restaurant in Zanzibar Town.

Cultural in Dar es Salaam

Goat Races

Each September, have a flutter on Dar's finest racing goats. If your billy goat comes first you get the cash; if not, your money goes to support charities.

Food & Drink in Dar es Salaam

Nyama Choma

The largest barbecue block party in East Africa, this quarterly festival showcases the skills of Dar’s finest pit-masters alongside live bands, soccer matches and a kids' corner.

Cultural in Dar es Salaam

Swahili Fashion Week

Get a heads-up on Tanzania's sartorial trends at this annual fashion show, which serves as the largest platform for East African designers.