Zanzibar tourism update – Sauti Za Busara, 2 weeks and counting

It is little over two weeks now that East Africas best known and globally acclaimed music and performing arts festival Sauti Za Busara goes underway, from 09th until 12th of February. The festival programme has been finalized weeks ago and was distributed here but this reminder is for all those who are still pondering if to go or not to go, as available seats on flights to Zanzibar, or to Dar es Salaam from where regular ferry services can take travelers across the open waters between the island and the mainland, are selling out fast, as is space in hotels and resorts. Information received therefore from the organizers reads as follows: All is set for the 9th edition of Sauti za Busara music festival celebrating African music 9th 12th February at Zanzibars Old Fort. More than 300 artists (31 groups) will perform on the festival main stage. Check out the festival timetable or download a Festival Programme (pdf 20MB) here!

Tickets are selling fast! The Old Fort has a limited capacity. For peace of mind and to guarantee access to all events we recommend booking your All Festival Pass online (available only until 31st January). With each All Festival Pass or VIP Pass you will receive a complimentary souvenir programme.
The weather forecast for Zanzibar from 8 12 February is hot, hot, hot. Its time to get ready for your trip. See our Visitor Info page for information to make your planning easier, find tips for local accommodation bookings, tours and discounts.

Songlines Festival Tours (Europe) or Zanzibar Festival Tours (North America) can also assist with international travel to the festival. Zanzibars biggest ever CARNIVAL STREET PARADE kicks off 4pm Thurs Feb 9 at Kisonge, near Michenzani Roundabout. All roads lead to Ngome Kongwe, The Old Fort in Stone Town! Dress crazy, wear a mask, a wig, face paints, stilts or feathers. Or join the reki guys with spears and cover yourself head to toe in black engine oil! Whatever you do, dont miss the CARNIVAL STREET

Every afternoon of the festival, we host the Movers & Shakers Networking Forum: a warm semi-informal networking space for industry professionals to discuss, exchange and share ideas on the creative industries in East Africa and beyond. Sessions are free and open to invited local and visiting musicians, managers, venues, promoters, festival organisers, journalists and related professionals. This year we focus on success stories in building sustainability for the arts and new initiatives.
If you are a professional and wish to participate, contact busara
For more info see Movers & Shakers

Time to make those travel plans and come to Zanzibar and what promises once again to be an exciting week of music, dance and films.