Arts Exhibition & Emerson Zanzibar Visual Arts Award

Art Exhibition Opens – 17 July at 4pm (then daily 9am-4pm)

The opening of the art exhibition will take place on 17 July 2021 at 4pm and the exhibition will then be open for visitors, free entry, 9am-4pm daily until 30 July 2021. 

The exhibition will be curated by Luba Roshchyna.

First Emerson Zanzibar Visual Arts Award – 26 July 2021

On Monday the 26th of July 2021, the Emerson Zanzibar Foundation will hand out its first Visual Arts Award (more details to follow).

Emerson Zanzibar Art Exhibition

Participating Artists

In March 2021, Emerson Zanzibar put out a call for all visual artists to participate in several workshops in preparation for this joint exhibition. Luba Roshchyna led these workshops and motivated the artists in the way leading up to their participation in the exhibition. To celebrate its initiation, the Emerson Zanzibar Foundation launched its very first Visual Arts Award, with the winner announced and award presentation in the week of the exhibition. Currently over 35 artists are participating in the monthly workshops leading up to the exhibition.

The Art Exhibition is curated by Luba Roshchyna

How this online gallery works:

  • To view each artist and bio just click on the Artist’s image. 
  • The bio will be visible for a while, then disappears (on a mobile tap once and wait).
  • To re-read their bio just move your mouse or on a mobile just touch the image again. 
  • Swipe right to see the next artist in alphabetical order.
  • You can share each of the images to social media, if you wish.

Celebrating Art – Art Exhibition & Artists’ Stories

The Art Exhibition, opening on 17 July 2021 at 4pm will be free for visitors, 9am-4pm daily until 30 July 2021. On our Social Media channels and on our website we will be featuring each of the Visual Arts Award partcipants who will display their work at the exhibition.

Celebrating Cuisine Fund Raising Dinner

On Friday 30 July 2021, Emerson Zanzibar chefs will collaborate with guest chefs to prepare a special dinner to raise funds for the activities of the Emerson Zanzibar Foundation. It will be an evening of music too, with different artists sharing their talents.

Celebrating Music with Live Performances

On several nights, throughout All Things Emerson Zanzibar, live music will be performed in the Secret Garden at Emerson Spice, as well as in the Tea House restaurant at Emerson on Hurumzi. Numerous talented Zanzibari musicians will perform live, styles varying from traditional Taarab music to original fusion.

Celebrating Visual Arts – ZIFF Film Festival

This year’s Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) will take place from 21 to 25 July in the Old Fort in Stone Town. As always, the Emerson Zanzibar Foundation will hand out the annual Film Award to support the creative development of an upcoming Zanzibari film maker.

Stay Tuned for more details – #AllThingsEZ

Stay tuned for more information about All Things Emerson Zanzibar on our website and social media channels. We warmly invite you to join and celebrate with us, either with us in Zanzibar, or to stay connected here and follow the stories and the updates as they happen.

Find out more about the preparations for the Art Exhibition. In the months preceding this exhibition, artists have participated in workshops with different themes. Luba Roshchyna led the workshops and brought together the artists for an opportunity to share their experiences and move a step further together as an artist community.

Read the two-part interview with Art Exhibition Curator and Artist, Luba Roschyna and find out more about her background, her vision for the event now and in the future, and her vision for the progression of art in Zanzibar.

Watch a video that captures the essence of the opening of the Art Exhibition on 17 July 2021.  

Guest of Honor: Hon. Mudrik Soraga, Minister of State in the President’s Office, Labour, Economy & Empowerment and our special Guest: Nd. Khamis Said, Deputy Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth & Sports

Video by: Nassder Art  Instagram & Facebook

Celebrating Local Artists

Artists join Emerson Zanzibar to create a new award, inspiring local creativity

Last year during Covid Emerson Zanzibar started holding art exhibitions in a different way to how they had been done previously. These were in-depth and curated exhibitions, styled around a live interview with the artist. Everyone was welcomed in Emerson Zanzibar style – from the few, curious tourists to residents, to invited special guests – with fresh hibiscus juice, ginger tea, local snacks and sweets lovingly made by the hotel’s chef.

A group of artists approached Emerson Zanzibar with the request to organise an exhibition with both established and young, upcoming artists – to provide an opportunity for well established artists to share their experiences and for the young a chance to show their work publicly.

The group proposed to use Emerson Zanzibar as the theme of the exhibition. In a discussion it was agreed that this should also embrace the variety of cultural talents that make up Emerson Zanzibar. The idea grew from visual art, expanding to creativity in music, and a special dinner planned to share the creativity in gastronomy.

Emerson Zanzibar is not just hotels and restaurants; since our doors opened, Emerson Zanzibar has been very closely connected to the creative sector. And so the theme became ‘All Things Emerson Zanzibar’.

All Things Emerson Zanzibar

Find out about some of  ‘All Things Emerson Zanzibar‘ events taking place between 17 to 30 July 2021