Events in Stone Town 2021

All Things Emerson Zanzibar 17-30 July 2021

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 – Click Here

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.

Sauti za Busara Zanzibar Festival 2021

Sauti za Busara Festival 2021 is to be held for two nights at the Old Fort; Friday & Saturday.

However Emerson Zanzibar in collaboration with artists performing at the event have added Thursday and Sunday to make a full four nights of music.

If you want to join us a day earlier and stay a day extra you can definitely make it a real long weekend. Just…. spoil yourself.  See our special 4-nights B&B Festival Package with Xtra concert on Thursday:

Find Tickets to Sauti za Busara here 

Sauti za Busara 2021 & Emerson Zanzibar Programme

Wednesday 10 February 2021

16.00 – 17.30 Emerson Zanzibar Foundation Music Award performances and assessment in the open-air bandstand at Forodhani – Entrance free of charge

Thursday 11 February 2021

16.30 – 17.30 Busara Xtra – Dufu performance at Emerson on Hurumzi – Entrance free of charge

20.00 – 22.30 Busara Xtra – Makadem & Kirundo band in Secret Garden (social distance guidelines observed) – Entrance fee: 20,000 Tshs – all entrance fees go straight to the musicians

Friday 12 February 2021 & Saturday 13 February 2021

Sauti za Busara music festival in the open-air at the Old Fort – tickets available from the Sauti za Busara website

Saturday 13 February 2021

20.00 Emerson Zanzibar Foundation Music Award will be handed out on the Sauti za Busara stage in the Old Fort.

Step into the Soul of Zanzibar

Stone Town is a thriving, historic and cosmopolitan place. There is always something going on.  Emerson Zanzibar hotels and restaurants are at the heart of the many of the annual events in Stone Town 2020 – Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar Film Festivals and Food Festivals.

There are also our hosted weekly or daily events; live music performances with talented local musicians and bands, art exhibitions and many other cultural, community events.

The Princess Salme Museum is next to the Emerson on Hurumzi Hotel.  The magical, mysterious and romantic story of the Princess of a Sultan, who lifted the veil on the royal family life by writing a book, her artifacts and secrets are to be found in the  museum.

Don’t miss out, please follow our social media channels to keep up-to-date with the very latest in what is happening in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

 Please Follow and Like Us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube:


Step into the Soul of Zanzibar

Authentic Music and Live Events


Zanzibar Film Festival

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is East Africa’s largest film and arts festival, exhibiting the latest and best films and promoting film talents from across the African continent and beyond.
For its 22nd edition the festival is delighted to announce the new heads of ZIFF, influential South African film duo Faith Isiakpere the new CEO, and Firdoze Bulbulia, the Festival Director.
They will lead the festival’s extensive programme of work across film, performance, music, workshops and children’s events, as well as the large-scale outdoor films in the amphitheatre at the Old Fort for which the festival is renowned. The pair will also add and develop new elements, curating innovative pop-up events and providing training in media literacy, film curation and filmmaking within Tanzania, ensuring that the festival continues to act as a flagship arts organisation for East Africa.


Stone Town Food Festival

Aiming to showcase the town’s offerings, from traditional Swahili cuisine through new additions from other countries, as well as vendors and producers of interesting fare.
Also striving to increasing food and nutritional awareness, inspired by the UN World Food Day, the food festival will be held each year around October 16.
The Stone Town Food Festival is an informal collaboration between Stone Town restaurants each offering a special two course menu throughout the week, including also any cultural expression, be it art, music or what ever each establishment wishes to display.
In addition there will be a pop up event in Forodhani Gardens, each participant displaying and selling their foods, the diversity of participants promising a large display of varying food styles.