Events in Stone Town 2020

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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.

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Africa’s leading Festival

Sauti za Busara

Sauti za Busara, one of Africa’s leading festivals has confirmed the dates for next year’s edition at the Ngome Kongwe and excitement is building especially with the release of a unique line-up that was made public a fortnight ago.

Organisers of what is billed to be East Africa best festival says there is more to the 2020 edition of the Sauti za Busara because it falls on Valentine’s Day.

Just like in the recent past the selection process took time with hundreds of applications being received from across the world.

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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.