Swahili Encounters: Four days of artistic collaborations, for invited local and visiting musicians who get to reinterpret Swahili songs and present these on main stage. See Swahili Encounters.
Seminars and Training Workshops: building skills for artists, managers, music journalists, filmmakers, sound and lighting technicians from the East Africa region.
Movers & Shakers: Daily networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals.
African Music Films: For four nights starting Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th February, the Old Fort’s Amphitheatre will be turned into the African Music Film Cinema. Come and watch under the stars the best music videos and shorts from the continent between 7pm and 8pm. Then at 8.20pm and 9:50pm two feature length African Music documentaries will be screened nightly from Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania & Zanzibar. Click here for more information
Festival marketplace: local food and drinks, music, jewellery, clothing and handicrafts.
Busara Xtra: Around the festival, the island is buzzing with a range of fringe events: traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestras are all arranged by the local community. See Busara Xtra.