Press Accreditation

Press Accreditation

Please read these notes before completing the application form (below)
Advance registration is mandatory for all media professionals; it will not be possible to apply on site.


Accreditation is granted only to professionals assigned by recognised media. You may be required to provide evidence from the editor of your organisation confirming you are assigned to cover the festival.

Ordinarily, accreditation is limited to THREE places per media organisation.

There are THREE types of Press accreditation: PRESS pass, PHOTO pass, VIDEO pass. Please apply for the one that is correct for you. Places are limited and we cannot change your pass after it is issued.

PRESS pass benefits

  • Admission (as public) to the festival
  • interviews with festival artists (by arrangement)
  • use of festival press centre
  • access to press conferences
  • access to Movers & Shakers networking sessions
  • free use of official festival photographs for publication (see conditions)

PHOTO pass benefits

  • as PRESS pass (see above), plus:
  • permission to take professional photos of the event
  • use of tripod
  • access to the photographers’ pit (immediately in front of the stage)

VIDEO pass benefits

  • as PHOTO pass (see above), plus:
  • permission to shoot professional video of the event
  • use of ancillary equipment eg microphone, tripod-stand, extra lighting
  • more than one person, “additional crew”


  • No drones allowed
  • On stage or backstage access is not allowed
  • Professional film crews operating outside the Old Fort will need a film permit from the Zanzibar Government Department of Information.
  • passes can only be used by the accredited individual, i.e. they cannot be transferred to another person
  • In the event of misuse, the festival reserves the right to revoke accreditation at any time.
  • Due to limited budget, we are unable to support travel, accommodation or subsistence expenses for accredited media.

Applying for Press Accreditation

Apply for Press Accreditation

Since 24 January, applications for festival press accreditation are no longer being accepted.

Please note space is limited; not all press applications can be accommodated.
You will receive an automatic email to acknowledge your application.
Confirmation emails will be sent by Thursday 31 January 2022.


Sauti za Busara 2021


African passport/ E.A. Resident

TZ Citizen


USD 60

USD 30

10,000/- TSh


USD 120

USD 60

50,000/- TSh

VIDEO pass

to be agreed

to be agreed

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Please note facilitation fees are necessary to help cover expenses and to continue bringing great African musicians to the festival stage. Your understanding and support is appreciated.

A limited number of complimentary press passes is available at the discretion of festival management.

Preference for complimentary passes is given to media who support and promote Sauti za Busara in advance, or who have previously covered the event. Providing links to earlier festival coverage will help enhance your application.

Since 24 January, applications for festival press accreditation are no longer being accepted.

In case of questions, and to arrange one-to-one interviews, please contact Festival Press Coordinator: