ZANZIBAR MUSIC FESTIVALS

ZIFF FESTIVAL


Ziff Festival of the Dhow Countries
Ziff presents the annually festival of the Dhow Countries during the fast week of July. The festival celebrates the arts and cultures of the African continent, the Gulf States, Iran, India, Pakistan, and of cause the Islands of Indian Ocean. Collectively known as the Dhow Countries. The concept of the festival is an international film programme consisting of both competition and non competition screenings.

Fiction and documentary productions compete for the festival’s Golden and Silver Dhow Awards. As the focal event for East Africa, the festival program includes a variety of film industry events and workshops. Other activities and events include music, theatre and dance performances and exhibitions. The festival’s world music program features artists from Tanzania alongside international writers and publishers. There are also workshops and seminars for women and children, and village panoramas which reach about 40 villages across the Zanzibar islands of unguja and Pemba.

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