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Tanzania is Ready for a Brand New Year
Out with Safari and Poverty, In with Festivals in Tanzania 2017!
Written by Curious on Tanzania
With more than a quarter of its landmass set aside for conservation purposes, it is no wonder that when someone mentions “Tanzania,” visions of extraordinary wildlife, safaris and even impoverished communities come to mind. But a new perspective on Tanzania will take shape in 2017 as many believe the future in travel lies in creative thinking. As people are traveling more and looking for new ways to experience the world on a more personal level, Tanzania is the destination of the future. Here are three events taking place in 2017 that will put Tanzania back on the map for future travelers.
Sauti za Buzara | Zanzibar
Feb 9-12th, 2017
This is a music festival featuring more than 400 artists (40 groups) performing live on three stages in the historical old city of Zanzibar. This festival is highly recommended for those who love cultural immersion at full speed. We guarantee you will be on your feet dancing or listening carefully to beats, breathtaking voices and languages from different parts of the continent. Artists featured will be coming from Ethiopia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Europe, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Seychelles, Morocco, Somaliland and of focus Tanzania.
This festival is a great escape for those who live in the cold countries. A quick six night getaway to the sounds of African drums. We bet your doctor can prescribe it to you and don’t be surprised to see him/her in Zanzibar.
Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)
July 8-16th 2017
Photo courtesy of ZIFF
ZIFF is known as the largest multi-disciplinary art and cultural festival in Africa dedicated to the exhibition of films, music and artistic panoramas.
This nine day festival takes place in July each year. Bringing together people from different corners of the world to enjoy African Cinema. ZIFF is said to be marked with strong traditional customs and a rich heritage of culture with music, traditional dances, and arts and crafts woven throughout. As it takes a village to raise child, this festival requires many villages; it is not only held in one location, but in various venues sponsored by large and small business around Zanzibar Town. Activities include, historical cultural tours, local dining, relaxing on the beach, various workshops, charity events, nightlife, street carnivals, fairs, canoe races, and a bullfight from Pemba.
The Festival theme for this year is “Finding Joy,” and it will be one to remember as ZIFF will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. For the organization, the 20th year mark has been the backbone of many filmmakers, artists and people alike.
TED Global 2017
August 27-30th, 2017 | Arusha
After a decade, TED Global will be returning to Africa and you bet it is going to be in Northern Tanzania, home to one of the seven natural wonders in Africa, the Serengeti plains and the 8th wonder of the world, the ngorongoro crater.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences that highlight experts in their field and various topics. This year’s theme: "Builders. Truth-Tellers. Catalysts." The conference will bring together an incredible group of speakers, dreamers and doers, technologists and entrepreneurs, business leaders and creatives all around the globe to discuss the future of africa and the world.
According to TED Global, bringing back the event to the continent is thought as a reignition of the historical sparks from previous event. This time TED Global looks to invite anyone passionate about the future of Africa, and the future of the world to come and be part of something special.
Activities include: Pre-conference Safari game drives, tours, kickoff cocktail reception, three days of TED Talk session, workshops, outdoor activities and networking. Get more info: https://tedglobal2017.ted.com/?tedtg