The Zanzibar International Film Festival 2014 is host to more than film screenings. The 8 day line-up also includes nightly musical performances, visual art exhibitions and more. The focus on Swahili arts & culture is an important element of the festival, especially in light of the historical lack of Swahili art exhibitions.

The music programme is a celebration of the African sound, with top artists from across the continent including Didier Awadi from Senegal, Habib Koite from Mali, and Tanzania’s AY.

Opening Weekend & Women’s Panorama

Opening Parade
June 14th 15:00 Benbela School – Old Fort
Join in the festivities as we officially kick-off ZIFF 2014. The theme for this year’s parade is A Common Destiny – Unite Against Gender Based Violence.

Dhow Race
June 15th, Tembo Hotel Beach 14:00
One of ZIFF’s most popular attractions, come cheer on the Dhows as they race in this exciting event.
 Market & Chill Out CafĂ© – Daily from 10am – 4pm
House of Wonders
Explore the wares on-sale from the women vendors of Zanzibar. Daily entertainment includes the following:

June 17th: Kidumbak Performance
June 18th:  Mrembo tips and tricks 14:00
June 19th: Fashion Show 15:00
June 20th: Music Performance
June 21st: Kidumbak Performance 
June 22nd: Puppet Show

Visual Arts

“Swahili Gift” an Exhibition by Seif Soud
Monday June 16th – 22nd June Double Tree Hilton Hotel
Seif Soud is a Zanzabari born and bred artist who began performaning his craft in 1999 in the Ngome KOngwe Art Precinct in Stonetown Zanzibar.

In this exhibition he paints sites and images that are inspired by Swahili cultural materials, colours and way of life, which fuses to create a lasting impact on the viewer.

Afrika Tutafika Exhibition
June 15 – 18th Old Customs House
This exhibition from the Ugandan design house features African inspired fashion that are made in Uganda from locally sourced materials.

June 19th – 22nd Old Customs House
With this creation on 3 screens, Christine Coulange achieves a long-term multimedia work : 5 years of travel, sound recording, sound and images composition while following musicians, rites and ceremonies in the deserts and the villages, in the islands and the cities all along this big geographic arc which joins up the Mediterranean sea and the Indian Ocean.

It is long journey across the Spice Road, a wide crossing full of sonorous images, rhythms from Egypt to Laos and Malaysia, through Tanzania, Kenya, the Comoros and Zanzibar. We follow the vital lead of rituals, rare and powerful, overwhelming landscapes, every day’s life details… Eyes and ears open to actions and rhythms, to collective ritual practice, to body language, to echoing threnodies, Sisygambis sew together traditional music and surrounding sounds to their own electronic compositions.

Transported by trance music and seams from ancestral and contemporary cultures, the film makers-composers want to transmit through musical and visual sampling the power of gestures, the singularity of ordinary and extraordinary voices, the strength and the beauty of men and women at the other end of our common world.

Music & Performance

Music-wise the festival will feature 13 performing groups with Didier Awadi, the Senegalese maestro performing on the opening night on 14th June. Live music followed by DJ’s will take place every night after the main movie screening in the Old Fort.

Groups from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Egypt are scheduled to entice audiences over the 9 nights of the festival.

All concerts will take place at the Old Fort and tickets are available online at

June 14th. Tamaduni Music (Tanzania), Didier Awadi (Senegal)
June 15th: Cocodo Band (Tanzania), Sauti Sol (Kenya)
June 16th: Raha-T- Zamani (Zanzibar), Warriors From the East (Kenya/Tanzania), Tanuri Group (Egypt)
June 17th: Sisi Na Wew, Madame Faki / Kidumbak (Zanzibar)
June 18th: DCMA (Zanzibar), Ras Innocent Nganyagwa Tanzania)
June 19th: Rico Single (Zanzibar), Mzungu Kichaa (Zanzibar/ Tanzania)
June 20th: Smile (Zanzibar),Grace Matata (Tanzania),  Comoros, Makamando
June 21st : ZIFF After Party with Godykaozya & The Tongwa Ensemble (Tanzania), Habib Koite (Mali)
June 22nd: AFDA After Party with AY(Tanzania), Body, Mind & Soul (Malawi), AY (Tanzania)

Online Ticket Purchases
All evening concert event tickets can be purchased in advance conveniently via 3G Directpay, which will provide with the online payment service for the nine-day bounty of special programming and festivities. Passes will be available for purchase at .

About ZIFF

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the longest running film-festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries. Every cent raised from sponsors and donors ensures the widest possible accessibility of high- quality international screenings and cultural events to all sections of the Tanzanian population.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is a catalyst for the promotion and development of the region’s cultural industries. It encourages and supports the development of artistic skills and the infrastructure necessary for a vibrant and innovative arts environment.
The festival programme gives particular prominence to the visibility and interests of women and children, including the youth.
The main panorama features international film and video screenings, and international retrospectives along with music and performances, main stage events, exhibitions, workshops and seminars.
Emphasis has been given to The East African Film Makers forum and this will continue in Festival 2014, as will dialogues with various filmmakers from across the region.

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