Bagamoyo International Arts and Culture Festival attracts 60 countries

21Oct 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Bagamoyo International Arts and Culture Festival attracts 60 countries

​​​​​​​SIXTY countries are expected to participate in the Bagamoyo International Arts and Culture Festival to be held from October 28 to 30 at the Bagamoyo Institute of Arts and Culture (TaSUba) grounds, Bagamoyo District in the Coast Region.

Tanzania Film Board Executive Secretary, Kiagho Kilonzo, speaks at the board's recent meeting with the Masters of Ceremonies (MCs) Network, which took place in Dar es Salaam. He has been flanked by officials from the board and MCs Network.

The Chief Executive Officer of TaSUba, Herbert Makoye, disclosed at a press conference about the festival.

Makoye said the festival, which is the 40th, is made up of participants from 60 countries that have confirmed their participation.

"We look forward to receiving visitors from 60 countries and preparations for the festival are well underway," he said.

Makoye mentioned that one of the goals of the festival was to celebrate and preserve the culture.

Another benefit is the students studying at the college to demonstrate in practice what they have learned in class.

It is also a platform for artists to meet with local and foreign artists to share experiences and build communication and is greater than providing entertainment for Tanzanians and visitors.

Bagamoyo District Commissioner, Zainab Abdallah, said the district officials have decided to develop and support President Samia Suluhu Hassan's efforts to promote Tanzanian culture.

"As you can see, our President recently made a royal tour to promote our culture, arts, and attractions, so this festival seeks to continue to support her in that and put Bagamoyo on the map for the world to know," she disclosed.

National Arts Council (BASATA) Executive Secretary, Matiko Mniko, said they will ensure all stakeholders participate in the festival.

They include artists, dancers, gospel musicians, and other members of the performing arts.

Tanzania Film Board Executive Secretary, Kiagho Kilonzo, said they will also use the festival to show films that are competing in this year's film awards, which are for the first time managed by the government.

Kiagho pointed out: ''Throughout the three days of the festival we will have a tent capable of carrying more than 100 people to show various films, some of which are those competing for awards.''