Holding in Zanzibar, Tanzania from May 22 to 29, 2022, the FESTAC Africa 2022 -Destination Zanzibar- aims to also unite African countries rather than divide the nations on the continent, according to a statement issued by the organisers.
The statement read in part, “We curated FESTAC AFRICA 2022 – Destination Zanzibar to offer you an experience of every touch-point of culture that includes art, culture, heritage, music, talent discovery trade, tourism, hospitality, travel, manufacturing, literature, storytelling and writing. As expected, a festival is not a festival without food, fashion and music.
“One will ask why a festival of arts and culture would encompass so many components as we have structured the upcoming event. It is important we are reminded that times have also changed and therefore we cannot ignore the business aspect intertwined in our culture.
“Traditionally, trade was a major component of culture and whether it was gold traded with art, or coins or other, trade has always been a huge component of culture.”
The organisers stated that FESTAC Africa was intentionally curated to amplify intra-Africa trade, hence the reason for the planned exhibition during the festival.
“The exhibition is designed to showcase the richness of our continent through a ‘proudly made in Africa Expo’, which we are pleased to extend an invitation to all countries in Africa to participate and proudly showcase what Africa can offer to the rest of the world,” they stated.
The organisers urged African countries to use this link to register for FESTAC Africa 2022: https://inspireafricaevents.glueup.com/event/festac-africa-2022-destination-zanzibar-44756/
They described the Island of Zanzibar as being gracious and thanked the government of Zanzibar for accepting FESTAC Africa 2022 to be inaugurated in Zanzibar.
“Zanzibar as its known by many is the spice island situated in Tanzania. This beautiful island in Africa is yet to be showcased to the world and we are proud to be associated with it. An Island of peaceful, warm and friendly people and a wonderful cross-road of culture and religion, with abundant richness in art and history,” they stated.
The statement added, “The line-up of our distinguished guests include former Presidents of various African nations, ministers, ambassadors of various foreign missions, two African Noble Prize winners in Literature, women in powerful positions, chairpersons, leaders of organisations, corporations, NGOs, various key associations and many more.
“We invite you to come and share in our richness and become part of FESTAC Africa 2022 – Destination Zanzibar, as we usher a new dawn in Africa from May 22 – 29, 2022. Our array of exciting programmes includes a five-day exhibition, a three-day business conference bringing some of the top corporate leaders and government officials to share the abundant opportunities in Zanzibar, Tanzania and Africa.
“A one-day golf on Africa Day, extending a day of fun to the executives or avid golfers just looking for a day out to unwind; 300 exhibitors of ‘proudly Made-in-Africa,’ international buyers and so much more.”
The organisers stated that the event would deliver optimal value for each and every exhibitor, business, organisations, attendees, and everyone associated with FESTAC Africa.
They stated. “We therefore, call on the private and public sectors to join hands and support FESTAC estac Africa as we aim to make this an annual event. Your support will mean a successful Festac Africa festival from one year to the next.
“This can only be achieved with your support. Zanzibar will be buzzing during this period, a great place to connect with people on the continent and others in the Diaspora.”