Mozambique has a number of cultural events and festivals throughout the year. Music, art, dance and local culture are celebrated countrywide, with visiting artists adding their own unique flair to the festivities. Here is a brief insight into upcoming annual activities
AZGO Festival in Maputo (the capital city)
This is an annual international music festival which takes place over 3 days in the outdoors. There will be different types of bands featured, music documentaries and workshops. Additional facilities include a food court and restaurants, stalls for food and drink as well as designer fashion, merchandising and crafts.
STRAB Festival in Ponta Malongane (near the South African border)
STRAB is the abbreviation for the Subterranean Rhythm & Blues experience, an annual music festival which started out as live entertainment for a birthday bash held by a group of scuba divers in 2003. It has grown over the years and now features about 20 live bands. Since 2008 STRAB has continued to provide exposure to bands from rock to blues to jazz to fusions of these.
This will always be an exclusive event due to the size and capacity of this stunning beach location, it is however well established and fully supported by committed music lovers who engage with the festival's philosophy of respect, love and harmony. There will be a great beach party followed by the official festival.
Independence Day Festivities in Maputo (public holiday)
Independence Day is celebrated in June. The festivities include live performances and traditional dancing. The national stadium is the venue for a fantastic concert during which many celebrated Mozambique bands perform. The President often attends and addresses the attendees. Many cultural events such as poetry, dancing and visual arts take place the week before.
TAMBO International Art Camp / Festival in Pemba (Cabo Delgado Province)
The city of Pemba hosts this colourful festival that celebrates cultural diversity through art, dance, theatre and music performances. Visitors will enjoy 7 days in which to make art, exchange ideas and enjoy various kinds of workshops. There will be live performances and opportunities to interact with traditional artists from Pemba and other parts of the world.
CHOPI Music Festival - end July into August in Quissico (Inhambane Province)
This traditional festival is a way to preserve the unique music heritage of this region. The mbila is an amazing handmade xylophone played in large groups. This musical heritage has been recognised by UNESCO in 2005. The Chopi play traditional instruments such as whistles, animal horns, panpipes, drums and rattles. One of their most distinctive instruments is a flute made from the shell of a bush orange.
The Fellowship of Rock & Roll (FORR) is an annual rock festival where a number of great bands perform. In previous years this event took place in Ponta Malongane.
•Culled from www.mozambique.co.za