Festivals and Events
Several festivals take place each year in Mozambique. Bringing together music, dance, art and local culture, here's a few of the best.
Held over three days in May, this annual festival brings music, documentaries and workshops to Maputo. With ‘Azgo’ being old slang for ‘let’s go’, this festival celebrates arts and culture, with a focus on artists from Mozambique and across the African continent. There are also craft and fashion shows - all taking place against a background of street food and drink stalls.
The Subterranean Rhythm and Blues Festival kicks off every May in Ponta Malongane. Starting off as a live show for a birthday party, it now features 20 live bands with people travelling from far and wide to attend. The festival’s philosophy promotes love, respect and harmony, and there’s a great beach party to start the celebrations.
CHOPI Music Festival
There’s no better event to discover Mozambique's culture than the CHOPI Music Festival. Held from July into August in the province of Inhambane, this festival was created to help preserve the area’s musical heritage. Traditional instruments such as the mbila, a handmade xylophone unique to the region, as well as drums, animal horns and rattles are all played.
Celebrated on June 25th, Independence Day festivities are biggest in Maputo. The city’s stadium sees traditional dancing and live performances from many of Mozambique’s most famous bands. There's also various cultural events involving visual arts and traditional poetry. The President has even been known to attend and the celebrations go on all night.
TAMBO International Art Camp and Festival
Hosted in the city of Pemba, this festival runs for seven days in July each year. Celebrating cultural diversity through performing arts, the event features music, dance, theatre and art exhibitions. Whilst the majority of performers are local, international artists do feature. Visitors also have the chance to take part in workshops given by traditional craftsmen, women and international artists.