Here’s why you want to book package holidays in Mozambique – there are so many festivals going on throughout the year that if you’re looking for a way to celebrate, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here are three of our favourite Mozambique festivals that you might want to check out while on holiday in the region.
- STRAB – The Subterranean Rhythm & Blues Festival
If you’re in Mozambique in May, you have to include the STRAB festival in your itinerary. This annual event first started off life as a live show for a birthday party for a group of scuba divers a few years ago. Since then, it’s grown and grown, now featuring 20 bands who come together to play. It’s a very famous festival and people travel far and wide to attend the beach party, so make sure you’re organised and have your tickets sorted well in advance.
- Independence Day in Maputo
Just one month later, you’ve got the Independence Day festivities in June that take place in Maputo. Goings-on include traditional dancing and live performances at the national stadium, with lots of famous bands from Mozambique in attendance. The President has been known to attend the festival, so you’ll be in excellent company. Be prepared for lots of dancing, poetry and visual arts in the weeks before the big event as well.
- CHOPI Music Festival
If you want to find out more about culture and life in Mozambique, the CHOPI Music Festival in July and into August is the one for you. It was set up to help preserve the musical heritage of this part of the world, celebrating in particular the mbila, a handmade xylophone unique to the region. Other traditional instruments that take centre stage include animal horns, rattles, drums and whistles.
So there you have it – three of the best festivals in Mozambique. Of course, whenever you go to the country and whatever you do, you’ll have a brilliant time. Just do some research to find out what’s on while you’re there!