TaSUba CEO Herbert Makoye revealed at a press conference on the festival.

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

“We are looking forward to receiving visitors from 60 countries and preparations for the festival are well advanced,” he said.

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

Another advantage is that students who study in college demonstrate in practice what they have learned in the classroom.

It is also a platform for artists to meet local and foreign artists in order to share their experiences and develop communication.

Bagamoyo District Commissioner Zainab Abdallah said 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 went on a royal tour to promote our culture, arts and attractions, so this festival seeks to continue to support her and put Bagamoyo on the map for the world to know,” she revealed.

The Executive Secretary of the National Arts Council (BASATA), Matiko Mniko, said they will ensure that 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 competing for this year’s film awards, which are for the first time run by the government.

Kiagho stressed, “During the three days of the festival, we will have a tent capable of carrying over 100 people to screen various films, some of which are competing for prizes.”