The 2009 Festival Guide is available: Download it now!

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The festival guide has the latest information and instructions for when you are at ZimFest.

The 2009 Registration Guide is available: Download it now!

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ZimFest is coming to Boulder, Colorado! Join us June 25-28 for a full weekend of concerts and presentations, plus workshops in marimba, mbira, singing, dance, drum, hosho, and more. Offerings at all levels from total beginner through expert, with special youth, choral, and music teacher tracks. Workshops on the beautiful CU-Boulder campus, outdoor, afternoon concerts in Boulder's Central Park and evening concerts at the historic Boulder Theater just off the Pearl Street Mall. Accommodations available on and near campus within walking distance of all events.

The 2009 ZimFest organizing committee is proud to co-host the festival this year with the University of Colorado College of Music. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Kwasi Ampene, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of the West African Highlife Ensemble, we are guests on the beautiful University of Colorado at Boulder campus, and have access to its excellent facilities.



Registration Steps

Check out the Accommodation Page and decide if you're staying on or off campus.

If you are staying on campus:
Go here to set up your food and lodging.

Concerts are open to the public and can sell out. Buy your tickets now to reserve your place!

Tickets for: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
       or get a 3 day pass

Registration is OPEN, Register now!

Remember, unlike in previous years, there is no lottery. You are not signed up for classes until you have completed registration.


  • PreFest programs will be held on Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 with a new type of PreFest offering - the Panjea Orchestra track for marimba, drum and mbira, culminating in a performance with Chris Berry and Panjea at the Boulder Theater on Saturday night.
  • The festival will begin on Thursday, June 25 at 10 am with the marketplace opening and concerts beginning at the Festival Stage in Central Park. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 11:00 am at the Festival Stage, where lunch will be served. Workshops start at 1 pm.
  • Campus housing and meals will be available Tuesday, June 23 - Monday, June 29.
  • Evening concerts will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at the historic Boulder Theater.
  • The festival will end on Sunday, June 28 with a luncheon, village meeting, Zimbabwean guest panel and closing ceremony from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Post Fest (new this year!) will be held beginning in the afternoon on Sunday, June 28 and include informal soccer matches, marimba jamming, and a braai (bbq) 5-9 pm.