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Launching of Nafasi Art Gallery and Children's Space

10.08.2017  08:45
“Places like Nafasi Arts Space, which let artists grow, perform and have the freedom to express themselves it is needed in any country” Said Mr. Einar H. Jensen during the launch of the Art Gallery and Children’s Space.

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, the Danish Ambassador in Tanzania Einar H. Jensen was one of the guests of honour during the grand opening of the Nafasi Art Space Gallery and Children's Centre in Dar es Salaam. Other guests of honour who joined the event included Ineke Bussemaker, the CEO of NMB and Joyce Hagu, the Director of Arts from the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture, and Sports in Tanzania.

The event involved a ribbon cutting ceremony, brief speeches by the guests of honour, an art display and auction, and live performances (music and dance) where nearly 100 people attended.

 

The Danish Ambassador in Tanzania Einar H. Jensen

Nafasi is primarily a collection of studios where artist work, but it also serves as a place for exhibitions, movie screenings and art events. It provides artist with a place to interact and inspire each other as well as exhibit their art.

Since Nafasi was founded and opened by Queen Margrethe II in 2008 with core support from the Danish Embassy, has grown from 6 studios to 37 studios, with approximately 60 people working at Nafasi on a daily basis, members include painters, sculptors, graphic designers, illustrators, filmmakers and photographers, musicians, dancers, and more.

“Places like Nafasi Arts Space, which let artists grow, perform and have the freedom to express themselves it is needed in any country” Said Mr. Einar H. Jensen during the launch of the Art Gallery and Children’s Space.

The current support from the Danish Embassy has focused on connecting the visual and performing arts within Nafasi, which has resulted in even more collaborations, inspiration, and exchange between artists working in many different disciplines.

So far, in 2017 alone, the support has enabled monthly film screenings, monthly public events that attract more than 300 people each event, 6 visual art exhibitions, 8 artists in residence from around the world, to exchange and collaborate with Tanzanian artists, 11 workshops in topics ranging from contemporary photography to modern dance to conceptual performance art.