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Culture Development

In Tanzania there is a lack of possibilities for artist to exhibit, share, and exchange arts. Additionally there is inadequate access to arts and cultural activities for young people. DANIDA has in collaboration with CKU (Center for Culture and Development) formulated The Tanzania Culture and Development Programme to support contemporary artist and cultural spaces in order to create a diverse and inclusive arts scene in Tanzania.


The Tanzania culture and development programme is planned in two phases with the first phase running from 2014-2017.

Why is Denmark supporting culture?

T he main objective of the Tanzania Culture and Development programme is to improve the participation of youth in art and cultural activities and increase focus on cultural and creative industries.

How is Denmark supporting culture?

The first phase of the Tanzania Culture and Development Programme has an overall budget of DKK 7.4 million (approximately USD 1.1 million). CKU and the Danish embassy have chosen to support the following activities:

  • Platforms for artist: Cultural platforms provide opportunities for young people to involve themselves in artistic activities that can equip them to become users and practitioners of culture. Platforms for arts and cultural activities give artists an open workspace and meeting place where they can meet their audiences and make their work accessible to a wide range of people. Exposure of art and the inclusion of different groups of society, contributes to a more diverse arts and cultural scene.   
  • Fostering new talent: The program supports activities whereby up-coming artists can be fostered through access to platforms and contact with networks that can connect them with other artists and organizations. The activities also aim to discover new talents.
  • Access to arts and culture: The programme supports the creation of more opportunities for the youth to access arts and participate actively in cultural activities with a particular focus on girls and women.  
  • Kick-starting new cultural and creative activities: In order to improve conditions for creative and cultural industries, the program supports research that unfolds the potential in cultural and creative industries and how these industries can contribute to Tanzania's economy. Art management and entrepreneurial education for new artists and cultural entrepreneurs as well as pilot projects are supported to kick-start the utilization of the unexploited potential of cultural and creative industries.

While the programme aims to increase access to art and culture for all Tanzanians, youth and in particular women are the main target group of the programme

Nafasi art space

The Culture and Development Programme builds on previous Danish support to the cultural scene in Tanzania, which continue to have an important impact on the art scene in Tanzania today. One of the most important initiatives was the creation of the Nafasi art space, which was opened by Queen Margrethe  II in 2008. 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.


For further information, please contact Programme Manager Christoph Lodemann, , +45 33 38 97 36.