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In Tanzania, there is not only a lack of possibilities for artist to exhibit, share and exchange arts, but also inadequate access to arts and cultural activities for young people. The Danish Embassy in Tanzania through the Tanzania Culture and Development Programme 2014-2017 supports contemporary artist and cultural spaces in order to create a dicerse and inclusive arts scene in Tanzania.

The Tanzania Culture and Development Programme, which was initially formulated by Center for Culture and Development (CKU) in collaboration with the Denmark Embassy in Tanzania, aims to improve the participation of youth, and particularly women, in art and cultural activities and increase focus on cultural and creative industries. The programme, with a budget of DKK 7.4 million, supports 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.

Nafasi art space

The current programme builds on previous Danish support to the cultural scene in Tanzania, which continues 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 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.

The programme also supports a number of projects from different cultural organizations which includes the Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA), SOMA book café, Bagamoyo Arts College (TaSUBa), the National Museum of Tanzania, Okoa Mtaa Foundation in Arusha, Zanzibar International Film Festival and the Tanzania Youth Cultural Exchange Network (TYCEN).

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