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Signing ceremony at Nafasi Art Space - Photo:The Embassy
The Norwegian Ambassador, Mrs. Hanne-Marie Kaarstad together with the Executive Secretary of the National Arts Council (BASATA), Godfrey Mngereza, and Artistic Director of MuDa Africa, Ian Mwaisunga. The Embassy

The creative sector

The Royal Norwegian Embassy has committed to support the creative sector in Tanzania through a new agreement with Nafasi Art Space and the dance school MuDa Africa. The one-year agreement provides NOK 900 000 in core support to Nafasi Art Space and NOK 1 000 000 in core support to MuDa Africa. The funding will be used to implement their new five-year strategic plan to protect and strengthen cultural rights for both artists and audiences in Tanzania.

Nafasi Art Space is a contemporary art center that provides opportunities for visual and performing artists to create, learn and exchange. The center aims at empowering local artists and advancing public art programs through exhibitions, performances and workshops. MuDa Africa is a dance school that provides professional training to young Tanzanians in contemporary dance and arts management, thus preparing the students for employment and economic independence after graduation.

The Norwegian Ambassador, Ms. Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, Managing Director of Nafasi Art Space, Rebecca Corey and Rachel Kessi, Executive director of MuDa Africa signed the agreement Wednesday, October 11.  The Executive Secretary of the National Arts Council (BASATA), Godfrey Mngereza was present at the signing, and MuDa Africa students entertained the audience with a dance performance.

Ambassador Kaarstad emphasized the importance of local cultural institutions as they enhance freedom of expression, organizational development, and capacity building. Moreover, the Ambassador commended Muda Africa and Nafasi Art Space for their efforts to promote female artists.