Norwegian support to powerful dance expressions

Time2Dance Festival - Photo:The Embassy
Performance during the Time2Dance festival 2018  -  Photo: The Embassy

The Time2Dance festival is an annual event organized by the non-profit organization and professional dance school, MuDa Africa. The festival showcases the work of the students as well as international dance companies and is one of Tanzania's key platforms for experiencing modern African and contemporary dance on a higher level.

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam has been a proud supporter of MuDa Africa since 2017, and we believe that through providing professional training in the field of dance to Tanzanian youth, we are contributing to a free and robust cultural sector in the country.

This year`s festival which takes place between 19-22 September in Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo, is presenting a wide range of artistic expressions with choreographers from Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, USA, Germany, UK and Canada.

The festival gives the students valuable experience in professional dance partitioning as well as technical and administrative aspects of running a festival. In addition, it provides a forum for them to network with other professional dancers and to promote themselves as dancers to dance companies and programmers from around the world.

One of the focus areas for the school is challenging cultural prejudices against female performers by encouraging young women to explore the professional path of dance and performance. One approach the school has adopted is to encourage the employment of women instructors, as well as creating positive female role models for young girls through a specially designed women mentorship programme. This has proven successful, as the number of young women among enrolled students has increased.

MuDa Africa believes in contemporary dance for empowerment and positive social change that may lead to an inclusive sustainable development of Tanzania, an agenda the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam supports as their development partner.