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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Nchimbi to grace Asia film festival

7th April 2011

The Minister for information, Culture Youth and Sports, Emmanuel Nchimbi, is expected to grace the opening ceremony of the Asia film festival that gets underway in Dar e Salaam on April 15.

China’s Counselor for Cultural Affairs Liu Dong confirmed of the event when he told reporters during the news conference held at the Chinese Embassy in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

He said the show will be held for ten days up to April 24 and urged the public to turn up in huge numbers as a move to enhance relationship between Tanzania and the Asian countries.

The event is scheduled to take place at the World Cinema located in Mwenge whereby a total of ten films from different countries in the Asian continent will be on show.

“Our aim is to foster better and closer appreciation of the uniqueness, harmony and diversity of the Asian culture. We need to promote cultural exchanges and cooperation between Asian countries and Tanzania,” he said.

Liu said that apart from the films there will also be display of Asian traditional food during the opening ceremony.

He said that Asian countries have been organising such film festivals since 2006 and this year’s edition is organised by Chinese Embassy and United Arab Emirates (UAE) that will be responsible for the closing ceremony.

He said the entry fee for the festival is free and that tickets will be available 30 minutes before the show is underway.

Liu said the selected films depict the real traditional life of Asian people. He mentioned the other countries which will take part as South Korea, Japan, Pakistan, Vietnam, Palestine, Iran, Indonesia, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to him, this is the first grand festival which has attracted many countries.

He thanked the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports for its cooperation towards successful preparations of the vent.

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