TNM organises dance festival for Population and Housing Census

25Jun 2022
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TNM organises dance festival for Population and Housing Census

THE Tanzania National Museum (TNM) is scheduled to organize a dancing festival as part of a campaign to inspire citizens towards Population and Housing Census (PHC) to be held countrywide in August this year.

The festival incites citizens to be counted for the national development, will be performed under the program of Museum Art Explosion on 24th June at the House of Culture located along Shaban Robert Street in Dar es Salaam city.

TNM’s Coordinator Edga Chatanda said that the main purpose of organizing such an event is to remind Tanzanians to participate in the exercise, the importance, and its value for national development.

Chatanda said the four-hour celebrity will be graced by two traditional dancing groups namely Mlonge and Righters Theatres both are based in Dar es Salaam. The groups will engage in innovative local traditional and contemporary dancing to pass across the message.

When asked if such occasions are still restricted with the number of participants according to the directives earlier issued by the Ministry of health a year ago as part to curb the Covid-19 spread, he said that since the ceremony will be held inside the hall, wearing of masks is an important aspect deemed to fight the pandemic as the number of invited guests would not be limited to allow social distancing.

Museum Art Explosion is among the most valuable programs initiated by TNM with the aim of educating youths on cultural issues and are involved together with other activities such as traditional dance, music, drama, acrobat, and exhibition.

Other activities conducted under the program include art paintings and students’ learning about the exhibition on natural resources, performances, and many other historical matters.

The National Museum and House of Culture in Tanzania are the first, largest, and oldest of all museums in the country which has inherited and preserved the collections of ancient discoveries and other resources from King George V Museum of England since 1940.

The three-acre ground size of the ground area currently hosts four in-door permanent exhibitions and manages six storage rooms for rock art, archaeology, and human evolution, biology, ethnography, history, and paleontology collections as well as a strong room for an important national treasure.

Within the compound, there are also outdoor permanent exhibition galleries whereby aquarium, trees, and butterflies catch gardens and historical State cars are preserved for people to visit.

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