The TNM organizes a dance festival for the Population and Housing Census

The festival inspires citizens to be counted for national development, will be presented as part of the Museum Art Explosion program on June 24 at the House of Culture located along Shaban Robert Street in Dar es Salaam.

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

Chatanda said the four-hour stardom will be honored by two traditional dance groups, namely Mlonge and Righters theatres, both based in Dar es Salaam. Groups will engage in innovative traditional and contemporary local dances to get the message across.

When asked if such occasions are still limited with the number of attendees under guidelines issued earlier by the Ministry of Health a year ago as part of the fight against the spread of Covid-19, he said that since the ceremony would be held inside the hall, wearing a mask is an important aspect deemed to fight the pandemic as the number of guests would not be limited to allow for social distancing.

Museum Art Explosion is one of the most valuable programs initiated by TNM with the aim of educating young people on cultural issues and is involved with other activities such as traditional dance, music, drama, acrobat and exposure.

Other activities carried out under the program include art paintings and student learning about the natural resources exhibition, performances and many other historical subjects.

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

The three-acre ground size of the ground area currently hosts four indoor permanent exhibits and manages six storage rooms for collections of rock art, archeology and human evolution, biology, ethnography, history and paleontology as well as a vault for an important national treasure.

Within the compound, there are also permanent open-air exhibition galleries in which an aquarium, tree and butterfly catching gardens, and historic state cars are kept for people to visit.

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