The Cultural Arts Centre is a Project of Tumaini University Makumira to preserve and promote the unique cultural heritage of music and dance in Northern Tanzania. The results include creating a permanent centre for research, documentation, preservation and promotion of music and dance culture, organizing and promotion regular paid live performances of traditional music and dance, opportunities for the communities and school-age children to experience and learn about traditional music/dance/instruments, and developing income-generating activities related to traditional music/dance/instruments for local and international audiences.
European Union is the main funding partner for the Cultural Arts Centre project at Makumira is the European Union through a grant from the European Development Fund administered through the National Authorising Office of the Ministry of Finance, Tanzania. The funds were awarded through a competitive selection process that began in September 2012 and culminated in the contract signing in February 2014. The call for proposals was specifically related to the preservation and promotion of culture in Tanzania and 8 organisations were funded.
Tumaini University Makumira is the owner of this project and is providing 40% of the funding. This funding will come through performance revenue generated by project performances, workshops, and other related activities, local and international donors, and their own funds and gift in kind. The most significant contribution is the purchase of land for the construction of the Cultural Arts Centre. Tumaini University Makumira is led by the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. Dr. Joseph Parsalaw.
Ministry of Finance is contracting authority for the European Union's 10th EDF grant programme is the National Authorising Office of the Ministry of Finance, Tanzania. These grants are supervised by Godlove Steven and his team.
Alliance Franco-Tanzania (Arusha) is one of CAC’s official project partners. Specifically, AFT is assisting with the development of the Professional Skills Training Manual, securing experts to teach the various components of that 2 month course to be held in year 2 and again in year 3. They are also conducting a number of surveys and mappings related to cultural operators in Northern Tanzania, Festival opportunities in East Africa and in Europe, and developing a catalogue of professional musicians and dancers in Northern Tanzania. Also, as the project progresses the CAC and AFT will work together on performance opportunities for local and international performers through their African and European connections.
Kilimanjaro Film Institute (Arusha) is the other CAC official partner for this project. KFI had a crucial role early in the project through a specialized video training course for documentation curriculum that they developed. The information from that training will be compiled into a Handbook for Documenting Traditional Music. In addition, KFI provided additional training in cinematography, sound editing, video editing, and story telling for the CAC Research Team to help them further develop their skills. KFI has also provided useful templates and insights for field work utilizing their good staff and experiences. Additional training opportunities in video skills will be offered later this year (2015).
BASATA (National Arts Council of Tanzania) is an Associate Partner for this project. They are the authorising agent for all folk activities in Tanzania. Through official permission at the national level, the work locally is monitored by District Cultural Officers in the Arusha, Meru, and Kilimanjaro Districts. The local officers also help to liaise with local cultural performing groups that will be important for the CAC research team. They also monitor live performances of traditional folk music in Tanzania (and abroad).
COSOTA (Copyright Society of Tanzania) is also an Associate Partner in this project. Their role is authorising and monitoring copyright compliance for the materials that will be produced by the CAC team. This includes materials for the CAC Archive collection, educational materials that will be developed, and any CDs or DVDs that may eventually be produced.