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About the CAC

The Cultural Arts Centre is a thriving centre of music and dancing, both traditional and contemporary, in the Arusha area. It is located behind Tumaini University in Makumira.

It was created as a project of the Music Department, Tumaini University Makumira with support from the European Union Development Fund in the period 2014-2018. 

CAC employs 16 dancer/musicians who have given nearly 300 performances to date (March 2018) on and off campus for various public and private functions, and at local, national and international levels. They draw on their various ethnic backgrounds, training, and experiences to create high-energy performances that feature many different types of music and dance from Tanzania, including traditional dances, newly created dances, and music pieces that fuse traditional and modern ideas. Highlights have included representing Tanzania at Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar in 2017 and 2018, DOADOA East African Performers Market in Kampala in 2016, and JAMAFEST Celebrating East African Culture in Nairobi in 2015.

We have also performed at various tourism events, including KiliFair in Moshi, Karibu Tourism Tanzania in Arusha, and S!TE (Swahili International Tourism Exhibition) in Dar es Salaam, plus other events for Tanzania Tourist Board and the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators.

In November 2017 we completed construction on 4 buildings including a 435-seat performance space (with grand piano) and dressing rooms, conference hall with catering facilities, a dance studio with a sprung dance floor, cultural exhibits and office space. In the Traditional Village local groups have constructed Maasai, Arusha and Meru bomas.

 

Our Partners 

 media for development international

media for development international

 Alliance française arusha

Alliance française arusha

 kilifair tourism and industry fair

kilifair tourism and industry fair

 dhow countries music academy

dhow countries music academy

 

Special Thanks To

 European Union development fund

European Union development fund

 Evangelical lutheran church of america

Evangelical lutheran church of america

Individual Donors

Ofisi ya Utamaduni, Meru