Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

6 February 2013

Tanzania: Arts, Crafts Exhibition Set to Close On High Note Tomorrow

ORGANISERS of the on-going arts and crafts exhibition, at the National Museum and House of Culture in Dar es Salaam, are pleased with the current turn-out.

The number of visitors at the exhibition has been growing daily, as has their sales of the various types of artefacts that are being displayed.

The Secretary General of the Tanzania Federation of Arts and Crafts, Godfrey Ndimbo, whose members works are being displayed there told the 'Daily News' they are very pleased to see how things have turned-out good for the exhibition, which had extremely poor attendance after opening to the public two weeks ago.

It was also advantageous for the federation that the establishment had given them an extension from the original slated three days. This in turn, was further extended to include this week up to tomorrow. "An acceptable number of artworks are being bought from here these days.

These include a selection of goods, including paintings, sculptures and even small artefacts plus things for decoration and cards. It's just that I do not have the figure, so I cannot say now exactly how much and specifically what was sold," Ndimbo said.

However, a visitor may not notice these sales when they visit the venue, because as soon as something is sold another one from their stocks is put in its place. Children he said, are coming to buy the smaller artefacts, while a number of adults are placing orders on paintings for the near and long term future.

This improvement in visitation to the exhibition and sales of the artefacts has also pleased the establishment's Acting Director, Mawazo Ramadhani, who had pushed for them to be given an extension, so that the artistes could maximize on the use of the space.

Currently, they together with local artistes are looking at the issue of how to make the venue alive and working for all members of the community. That is why he states they cannot operate without physical connections with the immediate communities' involvement. However, there is the issue of budget.

"The survival of the museum depends on internal collection but also external from the government. We have revenue from the government but there is also the internal source, which makes the budget of the establishment. So, we have to find other means to make this institution work, by utilising our spaces and improving our services, so that we can attract more gate collections," he said.

According to Ramadhani, they at the museum have noticed that not all sections of the community are visiting the establishment, so through the other services that they offer get a chance to bring different groups there, together with getting an income.

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