Mambo wapenzi wa sanaa! Can you believe it's already mid-December? Christmas is near and before you know it, the new...

Mambo wapenzi wa sanaa!

Can you believe it's already mid-December? Christmas is near and before you know it, the new year will ring. 
We'd like to thank you for your support of Dar's beloved independent art centre this past year. In 2017, we opened a new gallery and children's art space, added 7 new studios to the compound, and continued to host an active collective of some of Tanzania's top artists, offering workshops and trainings as well as exhibition and performance opportunities on a regular basis. 
We are especially grateful to our top donors, DANIDA and the Royal Norwegian Embassy for their generous support this year, our Friends of Nafasi, and our partners without which our work would not have been possible.
To celebrate the end of this successful year, we hosted our 2nd Annual Arts Festival on 9th December (Independence day) from 10am to 1am, with activities that included ChapChap Postcard: Public Art Workshop, Affordable Art Market, Artisan Fair, Open Studios, Theatre, Poetry, Dance, Live Music, as well as Food and Drink Stalls.
If you happened to miss out on the festival, would like to try and catch a glimpse of yourself in photos, or find out who won the raffle prizes read on below for the RECAP!

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us! You've made our year.
Karibuni Nafasi Art Space

ChapChap Public Art Workshop

This ChapChap Public Art Workshop was all about Postcards. It was run by artists and art educator Fred Halla. Many lovely Postcards and Christmas cards were created during the workshop by people of all ages using different styles, materials and techniques taught by the instructor.
Some postcards made by participants of the ChapChap Postcard: Public Art Workshop
Affordable Art Market
The Affordable Art Market was held in our great exhibition hall alongside the best artworks from the  "Arts and Democracy" competition with Twaweza, which showcased art responding to the state of democracy and civic space in Tanzania. The exhibition will be up for the rest of the year so stop by for a viewing (and Christmas shopping) weekdays Monday to Friday from 9am - 5:30pm, and Saturdays 10am - 5pm. 
Affordable Art Market in Nafasi's great exhibition hall.
Artist Cloud Chatanda talking with an admirer of his work.

Artisan Fair

Despite the rain, no one left without a little something for the holidays. Vendor stalls full of goodies including affordable fine art and crafts/fashion, jewellery, food and drinks, like a bazaar were installed outside in front of the great exhibition hall. 
Artisan Market Stalls at Nafasi Arts Festival 2017

Open Studios

Some artists invited guests to a glimpse of their studios or the work they do. Nuru Media for example, a Tanzanian owned production company focused on producing media for socio-economic development, had an intriguing interactive outdoor installation of characters from their puppet show series.
Participants interacting with Nuru Media's outdoor installation.

Theatre Performance "Dr. Sijawa Bado"

The annual arts festival was determined to celebrate Art in all its forms. Dr. Sijawa Bado was an amazing semi-musical in swahili, directed by Kimela Billa, and played by the talented lead actor Vicensia Shule and supporting cast Mzome Mahmoud and Mwasiti Hussein.
Cast performing "Dr. Sijawa Bado"

Poetry Slam and Showcase

The Poetry Slam and Showcase was a crowd pleaser! The audience absloutely loved the interactive element of the slam competition and the talent shown by the poetry groups PazaSauti, Poetry255, La Poetista, Waka and Lyricist Lounge. Check them out on instagram if you are interested in more poetry and literature: Paza SautiPoetry255La PoetistaWakaLyricist Lounge.

Dance Performances

MUDA Africa and Shine Dance as always brought their absolute best to the stage. They presented an incredible show full of creativity, energy, fire (literally) and heart.
Wikiendi Live!

Arguably the greatest line-up to date, this year's final version of Wikiendi Live!was one for the record books. As usual it showcased traditional African music and fusion, with performances by Sisi Tambala, TemelaLaveda and ChemicalChiHilary MoreZe Spirits BandMANDELA and Wahapahapa Band. DJ Tyson finished the night with energetic club vibes. Visit our youtube channel to see other past Wikiendi Live! festivals. And keep a look out for updates about next year's Wikiendi Live! plans on our social media pages
Mandela performing @Wikiendi Live!
From Top, Left, Temela, Sisi Tambala, Chemical and Laveda, Wahapahapa Band, and Mandela.
Wahapahapa Band @Wikiendi Live!

Raffle Winners

We are happy to announce the winners of the Saturday's raffle. 
And the winners aaaaaaare Junior with the ticket number 288 aaaaaaaaand Ivo, ticket number 333.
Congratulations to you guys. Please come to Nafasi and pick up your SURPRISE BAG or email us
Recap @Partner Events

Muda Africa & Black Box Dance Company

On Monday, Dec 11th @7pmMuda Africa, Tanzania, and the Black Box Dance Company, from Denmark, collaborated on a project and work in progress. Afterwards, they showcased their conceptual and interactive piece "FEAR - What are you afraid of?". If you happened to miss this contemporary dance performance, have a glimpse at the pictures below and check our social media for videos of the beautiful show.


This week's spotlight focuses on Robino Ntila, a visual artists, curator and art critic from Ndanda in Tanzania, born in 1953. In 1975, he became an artist with the Nyumba ya Sanaa in Dar es Salaam, an artist’s association founded in Tanzania by Sister Jean Pruitt from the US. Later on, he acted as chief coordinator with them for 30 years. During his time at Nyumba ya Sanaa, he learnt many techniques from painting to batik, etched engravings on copper plates, tie and dye, using charcoal, to goatskin and woodcuts.
Ntila prints often depict traditional life in East Africa. He uses subtle techniques for his work, which range from realist to abstract, mixing cubism with aspects of African silhouettes.
Since 1992 he has been working as freelance artist and has been conducting artistic workshops in Africa, curating local and international exhibitions promoting Tanzania art worldwide. Ntila has travelled the world for exhibitions, workshops and residencies. Specializing in etching, Ntila taught several workshops including a 2002 etching workshop at Kuona Trust’s Museum art studios in Nairobi influencing artists such as Peterson Kamwathi and Simon Muriithi. He travelled regularly to Austria to study printmaking accompanied by fellow Tanzanian artists Francis Imanjama, George Lilanga and his nephew, Hendrick Lilanga.
He has exhibited his work in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, USA, Austria, India, Germany, France, Finland, Russia and Switzerland. Ntila was chosen to represent Tanzania at the Kauru African Contemporary Art project in South Africa in 2014.

Come and visit Ntila's artworks at Nafasi Art Space weekdays 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm or have a look at his online presence on facebook or here. If you're interested in Robino's work, you can also email us:

Nafasi on TripAdvisor
Everyone's favorite venue for all things artistic in Dar es Salaam, Nafasi Art Space has only recently been added on Trip Advisor. Right now we're ranked #30 of attractions in Dar. We hope you'll agree that we need a boost to get us to our proper place high up on the list! So if you've ever visited us at Nafasi or enjoyed one of our many events or programs, please take just a few minutes to review us here on trip advisor, so that other travelers can find this amazing place easily.

Thank you so much for your support!


Are you a photographer? Then this might be of interest to you. Casa África announces its 8th Photography Contest "Objetivo Africa" which will award prizes (up to 1200 euros) to photographs which best portray the positive aspects of the 10 past years of the African continent. Any person of legal age can take part in the competition. Photographs can be entered for the competition from 10 October to 13 December 2017 (inclusive).

Each applicant may participate with a maximum of five (5) photographs. To do this, you must send them either as attachments or through a file exchange system (such as WeTransfer or Dropbox) to Photographs should be sent in JPEG format with a minimum resolution of 200 dpi and file-size between 1.5 MB and 5 MB.

Click here for more information.
That's it for this week's update! Please follow us on our social media pages for more day-to-day happenings and contact us with any queries at

Asante sana!



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