Big things are happening at Tumaini University Makumira in Tanzania!

Since hosting GLOMUS Camp 2013, the music department secured a 1.7 million Euro grant from the European Union (60/40 funding) for a project "Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Dance and Music in Northern Tanzania." The main goals are building permanent facilities, research, training, performances, outreach, and income generation through performances, workshops, and instrument building.

All of these activities are well under way and the Cultural Arts Centre is producing impressive results. There is a 4 person research team, 15 full-time professional traditional dancer/musicians, and a management team with Programme Manager Randy Stubbs, Administrative Assistant, Artistic/Research Director, Dance Instructor, IT Director, Marketing Director, and Stage Technician. The dancers have performed for several East African Festivals, 3 times for the President of Tanzania, and for International Tourism Events, in addition to regular performances 2 times per week at Makumira and many for-hire performances in the region.

The biggest part, construction of permanent facilities, is expected to be finished October 2016 and includes performance space for 300, dance studio, conference facilities, cultural arts displays, offices, music library, research video editing facilities, and outdoor classroom spaces. A new 1,000 seat multi-purpose hall with state-of-the-art sound, lights, projection, stage, and acoustics has already been completed.

See the website (www.cac.ac.tz) for details.
And of course, Karibu Tanzania tena! (Welcome to Tanzania again!)