03.11.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Celebrating African Heroes: An Exhibition on Tanzania and the Liberation Struggles launched at the National Museum of Tanzania-House of Culture

Photos on display at the Raods to Independence Exhibition of Tanzania's Role in the Liberation Struggles with the Frontline States, @UNESCO

An opening ceremony and an exhibition on Roads to Independence: The African Liberation Heritage, at the National Museum of Tanzania aims to preserve and promote Tanzania’s rich heritage, and to build further the sense of cultural belonging while retaining the wealth of Tanzania’s cultural diversity.

Speaking at the opening event of the Road to Independence: The African Liberation Heritage Exhibition at the National Museum of Tanzania-House of Culture in Dar es Salaam,Amb. Roeland Van de Geer, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union highlighted the importance of raising awareness on audiovisual heritage and its role in preserving cultural heritage.

Reiterating the European Union’s support to promoting the preservation of culture and heritage in the United Republic of Tanzania, he commended the efforts and achievements of the European Union funded project: Safeguarding, Preservation and Promotion of the Heritage Archives Project. He also highlighted the theme of World Audiovisual Heritage Day 2017 “Discover, Remember and Share” and emphasized the importance of images and sound in safeguarding history that would otherwise be lost with the ages.

The Minister of Information Culture, Arts and Sports, Hon. Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe (MP) affirmed the Government’s commitment to fulfilling the country’s responsibility in leading initiatives for the coordination, management and preservation of heritage, particularly related to the Liberation Struggles for past and future generations. He expressed his gratitude to the support from the European Union with commitment for continued collaboration and made special mention of the support from UNESCO in the achievement of Safeguarding, Preservation and Promotion of the Heritage Archives in Tanzania. In addition, modalities for sustained cooperation within the Southern African Development Community and African Union frameworks for heritage preservation have been agreed by Tanzania and South Africa, including key areas of cooperation on research, capacity building and collaboration for exchange and joint listing of heritage sites/archives on the World Heritage Lists.

The European Union funded Project Safeguarding, Preservation and Promotion of the Heritage Archives has achieved considerable results in improving the collaborative management and coordination of preservation efforts amongst key national institutions and capacity building for the digitization of archives, particularly audio archives. The archives are composed of oral testimonies of witnesses of the liberation struggles. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation, National Museum of Tanzania, Tanzania National Records and Archives, the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation and the Africa Liberation Heritage Programme of the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports.

Within the framework of the project Safeguarding, Preservation and Promotion of the Heritage Archives Project, outreach activities, such as this exhibition, aim to raise awareness on the country’s rich heritage, and to build further the sense of cultural belonging while retaining the wealth of Tanzania’s cultural diversity. The exhibition tells the story of Tanzania’s involvement in Africa’s liberation struggles, but also how other actors in and outside Africa worked with Tanzania and the liberation movements to bring independence to Africa. The exhibition is comprised of recordings by late Julius Kambarage Nyerere, original photos, uniforms, paintings, sculptures and the first Tanzanian flag. Other items highlight the role of women hosted in Tanzania in Africa’s liberation struggles in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The exhibition was officially opened on 27 October 2017 and will be on display until 20 November 2017 at the National Museum-House of Culture in Dar es Salaam from 9am to 6pm every day, including weekends.




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