Dar es Salaam. The Tulia Traditional Dances Festival is set to be held in Rungwe in Mbeya Region from September 20, the event organisers announced this week.
The event which is under Tulia Trust was founded by the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania Dr Tulia Ackson.
Speaking yesterday, Dr Tulia said more than 108 traditional dance troupes will contest for honors at the three-day contest. According to Dr Tulia the groups are from different parts of the country and they expect to see a thrilling event compared to the past events. “The first edition of the festival saw only 63 traditional dance troupes from only two regions, while the following year (2017)89 groups from 17 regions registered.
This year there are more groups that have confirmed participation already,” said Dr Tulia.
She added: We expect to award winners with motorcycles , there will be also cash prizes and scholarship at the Bagamoyo College of Arts (Tasuba). Our aim is to promote our culture beyond our boarders as well as tourism, we expect to see people from outside the country coming to attend the festival.
According to Dr Tulia, they will use Cultural Officers in all regions to select the traditional groups that will feature in the festival.
Last year Bujola a group from Mwanza emerged winners and were offered an opportunity to tour India.