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Julius Nyerere Cultural Centre

Julius Nyerere Cultural Centre

Julius Nyerere Cultural Centre

Julius Nyerere Cultural Centre (Ohio Street, Dar Es Salaam) – a.k.a. “Nyumba Ya Sanaa” (Swahili for “House of Art”), this is a cultural center and art workshop (founded by American Maryknoll Sister Jean Pruitt in 1972) and established to promote local art and craftmanship. There is also a retail store, which is a great place to find souvenirs (as you will find some amazing etchings, jewelry, textiles, pottery, paintings and carvings at very reasonable prices).

 

Painter and sculptor George Lilanga, one of the most famous and internationally acclaimed Tanzanian artists, began his career at the Centre. Part of the buildings of the Centre, as well as its main entrance gates, have been decorated by Lilanga. Other notable artists that have worked here include Augustino Malaba, Patrick Francis, and Robino Ntila. Free admission. Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (weekdays), 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (weekends & holidays).