MaKuYa Traditional Culture and Performing Arts Festival
In 2009 ADEA in Tanzania launched the MaKuYa Festival for the promotion, preservation and perpetuation of traditional culture and performing arts in the Mtwara region. The MaKuYa Festival includes a broad diversity of dances from across the region with as many as 500 performers from the Makonde, Makua and Yoa tribes. Additionally, our traditional life and culture exhibit explains various aspects of the local life. Also, festival visitors enjoy a variety of traditional games including lindingi, pia (spinning tops), mputa (jumping rope), manati (slingshots) and bow and arrows. ADEA has produced this event in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. They were made possible by generous contributions from the Finnish and Swiss Embassies, as well as BG, Wentworth Africa Fund, Odfjell, Also the Embassies of the Netherlands France, Germany, & Alliance Francaise.