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The Tulia Trust, under its Tulia Traditional Dances Festival brand, holds the annual traditional dances competition in Tukuyu Town, Rungwe District, Mbeya Region, Tanzania. The first Festival was held on 7th and 8th of October 2016. Tulia Traditional Dances Festival aims at promoting the rich traditions and culture of more than 120 ethnic communities in Tanzania through dances, primarily.

The Festival fights poverty in the communities through creation of employment to the dance groups. Furthermore, their participation in the competition in turn increase their visibility and assist them to access more opportunities to perform including at district, regional and national level functions and events. The 2017 winners were invited by the Chinese Embassy in the United Republic of Tanzania to perform in both the China-Tanzania Partnership and the Chinese New Year celebrations in Tanzania.

TTDF 2018 & 31 Regions

The 2016 TTDF’s competition featured numerous traditional dance groups mainly from Kyela, Busokelo and Rungwe. The brand grew in 2017, the competition invited groups from as far as Kigoma, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Kagera, Mwanza, Simiyu, Ruvuma, Njombe, Iringa, Songwe, Mtwara, Lindi, and Dar es Salaam. It was a huge success with more than two million views on ITV and Clouds TV. The 2018 TTDF competition will be the first national traditional dances festival held in Tanzania. There will be a total of 108 traditional dances groups, 22 dance categories with all 31 Regions in the Country participating for the grand prizes.

TTDF 2018 Media Partners 

With our media partners, we have the opportunity to explore and leverage partnership opportunities from interviews, editorials to adverts with the title sponsor. Our contracted media partners include:

1.National: Azam Media, ITV (national) & Clouds Media (TV & FM)

2.Regionals: Dreams FM, Generation FM, Rungwe FM, Bomba FM, Chai FM

3.National newspapers: Citizen, Mwananchi & Daily News

4.Blogs: Michuzi Blog & Millard Ayo We expect to reach more than 5 million listeners and readers in Tanzania. Furthermore, using the Tulia Trust Brand Ambassadors to advocate the TTDF message on social media, television and radio.

TTDF 2018 Qualification Matrix 

TTDF’s qualification is aimed to start from the grass-root levels to the national platform competition. The below are the steps for the Mbeya region as we push a similar matrix throughout the participating regions.

  • Rounds 1: This phase brings together a number of traditional dances groups from wards and villages. Village groups shall compete to obtain a village winner in the first rounds.
  • Round 2: Each Village winner group shall compete with other Village group winners in the second round for each ward to get one Ward winner who shall be qualifying for semi finals.
  • Rounds 3: Winners at Ward level shall compete in a semi-final to get the third run up, second run up and District winner for each of the districts.
  • Round 4: The district winners shall compete to get an overall winner among them. Each of such winners would join other groups from the 30 regions at the Grand Finale to be held in September 2018.


TTDF 2018 Prizes

Prizes are geared to motivate the groups into understanding the wealth of their talent into a livelihood.

  • Learning

As the most famous and accomplished arts college in Tanzania, Taasisi ya Sanaa na Utamaduni Bagamoyo (TaSUBa) offers a wide range of arts courses. TT has a partner funding part of the TTDF TaSUBa scholarships. The focus for the scholarship is within the traditional dance related course.

  • Group incomes

Part of the economic empowerment within the TTDF, there is an opportunity for a group to win motorcycles and endeavor to earn revenue for the group members. Furthermore, there is hard cash for other winners and participants.

  • Talent showcasing

TT has managed to partner with Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam to fund dance groups from TTDF and perform in the resorts’s occasions and events.


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