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The Government of Tanzania established Chuo Cha Sanaa Bagamoyo or Bagamoyo College of Arts (BCA) in 1981. The idea was to develop artists through practical arts training, to contribute to the government’s efforts to revive, preserve, promote and develop Tanzanian culture. Tutors at the college were drawn from the National Troupes in Dance, Acrobatics, and Drama that were established after independence, later reconfigured as the National Performing Arts Company. In 2007, Chuo Cha Sanaa was transformed into an executive agency, hence Taasisi ya Sanaa na Utamaduni Bagamoyo (TaSUBa). The college is located in Bagamoyo order to retain connections with traditional rural culture. A small town some 75 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo is known for its history of coastal trade, slave trade, missionaries, and German colonial rule, as well as African liberation movements. It is also known for witchcraft and politicans often visit Bagamoyo in preparation for elections. Bagamoyo stems from bwaga moyo, which means lay down your heart. South of Bagamoyo is Kaole, a historical trading post.

Map of TaSUBa campus. Design by David Estomihi

Video 1: Around TaSUBa with Nina.

Photo 1: Main entrance to TaSUBa

Photo 2: Path leading past new theater to administration and beach

Photo 3: Administration building with Nyerere statue

Photo 4: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

Photo 5: Master Plan for infrastructure development.

Photo 6: Flexible hall constructed according to Master Plan

Photo 7: Mwembe (mango) theater.

Photo 8: Fine arts building with classrooms

Photo 9: Remaining mural after theater reconstruction

Photo 10: ICT building with Internet room.

Photo 11: Notice board – the main information hub on campus.

Photo 12: TaSUBa library serving 120 students

Photo 13: Old and new student dormitories

Photo 14: Bagapoint where students and teachers hang out

Photo 15: Bagamoyo beach on a Sunday afternoon

Photo 16: German Cemetery

Photo 17: Shop near campus selling snacks

Photo 18: Private theater built by the late Mzee Godwin Kaduma

Photo 19: Reconstructed historical road to fish market and art shops

Photo 20: Fishing boats waiting for high tide

Photo 20: Renovation of German Boma

Photo 21: Kaole ruins

Photo 22: Former training center for FRELIMO in Kaole

Photo 23: Bagamoyo bus station with dala dala (local bus)

Video 2: Walking around Bagamoyo

This material is an accompaniment to Digital Drama: Teaching and Learning Art and Media in Tanzania.