Cultural heritage and creative industries in the culture sector are crucial to implement change and promote sustainable development. Supporting actors involved in culture and establishing infrastructures that help artists strive and inspire their communities, is one of the areas of focus of the European Union in Tanzania.
The EU is proud to be one of the largest investors in the arts and cultural heritage in the country. Under the 10th EDF Support to Culture programme, the EU provided EUR 10 million for a range of initiatives. 18 projects were selected in cultural heritage and creative industries to support Tanzanians with jobs and livelihoods through dance, weaving, production skills, music, theatre, art, tourism and tour guide skills. In addition, the thematic budget line 'Investing in People' has supported a skills and job creation programme supporting skills development in traditional restoration techniques in Zanzibar.