During our opening week, we hosted Canadian artist Hans Poppe, who has family ties to Iringa. With his wonderful Swahili themed art work, it added a special touch to our launch. Members of the community came to meet the artist as well as tour the museum. We now have several pieces permanently on display in the boma for our future guests enjoyment.
A big thanks to both Hans and the program director, Jan for working together with me to make this show possible. I hope it is the first of many……
The museum is now open daily from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Located in the heart of Iringa in Southern Tanzania, our museum is a place of stories. Stories about Iringa in the past and the present, about the different people making Iringa their home, about customs, traditions and ways of life and about the fascinating places that make Iringa unique.
With exciting temporary exhibits as well as rooms which highlight the History of Iringa, Cultures & Traditions, Natural & Cultural Treasures and interactive displays, there is sure to be something of interest to everyone.
Though the day started a bit cold & windy (after all it is ‘winter’ here in Iringa), the excitement & passion of those who came to celebrate our Grand Opening of the Iringa Boma – Regional Museum helped to warm everyone up until the sun shone hot & bright.
The day included our special guests, the Minister of Foreign Affairs – Mr Mahiga, the Minister of Lands – Mr Lukuvi as well as representatives from the EU & German embassy.
The energy of our cultural performers was amazing and many Iringa residents came to enjoy the music & dances through out the day.
Located at the heart of Iringa in Southern Tanzania, our museum is a place of stories.
Stories about Iringa in the past & the present, about the different people making Iringa their home, about customs, traditions & ways of life and about the fascinating places that make Iringa unique
After the ribbon cutting, we welcomed the public to view the museum displays as well as our international art exhibit.
Overall, everyone left with a positive impression of the tourism potential in Southern Tanzania and will remember the historic day they were part of our celebration.
Photos courtesy of @hanspoppe Hans Poppe – Artist – Mississauga Ont Canada
In 2014, fahari yetu started the extensive renovation of the German Boma, which had been recently vacated by the District Commissioner’s office. One of the key objectives of the program is to preserve and foster cultural awareness, pride, exchange and participation through public accessibility and display.
On June 25th, 2016, the fully renovated Boma which is now the Iringa Regional Museum & Cultural Center, will be officially opened to the public. The Grand Opening ceremony will be held at on Saturday and will be shared with our stakeholders, supporters, partners, donors and government representatives.
A detailed schedule of events will be posted in the coming weeks, so please check back for details, however be sure to add the date to your calendar….It’s Iringa’s time to shine!