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A vibrant art centre and platform for artistic exchange where artists come to create, learn, inspire, and share their work with the world


Nafasi Art Space believes in furthering and enriching human potential through the medium of contemporary art. We are a vibrant art centre and platform for artistic exchange in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where contemporary visual artists and performing artists come together to create, learn, inspire, exhibit and perform.


Nafasi Art Space hosts the Nafasi Academy for Contemporary Art, artist studios, and many active spaces and programmes for the creation and enjoyment of the arts. We offer regular artistic and public programmes including training and workshops, art talks, and public events, such as film screenings, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, and public art fairs. Nafasi also supports other artists and arts organisations across Tanzania via its FEEL FREE grant and incubation programme.


Nafasi Art Space is home to some 20 studios, many converted from old shipping containers. Studios are used to paint, produce music, weave, weld, sculpt and more. We also have a children’s art space with weekly classes, an art library, 3 galleries of different sizes, a large outdoor performance space, a music rehearsal studio, and many other spaces for networking, learning, and creating.


To deepen our impact on creativity, education and connections for even more Tanzanian art and artists, we want to develop our creative infrastructure – starting with a shared workshop space for our Academy artist development programme and a Networking space with a shop, reception area, digital media lab, and co-working spaces. More than 50 artists will use these spaces to explore their artistic ideas and share with the public. Please chip in if you can!



See our exhibitions and art works online here


Since it was founded in 2008, Nafasi has built, from the ground-up, a thriving artistic ecosystem of studios, exhibition and performance spaces, artworks, meeting and learning opportunities to inspire and support artists in Tanzania and to give audiences and art lovers a place to experience and appreciate arts and culture.

Meet a few of our past and present member artists and Academy students on the right. Some of our artists have studios at Nafasi, some join us for workshops and events, some are performers who use our space for training and rehearsals.

Nafasi continues to be a vibrant space and platform for artistic exchange where visual and performing artists come to create, learn, inspire, exhibit and perform.


Nafasi is not only a space for the creation of art, but also a platform to share it with the public. Nafasi events promote participation in culture, strengthen community and build a shared sense of cultural pride and identity.


Our events include festivals, film screenings, interactive art fairs, performances, and concerts. Our aim is to connect audiences with meaningful, inspiring, and beautiful artistic works and experiences.


Need a fabulous space to hold an event?

Available for Meetings, Concerts, Screenings, Exhibitions, Conferences, Workshops, and Parties.

Nafasi Art Space offers you a convenient location to host events and activities at an affordable price. With both an indoor hall and a large outside compound Nafasi Art Space is ideal for hosting different types of occasions and events. We also have ample parking space and a 24hr security presence.