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call for writers

sea-writersFollowing on from ‘Street Level’,  ‘Sea Level’ is a new body of work portraying the architectural and cultural heritage of coastal Tanzania.

The artwork will focus on the architecture of key historic coastal towns of Tanga, Pangani, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar Stone Town, Kilwa, Lindi and Mikindani as well as the typical styles, environment and livelihoods of the Swahili coast.

It is envisioned that the body of work will evolve into the creation of a book. As such, writers are invited to submit short creative pieces for consideration – maximum 850 words each.

Not wanting to constrict creativity, the brief is broad – writing can be prose or poetry and inspired by any aspect of life on the Tanzanian coast – past and present. Initial deadline for submissions is March 31st 2013.

For more information please email sarahindar@gmail.com.

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safari time

water carrier

Dar Sketches is heading to the States for some Street Level book events – so anyone in the Washington area – karibu sana! Busboys and Poets 1st Nov, Library of Congress 2nd, Smithsonian Museum of African Art 3rd.

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who’s got the power?

vx got the power

… and the real VXs… correlation?

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tanesco blues

tanesco blues

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jamatkhana

Built in 1930, this striking building on Mosque Street was a major centre of activity for the Khoja Ismaili community up to the 1960s along with the Aga Khan Library built in 1934, and Aga Khan Girl’s School in 1935.

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plastic chairs

dish dash chair

It’s unlikely you will ever be further than a few metres from a plastic chair in Dar. Plastic chairs never die. They can be sewn together with wire, stuck together with remnants of advertising stickers, stacked in multiples to compensate for their broken limbs, tied to tree trunks, balanced on rocks, logs and any other solid objects that provide the requisite support for a gentle snooze, a cold drink on the street corner or an animated debate with friends.

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kaderoina building

After using evasive artistic license for a while, I finally relented to portraying NHC pink. In fact it almost suits this curvaceous building on the corner of Jamhuri and Mwisho street.

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selander bridge

Built in 1949 by the Punja family, this used to be the Sun and Sands Hotel. Currently a fetching shade of NHC coral pink and inhabited by Selander Bridge Police, it is a stunning landmark of Dar.

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VX bajaji

flag bajajiwishing you all a lovely christmas and utterly fabulous start to 2012

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penguins in dar

penguin

Dar’s street vendors make for some wonderfully surreal moments … I nearly fell off my bike when i passed this guy and his soft toy collection on Ohio street.

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