Why culture diplomacy is crucial

DAR ES SALAAM: TANZANIANS have urged to embrace on culture diplomacy since it is a crucial aspect in enhancing solidarity, peace and harmony in the world.

Director of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), Sayin Hanönü made the remarks at the ongoing calligraphy exhibition week in Dar es Salaam insisting that culture diplomacy is crucial in fostering mutual understanding.

Cultural diplomacy, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is harnessed by countries to promote their cultural distinctiveness, thus enhancing the world’s cultural diversity while paving the way to cooperation and dialogue.

Calligraphy exhibition, the six-day event of showcasing visual art related to writing, started has been organized by TIKA in collaboration with Turkiye based Albayrak Group.

Speaking at the well-attended event by diplomats representing their countries in Tanzania, Zanzibar’s House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, Mgeni Hassan Juma said that art provides an opportunity to respect each other as well as enhancing the world’s cultural diversity.

“Exchanging cultures is one of the ways to get to know each other. Each one of us has his or her own culture so when we learn the cultures of others it means we start to build human relationships,” said Mgeni.

On his part, the executive secretary of the Tanzania Film Board (TFB), Dr Kiagho Kilonzo Turkiye has agreed to provide film technical training to Tanzanians.

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