By Moses Oketayot

The Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development through its agency, Uganda National Cultural Center is organizing the 4th Annual UNCC Arts and Culture Festival: Celebrating Uganda at 60 years, scheduled for October 7-9, 2022.

The main focus of this year’s festival is; Take stock of the evolution of Art and Culture since 1962, celebrate Art and Culture, edutain and entertain Ugandans and other art lovers.

The first day of the festival will be the official opening and opening acts, symposium, exhibitions and opening performances of Kathak dance troupe from India and Winnie Nwagi.

On the second day, there will be a Cultural Parade departing from the National Theater at 9:00 a.m. via Siade Barre Road, Nile Avenue, Speak Hotel, Grand Imperial Hotel, Constitutional Square, Buganda Road, YMCA and connecting to Bombo and returning to the National Theater via Kampala Road.

The parade will be led by the Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development, performers led by organizations such as the National Culture Forum, NUCPAAW, National Promoters Association and Uganda Musicians Association. The dress code for the parade will be African attire including Kitenge.

Thereafter, we will continue to organize traditional dances and live performances, while exhibitions and other activities, including comedy and film screenings, will take place.

On the third day, after the main independence celebrations in Kololo, there will be stage performances from 4:00 p.m. to midnight when the festival closes.

Peace Regis Mutuuzo; the Minister of State for Gender Affairs and Culture said that the public should expect a host of activities, especially traditional dances from different parts of the country including the Super Eagle of Kalongo, Nandujja ​​​​and Central Planets, Bamasaba Cultural Troupe, Mugahinga 3 Kisoro Cultural Trope, Nle Beat, Alur Cultural Troupe, Igongo Cultural Troupe, House of Talent, Mizizi Ensemble, Kathak Dance Troupe from India and many more , she added.

“Also expect quality live performances from artists like Azawi, Levixon, Ragga Dee, Winnie Nwangi, Suzan Kerunen, among others. This festival will help create a marketplace where artists, businesses and the business community will meet to sell their products (income), create employment opportunities and also help influence government policy. »

During the three days of the festival, the public will also learn about different cultures from Uganda and beyond. We call on all art and culture loving Ugandans, heads of cultural institutions, government officials, foreign missions, tertiary institutions and schools, media to join us as we celebrate the annual 3-day arts and culture festival at the National Theatre.

Mutuuzo thanked all partners for their support to the Festival, including Ministry of Gender, Labour, High Commission of India, Stanbic Bank, Pepsi, Centenary Bank, NSSF, Uganda Breweries Ltd, Indian High Commission Kampala, Food Platz, UDC, Plus 256 Studios, UBC, Radio Four, NBS, NTV, UCDA, National Culture Forum (NCF), National Union of Creative Performing Artists and Allied Workers (NUCPAAW), Goethe Zentrum / Ug Cultural Society, French Embassy , Turbo Rays, Alliance Française, among others

She further underscored the importance of events such as the festival, which are increasingly becoming Uganda’s main tourist attraction, as well as job creators and income generators, and said that the government will continue to support such initiatives.

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