The festival will take place for nine days in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The 5th edition of the East African Community (EAC) Arts and Culture Festival, popularly known as the Jumuiya ya Africa Mashariki Utamaduni Festival (JAMAFEST) is scheduled to run from 4 to 12 September 2022 at Bujumbura, Burundi.

The main objective of the Festival theme “Harnessing Cultural Resources to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19 in the EAC” is to promote regional socio-cultural integration through arts and culture by providing a regional platform for showcase culture as the main driver of EAC mainstreaming. .

Addressing delegates at the 5th Regional Steering Committee (RSC) meeting held via a hybrid format, EAC Deputy Secretary General for Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, said that the main venue of the festival will be at the Intwari stadium in Bujumbura where the main stage of cultural performances, the exhibition and the market place will be located.

Hon. Bazivamo highlighted the importance of JAMAFEST as a platform to foster regional socio-cultural integration in East Africa, adding that the festival aims to promote unity in diversity, sharing of experiences and dialogues intercultural, cultural exchanges in addition to celebrating wealth and diversity. cultures and heritage of the peoples of East Africa.

“I urge partner states to use the festival to promote economic growth and the revival of the tourism industry in regional integration,” the DSG said.

The Deputy Secretary General revealed that a theme song for the festival has been composed and will be played throughout the festival as part of the publicity campaign to raise awareness of the role of arts and culture in regional integration.

At the 5th RSC Meeting, Partner States agreed on sub-themes which will also be topics for discussion at the Jamafest 2022 Symposium by Partner States.

The United Republic of Tanzania was commissioned to prepare a presentation on the adoption of new regional languages ​​in the EAC; the Republic of South Sudan was commissioned to make a presentation on the role of modern technologies in promoting cultural expression and the arts – the impact of social media on culture; while the Republic of Kenya will tackle indigenous knowledge and traditional medicine.

The Republic of Rwanda was awarded Arts, Industry and Tourism; The Republic of Uganda will deal with youth participation and employment while Burundi will deal with research, innovation and investment in arts and culture.