World Culture Day offers Ugandans, the opportunity to reflect, recognize and take stock of the contribution of Culture in development and also to assert the importance of our cultures.
By Bayan Nalubwama
Uganda is set to join the rest of the world on 21st, May, 2021 in the celebrations of the annual World Cultural day.
The celebrations in Uganda are to be held at the Uganda National Cultural Center and are to be celebrated under the theme; “The Impact of COVID-19 on Culture: Promoting Recovery and Resilience of the Creative Industry in Uganda.
On this day, the public gets the opportunity of knowing and understanding the importance of culture in development, deepen understanding of the values of and learning to live together better.
Among others, the objectives of the day is to provide a platform for cultural stakeholders and policymakers to appreciate and celebrate the Ugandan rich and diverse Culture.
To mobilize and orient the public and policymakers on the role of Culture in social-economic transformation.
To take stock of the impact of Covid-19 on the sector and propose practical measures/interventions for both Government and stakeholders for the recovery of the cultural sector.
Juliana Naumo, Commissioner, Culture and Family affairs at the Ministry of Gender,Labour and Social Development reveals that the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and Uganda National Cultural Centre recognizes the role of culture in the lives of people and the nation’s development.
“This is realized through achievements in terms of Cultural development in form of the recent policy intiatives, including reviewing of Uganda’s national Culture policy (2006) the launch of the policy on the use of local languages as a medium of instruction in primary education, the development of a draft national policy an traditional and contemporary medicine, the restoration of institutions of traditional and Cultural leaders as per the 1995 Uganda constitution…” She says
Francis Peter Ogede, the Executive Director, UNCC says celebrating World Culture day every year is vital as it offers Ugandans the opportunity to reflect and recognize the contribution of Culture in development.
” World Culture Day offers Ugandans, the opportunity to reflect, recognize and take stock of the contribution of Culture in development and also to assert the importance of our cultures.”
Robert Musiitwa, the PRO, UNCC says the day will is to be filled with fun filled activities and because of the SOPs, only a few people will access the auditorium. He adds that the rest of the world will not be left out as every activity will be streamed on UNCC ‘s social media platforms.
“Due to COVID 19, the main activity will be streamed live online from UNCC main auditorium with a few guests. Several activities have been organised aimed at highlighting the importance of culture. Activities that’s started on Monday 17th and will end on 30th May 2021 include film shows, Symposium, Heritage Awards, Museum day, performences, exhibitions among others.” He enlightened.