Uganda will join the rest of East African community members to celebrate Arts and Culture in the region.The festival, which is the first of its kind in the region will be called Jumiiya ya Afrika Mashariki Utamaduni (JAMAFEST).
It will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 11th -17th February 2013. “The festival will be celebrated under the theme; “Fostering East African Community Integration through Cultural Industries”.” Says a release from Uganda media centre
The Minister of State for Gender and Cultural Affairs, Rukia Nakadama says JAMAFEST is intended to fast track the realisation of a unified East Africa and promotion of regional socio-cultural integration through the Arts and Culture.
The festival will among others; provide a platform to showcase culture as a primary driver of regional integration and sustainable development; bring together East African Cultural practitioners and administrators to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of East Africa; provide space for intercultural dialogue among the people of East Africa and Foster the economic development of the region through creating a market for the cultural goods and services and promoting arts and culture as a tool of communication in branding the image of the East African Community.
Uganda has prepared various activities to showcase the Arts and Culture wealth of Uganda and it will be show cased in what will be called the “Uganda Village”.
The other Member States will also show case their Arts and Culture in similar villages and together we shall show case the heritage wealth of this region to the rest of the World.