Uganda is composed of a diverse and rich cultural heritage expressed in arts and performances, social norms, languages, marriage ceremonies, indigenous knowledge systems of nature and environment, music and dances. The cultural heritage comprise of both tangible and intangible that are enshrined in our lives, inherited, recreated that has evolved over time. Culture is a strong part of people's lives, it influences their views, values, humor, hopes, loyalties. Culture provides a sense of identity, social cohesion, self-esteem and continuity of humanity.
The diverse cultural heritages are interconnected to one another and therefore the boundaries of ethnic cultures are fluid, they are not pure. We celebrate the diverse cultures for promoting unified nation in order to build strong pillars of foundation for our young generation and enhancing relationships with one another in order to have an understanding of their cultures for wealth creation and unity.
Uganda is a signatory to Unesco convention of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage 2003, the convention of cultural diversity and expression 2005 and the convention to protecting and promoting cultural and natural heritage 1972. As such as a nation through the cultural policy 2006 and Museums policy 2015, the republic of Uganda therefore affirms its constitutional obligation of mainstreaming cultural heritage and guarantees its preservation and enhancement for promoting sustainable development. We therefore applaud different communities, cultural institutions and individuals who are playing major role in the proclamation, recreation, safeguarding, maintenance and promotion of cultural heritage, which help to enrich our cultural diversity and human creativity.
This year the Ugandan community will have an opportunity to display the cultures local and international, corporate and informal as well as the historical/traditional cultures under the theme : "Appreciating who we are: Celebrating Cultural Diversity"
Therefore, the purpose of hosting this Uganda International Cultural fair is to establish a platform where the Ugandan Community and the international communities celebrate our culture. This fair will also help to establish relationships with people from different cultural heritages across the globe and support creating an enabling environment in which people can work together to build strong socio economic base of Uganda hence feeding into the vision 2040 of prosperous nation.
This event will run for three (03) days from 29th - 31st July 2016. This event will offer a sandwich of formal sessions and dialogues on culture, social exhibition of culture. The exhibition will include physical display of what different groups identify themselves with ranging from dressing (Fashion), art and craft, music, dance, drama, poetry, diverse cuisine, wine testing, local brew, historical traditional tales and legends, acrobatics, magic shows among other things in their individual exhibition booths. National Kingdoms, cultural clusters and the international community will be invited to showcase their cultures.
Schools are invited to offer an opportunity to the young generation to learn about the different cultures both local and international and be inspired. Schools will also be a major focus for creating a tourism culture amongst the Ugandan community since behavioral change is more effective amongst the very young as compared to adults. There shall be school cultural quiz competetions being sponsored by Uganda Tourism Board(UTB). The best pair of students will be awarded school fees for the next term, the teacher or trainer and the school for the best pair of students will be awarded as well.
The importance of promoting the cultural fair
Uganda Wildlife Authority was on Wednesday April 6th,2016,greatly honoured to host HE President Yoweri Museveni in Semuliki National Park where he went for a nature walk in the forest and also visited the famous Sempaya hot springs . He commended UWA for great work in promoting conservation and tourism
Tree-climbing lions? Tick! Healthy numbers of hippos and elephants? Tick! Over 600 different bird species? You’ve got it… This is the place to come for guaranteed sightings of a huge range of African wildlife, a real-life geography lesson in the difference between savannah, wetlands and forest and the chance to do all this without having to share it with too many of your fellow humans.You can also take a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel, giving your family a unique perspective on the many mammals, birds and reptiles coming to drink here.