By Our reporter
“As the custodian of Culture in Uganda, It is mandatory that we celebrate this day. This is a very important day for us as an institution,” said Francis Peter Ojede the Executive Director UNCC.
“We are organizing this event under the theme “Celebrating our Cultural Diversity: The role of Culture in creating peace and Unity for sustainable development” The main celebrations will be conducted at the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC)- National Theatre on 21, May, 2016.
The Public Relations Officer UNCC, Mr Robert Musiitwa, said choosing Hon Lubwama, one of Uganda’s leading actors as the Chief Guest for World Culture Day is a sign that UNCC recognizes artistes and supports art and culture.“We decided to have Hon Lubwama as our Guest of Honour to demonstrate the importance of artists to us and the special role they play in our society. Currently, many upcoming artistes are looking at him as their role model,” Mr Musiitwa said.
The 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. In so doing we are able to concretize actions, to preserve and promote our culture in its broadest sense thereby paying attention to its intrinsic values so that culture can play its rightful role in the sustainable development of Uganda.
The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development and through Uganda National Cultural Centre recognizes the role of culture in the lives of people and the role that culture plays in the nation’s development.
This is realised through achievements in terms of cultural development in form of the recent policy initiatives, including: the launch of Uganda’s national culture policy that UNATCOM played a great role in making this happen, 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 on traditional and complementary medicine, the restoration of “institutions of traditional and cultural leaders”
As per the 1995 Uganda Constitution, the initial elaboration of a data base on national monuments and sites, the promotion of local languages as subjects in educational curricula, the translation of key policy documents in Uganda’s principal local languages, the draft of the national creative industries authority, the ratification of some UNESCO Conventions to mention but a few. The above achievements so far attained call for celebration and such celebrations ought to be done on the World Culture Day.