Culture festival launches at Uganda Museum

Lavinia Tuhimbise

Culture World in partnership with the ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Tuesday launched its inaugural “My Culture My Identity” Festival scheduled for June 22, 2019 at Uganda Museum.

Addressing press at the Kamwokya based museum, Lavinia Tuhimbise, the CEO of Culture World, said activities of the day will include; bazaar, performances, exhibitions, fashion show, poetry, mini tournaments and comedy.

The festival will feature cultural groups, cultural leaders, dignitaries and cultural enthusiasts.

Tuhimbise, a former university guild official and entrepreneur who started Culture World from humble beginnings, says the day is meant to celebrate the cultural diversity of Uganda in a fun and educative environment.

“It is a cultural extravaganza put in modern parlance,” she told press.

“We will have an open air concert with entertainers from dance, poetry, music, fashion and comedy,” she added.

Tuhimbise said they also have sports gala with games used to teach children to count, face enemies and celebrate friendships spearheaded by Cheza Association.

“Mini tournaments will include board games like mweeso and ddulu and multiplayer games like kwepena and bulaada with winners walking away with instant prizes.”

She said this will be brightened by an Elders’ Meet which has become fashionable in this post political correctness era where people can speak in non-threatening terms.

The festival begins at 9am with a cultural affair featuring exhibitors. There will be built up stalls with food, beverage and cultural bounty in a vending capacity to target of 1000.

At 4pm, invited guests will be received to an Afrocentric carpet experience and a fashion showcase that is the centre piece of the day.

As selected team of creative designers for example Kaijuka Abbas from Kais Divo Collection, Bantu by Clare, Eguana Kampala etc will dazzle attendees with arrangement of pageantry in fabric interspersed with great entertainment from Afrigo band and others.

Tickets to the festival go for Shs20,000 ordinary, Shs50,000 VIP and Shs1,000,000 for a table.

Tuhimbise has a bachelor’s degree in Ethics and Human Rights from Makerere University.

Venturing into fashion and design industry, she has a popular shop in Wandegeya, Kampala.

Culture World is one of more renowned shops in the industry. It was a service provider for 2018 Miss Tourism Beauty Contest.

“My Culture, My Identity” is an inaugural event of what will be an annual festival. 

Lavinia Tuhimbise [white blouse with cultural decorations] unveiling her sponsors

The theme of the event was inspired by the potential for the youth to find opportunities in promoting their unique cultural identities.

Proceeds from the festival will go to Kaleke Kasome Children Foundation based in Mpigi district. The target is educating and skilling the girl-child.



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