300 cultural events cancelled over coronavirus

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Hon Peace Mutuuzo

Peace Regis Mutuuzo, the Minister of State for Gender and Culture, has wished Ugandans a happy World Culture Day 2020.

“This is a special day where we commemorate and celebrate globally, the diversity of our culture as the cornerstone for dialogue and development,” she told media in Kampala on Thursday.

Today, 21st May 2020, Uganda will join the rest of the World to commemorate the World Culture Day under the theme “Art, Culture and Crises: Opportunities and Challenges in Uganda”.

The Day provides an opportunity to create awareness to the public on the importance of culture in development, deepen the understanding of the values of cultural diversity and learn to “live together” in harmony.

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“This year, we commemorate the Day under a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has spread across the world.” T

The pandemic as well as other natural calamities including the recent floods in Kasese, the desert locusts in the north, landslides in the east and the rising water levels on Lake Victoria have all affected Ugandans adversely and some of the effects are likely to last a very long time.

The culture and creative industries have not been spared the damage by these calamities.

The entire creative value chain including– creation, production, distribution and access/marketing has been disrupted.

It has further considerably weakened the professional, social and economic status of artists, artistes and performers and creatives and cultural professionals.

In Uganda, over 300 cultural events were cancelled impacting over 700 artists and their fans. The economic, social and emotional cost is enormous.

But culture can also be at the heart of providing solutions to these crises. That is why the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development partnered with UNESCO to organise the weekly ResiliArt Debates, which started on 16 April 2020.

The objective of these engagements is to bring out the voices of creators so that they can shape effective policies of Government post COVID 19.

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