Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC), in partnership with Mizizi Ensemble, launched a cultural gala on July 13 at the National Theatre gardens.
The executive director UNCC, Francis Peter Ojede, explained that the weekly gala will help in preserving, promoting and popularising culture, which is UNCC’s mandate.
“Uganda is the home to many different tribal groups and a wide variety of distinguished customs. We want to showcase these amazing cultures in one place,” Ojede said.
The day’s performances were mainly from the East, where the chief guest, speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, hails from. She commended the UNCC for the initiative.
The speaker added: “This cultural gala will be a great way for families to spend their Sundays after church.”
The launch of the gala was a family event with parents and children enjoying the music. Mizizi Ensemble, a cultural group that specialises in traditional dances from all parts of Uganda, entertained the revellers who showed up in big numbers. Their energetic performances were a big warm-up for Susan Kerunen’s West Nile beats.
Also on the day’s entertainment lineup was a fashion show, showcasing African textiles and prints by Nommo gallery. Bouncing castles were also available for the children. Mizizi Ensemble, the resident troupe, will be serving a menu of exciting cultural dances, dynamic music and storytelling every Sunday at the National Theatre gardens.
It will also be hosting artistes and groups from different regions and countries. Ojede said UNCC is starting the gala in Kampala but plans to set up regional centres so as to popularise culture. Entrance to the gala will be Shs 5,000 for adults and Shs 2,000 for children.
Source : The Observer