By Moses Bakora
Uganda International Cultural Tourism Fair is an annual cultural tourism Festival that was launched by the speaker of parliament Hon Rebecca Kadaga last year 29th July 2016.It’s organized by Perfect Events in collaboration with Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development; under the Private Public Partnership. It was held at Uganda Museum from 28th to 30th July 2017 for its second edition. It brings all Uganda’s distinctive Cultural heritages together alongside other countries and other cultural institutions; to showcase and celebrate their cultural heritages through foods, music, fashion, folklore, art, poetry ,debates, schools Cultural awareness quiz competitions and Cultural performances .
This year, it brought together more than 60 schools both primary and secondary, that participated in the quiz and the winners were Clever’s Origin Junior School and St. Margaret’s College Makerere. The quiz was sponsored by Civil Aviation Authority and Uganda Tourism Board and facilitated by Wildlife Clubs of Uganda. The winners got school fees for each of the two participating students and an Award for the school as the most culturally aware school.
On the side of Ugandan cultures that participated, they included: Ankole, Kigezi, Alur, Karamoja, Madi and Acholi among others. They exhibited their foods and beverages, clothing, music and dance, folklore and cultural performances. The best exhibitors were karamajong Cultural group and Igongo Cultural Centre – Ankole . They won air tickets to any destination of their choice in Africa, sponsored by Kenya Airways.
The international countries that participated include: Turkey, India and Germany. They also exhibited foods, music, fashion , art and performances. The Indian high commission flew in a traditional cultural performing group called Kalbeliya Cultural group; from Rajasthan India, to be part of the Performers. It was well attended by more than 20000 people over the three days of the event.It will happen again next year July, 2018.It will be one of the biggest cultural festivals in Africa in three years to come, where all the unique cultures of the world come together to showcase their uniqueness, celebrate and benchmark from each other.
Compiled by: Bakora Moses
Head Marketing and Communication
Perfect Events Ltd