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UNCC Intensifies Arts and Culture Coverage with Launch of Own Magazine

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For a long time, the Arts and culture sector has faced a number of challenges among which include the absence of an authoritative voice and a common platform for the sector players to voice their concerns thus hindering its smooth operation.

This has since brought about a shortage of information on the various opportunities available for the various sector players among others.

It’s upon this basis that the Uganda National Culture Centre (UNCC) in partnership with the French Embassy Kampala through the FSPI culture project has launched the Arts and Culture Magazine with an urgent need to address prevailing challenges so as to have the sector emerge out of shadows.

Addressing the press at the launch, UNCC Head of Communications Robert Musitwa, said that the objective of the magazine is to provide a platform and a voice for the Arts and Culture sector as well as ignite positive debates.

It will be a deliberate and conscious voice of the sector to policymakers and development partners; a mirror for the artistes and cultural practitioners through which they can see themselves without bias; and an open accountability to partners and consumers of Uganda art and cultural goods and services,” he said.

Additionally, this magazine will give regular updates about upcoming events and projects, the opportunities available for Ugandan artistes and cultural practitioners locally, regionally, and globally,” added Musitwa.

He further noted that the magazine will be used as a platform that will shine a spotlight on the arts and cultural sector.

It will be the voice for the sector to the policymakers as well as a source of valuable information for the artists and cultural practitioners,” he said.

Given the fact that the arts and cultural sector like any other sector have been greatly affected by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic with a total closure of almost 2 years, Musitwa adds that and the magazine will act as a strong and authoritative voice to lobby and advocate for the sector.

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Andrew Lwanga Sebagala, the UNCC Production officer said that the magazine will intensify UNCC’s effective service delivery to the artists across all sectors.

On several occasions, our artists find it very hard to get to the mainstream media or afford costs to promote themselves yet UNCC has the mandate to promote the artistes. When artistes bring their work here, we shall promote them before, during, and after,” he said.

He further justified that the Magazine is continuity of the three UNCC major mandates which are still not known among the majority, including establishing and planning for theatres, encouraging and developing artistic and cultural activities as well as accommodating the artists.

When we have a blueprint for them, they will be able to come and demand because we are empowering the artists so that they can demand these services from us and when they demand them, we shall also have to demand them from the government,” he said.

Also speaking at the launch, Charles Batambuze, the Vice Chairman of the National Cultural Forum said that the magazine will help arts writers, creative artists increase their skills.

As NCF we believe that this development has come at a right period when we need to see Uganda’s talents seen in greenlight,” he said.

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