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EAC Arts, Culture Festivals To Commence On 4th September

JAMAFEST activities include carnival, arts exhibitions and demonstrations in the open spaces, Cultural Villages, Symposiums and workshops

The 5th Edition of the East African Community (EAC) Arts and Culture Festival, popularly known as Jumuiya ya Africa Mashariki Utamaduni Festival (JAMAFEST) is expected to commence on 4th -12th September 2022 in Bujumbura, Burundi.

JAMAFEST activities include a carnival, arts exhibitions and demonstrations in the open spaces, Cultural Villages, Symposiums and different workshops.

The main objective of the Festival themed “Harnessing cultural resources to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the EAC” is to promote regional socio-cultural integration through arts and culture by providing a regional platform to showcase culture as a prime driver of EAC integration.

EAC Arts, Culture Festivals To Commence On 4th September in Bujumbura
JAMAFEST activities include carnival, arts exhibitions and demonstrations in the open spaces, Cultural Villages, Symposiums and workshops

Addressing delegates during the 5th meeting of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) held via hybrid format, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of the Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, said that the main venue of the festival will be at Intwari Stadium in Bujumbura where the main stage for cultural performances, the exhibition and market place will be located.

Hon. Bazivamo underscored the significance of JAMAFEST as a platform for fostering regional socio-cultural integration in East Africa, adding that the festival was aimed at promoting unity in diversity, sharing cross-cultural experiences and dialogues, cultural exchanges in addition to celebrating the rich and diverse cultures and heritage of the people of East Africa.

“I urge the Partner States to use the festival to promote economic growth and revival of the tourism industry in the regional integration,” said the DSG.

The Deputy Secretary General disclosed that a theme Song for the festival has been composed and will be played throughout the festival as part of the publicity campaign of creating awareness of the role of arts and culture in regional integration.

EAC Arts, Culture Festivals To Commence On 4th September in Bujumbura
JAMAFEST activities include carnival, arts exhibitions and demonstrations in the open spaces, Cultural Villages, Symposiums and workshops

During the 5th RSC meeting, the Partner States agreed on sub-themes which shall also form topics for discussions during the Jamafest Symposium 2022 by the Partner States.

Tanzania will prepare a presentation on the adoption of new regional languages in the EAC; South Sudan is tasked with making a presentation on the role of modern technologies in advancing cultural expression and arts – the impact of social media on culture; while Kenya will tackle Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Medicine.

Rwanda will showcase Art, Industry and Tourism; Uganda will handle Youth Participation and Employment while Burundi will handle Research, Innovation and Investment in Arts and Culture.

The 1st Edition of the festival was held in Kigali Rwanda in 2013 followed by Nairobi-Kenya in 2015 then Kampala, Uganda in 2017. The 4th edition was in Dar es Salaam in 2019 then Burundi was proposed host the 5th Edition of JAMAFEST in 2021 but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that restricted travel among Partner States, the festival was postponed to September 2022.

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