The JAMAFEST is an East African Community art and culture activity held every two years- 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, the next is 2021. It brings together all artists, practitioners and administrators of the six (6) Partner States over a seven day period to participate in a number of activities especially exhibitions and demonstrations (paintings, carvings, weaving, beading, pottery, film/documentary, photography, recycled art, body art, traditional medicine, design, fashion and body adornment, food & beverage, literary works & publications. A fashion night to show case different fashion ware from the East Africa among others. There is also an intellectual dialogue on the the practice and implementation of Policies in EAC.
The objectives are:
i. to showcase art and culture as primary drivers of regional integration and sustainable development;
ii. to share and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage as well as contemporary practice of East Africa;
iii. to provides space for intercultural dialogue amongst the people of East Africa;
iv. to foster the economic development of EAC through nurturing the growth of a strong creative and cultural industry; and
v. to promote arts, culture and Tourism as a tool in the celebration and branding of East African identity and image.
Uganda's participation in the previous festivals has strengthened networks and increased Ugandan cultural products and services visibility in the East African Common Market. Ugandans are now participating in international markets such as the recently concluded 29 May - 2 June, 2019 Uganda Expo 2019 Moscow.
Ugandan films are now winning awards at international level. Further, Ugandan music is now rated the third best in Africa and the best in East Africa.
The products are now contributing to Uganda's competitiveness in international trade. For example the European Union is funding a three year project titled Handicraft and Souvenier Development Project in Uganda for the period June 2019 June 2022.
35,000 per annum
|Name of partner||Type of entity|
Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development
Parliament of Uganda
Uganda National Cultural Centre
Ministry of East African Community Affairs
JAMAFEST is gaining ground with many stakeholders wanting to participate in the event
Need for more awareness at the international level for the event
Need for more resources to support the creatives from the rural areas to participate
Need for better documentation and to use it for lobbying for funds