World Theatre Day: Focus on Strengthening Uganda’s Theatre for Wealth Creation

Uganda national theatre.

All is set for the World Theatre Day with a celebration planned for tomorrow (Wednesday) at the National Theatre in Kampala.

The event which kicks off in the morning with exhibitions is expected to be presided over by Sam Okello, thethe Chairperson of the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) Board of Trustees.

The World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). This day has been celebrated annually on March 27 since 1967.

The day has been commemorated by different countries under different themes and various theatre events to mark the occasion. The purpose behind this day is to create awareness about the importance of theatre and art towards achieving national and international harmony but also social economic development.

Local stakeholders say such activities are aligned to the goals set out in the National Development Plan (NDP II) on promotion of culture and creative industries, that provides for effective participation of communities in the development process of Uganda.

“Commemorating this day provides an opportunity to create awareness among the public on the importance of theatre in development. It also helps us reflect on the motive of theatre and culture for peace,” said Robert Musitwa, the Public Relations Officer at the national theatre.

He added that World Theatre Day offers a platform for performing artists and general public to share experience, knowledge and also deepens their understanding of the values of cultural diversity and learn to live in harmony as one family.

This year’s activities are themed “Strengthening theatre industry in Uganda for wealth creation and sustainable development”.

According to Musitwa, activities to celebrate this year’s World Theatre Day started on March 24 with theatrical performances by students from Makerere University department of Performing Arts and will climax tomorrow, March 27 with more activities.

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