The Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) is set to launch an Art and Culture Television with an aim of boosting the creative industry despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The curtains in theatres are down, the doors to concert venues and clubs are still slammed shut and the creative industry can’t access studios.
Coronavirus has shaken up the entertainment industry worldwide but indeed the arts sector will always find a way to thrive in Uganda, the arts industry is defying the virus as it finds its way into the ears and the eyes of the fans.
In an exclusive interview with ChimpReports, the Executive director UNCC, Francis Peter Ojede noted that Covid-19 has had an impact on the arts industry thus boosting a change from the physical celebrations to digital.
“We have been thinking loudly about the Art and Culture TV after Covid-19, how we can do business without interruptions and also entertain our audience,” he said.
Ojede added that the TV will air programs that talk about the country’s cultural values and the public will watch different cultural programs without moving to theatres.
“Just like you see programs on DSTV’s NAT GEO wild, we will also focus on culture, things like music, dance, storytelling, drama and transfer of traditional knowledge,” he added.
UNCC will also partner with Alliance Francaise Kampala (AF) to create digital art content for both the local and international audience.
“We still need more equipment, capital and facilities to effectively implement the whole idea, the more reason UNCC is partnering with Alliance Francaise,” Ojede added.
Meanwhile, AF Director Patrice Gilles noted that the alliance between Uganda and France will help boost, promote and exchange culture as well as promote French as a language.
“Our alliance will create a mutual understanding between cultures, this will foster more interactions and enlighten the world about both France and Uganda’s culture,” he said.
He added that despite the digital change, the physical way of celebrations should not be forgotten.
“We have to plan digital but we can’t ignore the physical way of celebrating our culture,” Gilles said.