Cultural Institution has suspended the fourth edition of the Annual Acholi
cultural festival because of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was
launched by the Acholi Paramount Chief, David Onen Acana II in 2017 to bring together
the Acholi people to celebrate their culture and identity.
Since its inauguration, the prestigious cultural gala has
been graced by thousands of people from different walks of life within Acholi
and outside the region. Ambrose Olaa, the Acholi Premier told Uganda Radio
Network in an interview on Monday that this year’s event has been called off in
conformity with the ban of public gatherings by the Health Ministry.
the festival is suspended until the health situation in the country permits
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He, however, notes that the cultural institution along with its partners will continue
planning for the gala in 2021. This year’s festival was slated to be held in
Kitgum district for the second year in a row.
The District hosted the third edition of the cultural
festival last year under the theme “My heritage, My strength.” Alex Oyet, the
Coordinator Acholi Cultural Institution in-charge of East Acholi says they are
looking at the next year if the situation normalizes to hold the festival.
“We needed to have started preparation for this festival early this year but
because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the plans couldn’t go on. Festivals entail
dances, singing and most of the dances are done in groups, which become a
health risk,” Oyet told URN in an interview.
The annual cultural festival entails showcasing the variety of traditional
dishes, regalia, dances, folklore, dressing, songs, housing and history of the
Acholi people. The Ministry of Health has maintained the ban on large gatherings
since March this year to curb the spread of the deadly contagion.
The country is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19
community transmission cases with cumulative confirmed cases hitting
27,532 and 221 death cases registered as per data provided by the Ministry of
Health on Sunday.