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Arts Symposium

Topic: Aligning the Ugandan Arts Economy for Sustainability

The potential for the Culture and Creative sector to support sustainable development and offer equitable solutions and opportunities in Uganda, is gaining traction nonetheless with several milestones to achieve yet, when compared to other countries in Africa.

Kuonyesha Art Fund (KAF) hosted its first Arts Symposium; the arts and culture program that celebrates artists and the arts in all their diversity in Uganda. The symposium encouraged discourse on Aligning the Ugandan Arts economy for sustainability where Teesa Bahana, Director of Uganda Arts Trust, Tshaka Mayanja, a recognized music industry legend, and Prof. Anthony Kakooza, an intellectual property lawyer, were the symposium panelists.

The event was hosted live and virtually to a wide audience of numerous sector practitioners and was moderated by Owekitibwa Nuwa Wamala Nyanzi, a God-taught visual arts practitioner and consultant, and a member of the Kuonyesha Art Fund Advisory committee.

Kuonyesha Art Fund announced the recipients of its 2021 prize at the symposium, as well as launched the 2020 coffee table book titled 'Art Lives On,' which showcases visual documentation of the 2020 KAF alumni art projects and highlights of the artists’ personal growth stories.

Kuonyesha Art Fund, supported by her partners Stichting DOEN and Robert Bosch Stiftung, continues to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Uganda's arts sector, including the challenges and opportunities as articulated by various artists.

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