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The Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) and the Royal Danish Embassy in Kampala support activities in Uganda that contribute to more equal opportunities for women and youth outside the capital to access contemporary culture and creative industries.

Instructors such as Ojok Francis Odong offer free film training at SOS primary schools in Gulu. The target group for the programme activities is youth. A particular focus is the inclusion of women/girls (photo by Okello Stephen)

In Uganda the majority of art and cultural activities are centered in Kampala, where most cultural organisations, institutions and venues are based. There is therefore a demand for more cultural activities in other parts of the country.

In the conflict-affected Northern Uganda young people have never had permanent access to professional film kits; cultural activities are few, and the community still suffers under the consequences of the civil war. Therefore, Gulu Town in Northern Uganda has been chosen as a hub for the cultural activities supported by the programme.

In close cooperation, CKU and the Royal Danish Embassy in Kampala support the following activities in the 2014-2017 programme:


Strengthening reading culture : Readers and writers clubs in different parts of the country are supported through the programme in order to educate and give young people opportunities to express themselves and create income. Free literary expressions often deal with trauma caused by the civil war that raged Northern Uganda during almost 20 years. By reaching out to youth the aim of the project led by the national NGO Femrite is to build a new reading and writing generation and place Ugandan literature in a much more privileged position in the educational systems and in society in general.


Supporting new talents : Participants in Bayimba Cultural Foundation’s hip hop boot camps taking place in several places in Uganda give their artistic career a kick-start. Guidance in social media management, branding and advice on ways to obtain paid jobs is compulsory part of the hip hop training. At the same time the participants are encouraged to use their local language and write lyrics about themes and conflicts relevant in their community.


Establishing a film studio in Northern Uganda : In order to reduce unemployment and strengthen young North Ugandan filmmakers the programme supports the establishment of the very first film studio in Northern Uganda. Uganda-based Maisha Film Lab will establish a film studio at the TAKS Centre, also known as the epicentre of arts and cultural activities in Gulu Town.


Increasing access to contemporary cultural activities : Strong local partners like Bayimba Cultural Foundation, Femrite and Maisha Film Lab all contribute to a wider and more equal access to cultural activities and the creative economy. Though diverse art forms such as film, literature, and hiphop they encourage young people to become active participants and contributors to the creative economy of Uganda. Empowerment of youth – mainly upcountry and with a particular focus on girls – is a special focus in the programme.


About CKU – Centre for Culture and Development
CKU is a self-governing institution under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In close cooperation with Danish embassies and representations, CKU manages culture and development programmes implemented by local partners in The Middle East, Asia, West Africa, and East Africa. CKU is responsible for the implementation of the Danish strategy for culture and development ‘The Right to Art and Culture’ from 2013.