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Uganda ’s major Events and festivals.

Major and most celebrated Festivals in Uganda.



Cultural diversity set the tone for the popular festivals of Uganda, a country with a fusion of forty different ethnic groups and which has a mix of cultures and traditions. Its festivals are not only related to its ethnic groups but also to the Christian religion, to which almost eighty percent of the population belongs.

In order to talk about festivals in Uganda, you need to keep in mind that music is the key element of most events celebrated in this country. Take note of the list of events below if you want to find out about the most popular and emblematic festivals.


Festival of the Ugandan Martyrs.

Every 3 June there is a festival to celebrate what is considered to be one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.  Almost a million people attend, and a festival is a national event of such importance that it is covered by national television.


The Nile Festival.

A Nile river cruise is one of the most popular ways to see the wealth of archaeological treasures and cultural attractions Egypt has to offer. It’s a cruise that brings Egypt’s 5,000-year history to life, transporting you back to a time of pharaohs, towering pyramids and Egyptian gods such as Ra and Osiris.

This celebration lasts a week and is one of the popular Ugandan festivals with the highest attendance. It takes place in early August in Jinja, and it centers on the rich and diverse cultures of the people that live on the shores of the River Nile.

Art and the cultural tradition of Uganda, as well as the cultures from the rest of Africa, mix to offer a great cultural program which is full of music, dance, theatre, folklore, storytelling, and gastronomy, as well as live shows. It also has a parade along the streets, children’s activities and dance workshops. It is, without doubt, a great opportunity to discover the tribes of the whole of Uganda from close up.

International Film Festival of Amakula.


Also known as the Amakula Kampala Cinema Caravan, this festival travels throughout the whole country over a period of four months, from the beginning of September to the end of November. It screens old and new films with themes based around independence.Things you need to know about the British people.

The festival also offers workshops in cinematography and the creation of soundtracks for silent films. If you like cinema, this is one of the most recommended events for discovering this art during your visit to the country.


International Film, Music and Arts Festival of Bayimba. 

Of all the popular festival of Uganda, this three-day festival, which takes place in the National Theatre of Uganda, attracts thousands of visitors. The festival centers on the art and culture of Uganda and is a must-see for all visitors who want to learn more about the music and art scene of the country.This has become the country’s number one festival, and the one in which Kampala truly comes to life. The festival gathers together music, cinema, dance, theatre, and visual arts under one roof and not only does it present local artists, but also those from other East African countries..


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