A grand Acholi cultural festival is being organised to revive the glory of the lost during the over 20 years of the Northern insurgency, the cultural institution Ker Kwaro Acholi has said.
The festival is to showcase the rich Acholi culture and traditions including dances, songs and performances, food and drinks. The event is also emphasise culture and discipline of the Acholi for the young adults and children.
The festival that will be held in Gulu's Ker Kwaro Acholi and Kaunda Grounds will bring together over 10,000 people from the eight districts of Agago, Kitgum, Pader, Lamwo, Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro.
The event is scheduled to take place from 14th to 16th of December under the theme "Kwero Deyo pa Acholi", which translates to Celebrating the beauty of Acholi.
Ambrose Olaa, the Prime Minister Ker Kwaro Acholi says that the Acholi culture was distorted during the two decades of war that saw thousands abducted and thousands more killed, while many people grew up in the camps.
Olaa says parents did not get the time to reflect on their heritage with the children, while the camp tradition promoted poor culture and poor health of the people instead. He says the festival will look at things that bring the Acholi people together, including recognising key personalities that have contributed to the Acholi people. He says people never had the time, space and resources during the war.
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He says a unique thing to experience will be the food and dance of the Acholi and the meanings behind them. Olaa states that Acholi have hundreds of types of food, songs and dances that will be experienced.
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Olaa says this will be an annual event that will among other things develop into unique story telling activities and tourist attraction. Olaa called on many Acholi and none Acholi to attend and celebrate culture.
The event will cost over of 500 million in total with most of it in form of products from different companies.
Mary Lawoko says several cultural practices of the Acholi people were lost, but with the festival they will be revived. She called on many Ugandans and cultural institutions to show up and learn but also enjoy.
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The Acholi is a Luo Nilotic ethnic group from Northern Uganda covering the districts of Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Nwoya, Lamwo, Pader and Omoro. The 2014 census puts the population at approximately 1.5 million people. Acholi region sits on vast tracts of fertile land interceded with undulating plains, valleys, rivers and mountains.