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Soroti to Host National Museum Celebrations :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Soroti to Host National Museum Celebrations

Nelson Abiti, the Principal Curator in charge of Museum Services at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities, emphasized that the week's activities aim to foster a deeper appreciation of the region's cultural heritage and highlight the transformative role of museums in shaping a brighter future for the country.
Soroti Regional Museum.

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The Soroti Regional Museum is set to host the national celebrations for International Museum Day on Saturday, May 18, 2024, as announced by the Department of Museums and Monuments at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities.  

Preparations for the event are in full swing and will kick off with an exhibition on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This will be followed by a quiz, poetry, and fine art competition at Soroti University on Thursday, culminating in a city cleanup, tree planting, and a campfire on Friday night before the main celebration on Saturday.   

Nelson Abiti, the Principal Curator in charge of Museum Services at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities, emphasized that the week's activities aim to foster a deeper appreciation of the region's cultural heritage and highlight the transformative role of museums in shaping a brighter future for the country.    

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Abiti revealed that Soroti will be the second regional museum to host the national celebrations since Uganda began commemorating International Museum Day in 2015. Last year, Gulu hosted the inaugural regional celebrations. Soroti was chosen due to its unique cultural sites, such as the Nyero Rock Paintings, which offer insights into human existence dating back over 5,000 years.

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The theme for this year's national celebration is "Museums shaping knowledge for the future," derived from the International Council of Museums (ICOM) international theme: "Museums for Education and Research."

In addition to the main program, there will be exhibitions from various institutions, including the Ateker Museum, Ebenezer Crafts Soroti, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Museum focusing on taxation, the Bantu Migration (Untold Quests pictorials), Vipawa Children's Art Museum showcasing children's creativity, the UPPC Print Museum and Resource Center, the Uganda Police Museum, the Umukuuka Institution highlighting Bamasaaba cultural heritage, and exhibitions of historical artifacts and artisan craftsmanship.