The various participants will have a chance to showcase their work which will be open to the public. The presentations will include Dance, Poetry, Music etc
Jamafest is an acronym for Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki Utamaduni Festival, the Kiswahili rendering for the EAC Arts and Culture Festival which aims to promote regional socio-cultural integration through arts and culture by providing a platform to showcase culture as a primary driver of regional integration.
Jamafest came to life after the EAC Council of Ministers in September 2011 directed the EAC Secretariat to organize regular festivals of the kind, and Rwanda was consequently selected to host the first edition of the Festival in 2013, with Kenya hosting the 2015 edition, Uganda the 2017 edition and Tanzania the 2019 edition. It is envisaged the festival will be held biennially and hosted by Partner States rotationally.
The 2022 edition of the Festival is themed “Harnessing the cultural resources to mitigate the impacts of COVID 19 in the EAC”.
The Festival will featured a carnival, art exhibitions, a symposium, live performances, films, literary works, a fashion show and tradition games...
The Republic of Burundi (Kirundi: Republika y’Uburundi; Français: République du Burundi), is a landlocked contry, located in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by the Republic of Rwanda to the North, the United Repuvblic of Tanzania to the East and South, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the West. It is also sometimes considered as part of the Central Africa.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is located in central sub-Saharan Africa, bordered to the northwest by the Republic of the Congo, to the north by the Central African Republic, to the northeast by South Sudan, to the east by Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, and by Tanzania (across Lake Tanganyika), to the south and southeast by Zambia, to the southwest by Angola, and to the west by the South Atlantic Ocean and the Cabinda Province exclave of Angola.
Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lake lands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, mountain highlands and abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Masaai Mara reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt Kilimanjaro.
Rwanda, known as the land of a thousand hills, its stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains.
South Sudan is bordered by Sudan to the north, Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest, and the Central African Republic to the west. It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes endangered gorillas and chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a famous mountain gorilla sanctuary, while Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs.
Opening & Closing Ceremonies
Village Site Map
The JAMAFEST 2022 Symposium will provide a forum for academicians, cultural practitioners, policymakers, and cultural managers to interact, interrogate and discuss various thematic issues and challenges related to the preservation and promotion of arts and cultural industries in the region/globally.
Role of modern technologies in advancing cultural expression and arts
- Today, it is indisputable that technology has a significant influence on our culture, business, and entire worldview. People can use social media to discuss ideas, connect with, relate to, and mobilize for a cause, seek counsel, and offer assistance.
- Social media has broken down communication barriers and developed decentralized communication channels, allowing everyone, including individuals in repressive nations, to have a voice and engage democratically.
Adopting new regional languages in the EAC
- The expression of culture is inextricably linked to language. It serves a crucial social purpose by fostering emotions of group identity and solidarity by transmitting values, beliefs, and practices. It is a method for transmitting and preserving culture, customs, and shared values.
- Maintaining the languages of distinct ethnic and cultural groups is crucial for the preservation of cultural legacy and identity in multilingual communities. Language loss implies a loss of culture and identity. The suppression of minority languages has been utilized as a deliberate policy in numerous civilizations throughout history in order to suppress minority cultures.
Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Medicine
Arts, Industry and Tourism
Youth Participation and Employment
Research, Innovation and Investment in Arts and Culture
Inclusion of marginalized populations
- Sustainable development is aided by creating an inclusive society that empowers marginalized groups and individuals.
- Marginalized people are typically left out of decision-making, government institutions, fundamental services, and even citizenship. Women are the custodians, creators, and consumers of culture in any community yet they continue to encounter restrictions that prohibit them from participating equally in the cultural arena. More needs to be done to fill the data gap in order to support gender-sensitive cultural policy. Cultural participation, surveys for example, can track activities like reading at home or visiting to the theater, as well as reveal the constraints that women experience when it comes to consuming or creating cultural assets.
- It is required to modify the meanings and values associated with undesirable qualities, as well as the culture in which they are rooted, including unequal power relations, in order to achieve social inclusion. This is a multi-faceted undertaking that must be carried out at all levels of society. It is critical that the people who have been implicated in this process are involved and, in a position, to define the meaning and values of their own features, markers, and social identities.
JAMAFEST 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
H.E Evariste Ndayishimiye
President of the Republic of Burundi
5th edition of EAC Cultural Festival ends on a high note in Bujumbura, Burundi
President Ndayishimiye graces Official Opening Ceremony of 5th EAC Arts and Culture Festival - JAMAFEST in Bujumbura
All set for 5th edition of the EAC Arts and Culture Festival (JAMAFEST 2022) in Bujumbura, Burundi
Cultural Market Place
Children theatre and games
Traditional Sports and Games
Food Market and Exhibition
Cultural Excursion and Awards
Fashion Show and Modeling