Cultural heritage is an important aspect of Uganda’s identity as it represents the history, evolution and aspirations. In Uganda, a beautiful collage of cultural diversity can be found across the 65 ethnic groups that present unique cultures reflected in diverse traditional institutions, languages, indigenous knowledge and skills, the creative and performing arts, crafts, dress and food.
Uganda has a very strong culture and heritage. Up to date regions in Uganda have the traditional Kingdoms which include; Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro and Toro.
Ugandans are remarkable people and hails from a diversity of rich cultures and life styles Each tribe has it’s own traditional dance ; The banyankole perform their Kitaguriro dance , the Banyoro have their Runyege dance , Acholi have the Bwila and Otole dances . The Alur people from the West Nile have the traditional Agwal dance ,Bagisu have the Imbalu dance during circumcision ceremonies.
Culture and traditions are also expressed through a wide range of arts and Crafts made from wood ,Papyrus reeds and local materials . These include black smith implements ,beaded Jewellery, wood carvings and batiks.They can be found all over the city in village bazaars, gift shops,hotels , Urban galleries and the National Theatre Craft Market.
The Drum being the common instrument in Africa, also dominates Uganda in symbolism to African culture and are a commonly used for entertainment. The drum was traditionally used for sending particular messages to the intended audience. In ritual ceremonies, drums are used for the last funeral rites, traditional worship, king installation,exorcism,circumcision and others. Drumming techniques differ from each tribe and culture.