In the heart of the Pearl of Africa lies a tapestry of cultural diversity woven through centuries of history, tradition, and artistic expression. Uganda, with its vibrant array of ethnic groups and traditions, boasts a rich cultural heritage that is as diverse as it is captivating. At the forefront of preserving and promoting this heritage stands the National Arts and Cultural Crafts Association of Uganda (NACCAU), a beacon of commitment to celebrating Uganda’s artistic legacy.

NACCAU, founded with a vision to safeguard Uganda’s cultural heritage, plays a pivotal role in nurturing and sustaining traditional arts and crafts across the nation. As a proud Ugandan and advocate for cultural preservation, I am honoured to share the remarkable journey of NACCAU and its unwavering dedication to preserving our cultural identity.

One of the cornerstone initiatives of NACCAU is its commitment to empowering local artisans and craftsmen. By providing training, resources, and market access, NACCAU enables artisans to hone their skills, preserve traditional techniques, and generate sustainable income.

Through workshops, apprenticeships, and capacity-building programs, NACCAU empowers artisans to thrive as custodians of Uganda’s cultural heritage while ensuring the continuity of traditional craftsmanship for generations to come.

Furthermore, NACCAU serves as a catalyst for community development, fostering socio-economic empowerment and cultural pride. By promoting the value of indigenous arts and crafts, NACCAU revitalizes local economies, enhances livelihoods, and fosters a sense of pride and identity among communities. Through collaborative projects and partnerships with local stakeholders, NACCAU creates opportunities for cultural exchange, tourism promotion, and economic growth, thus contributing to the overall prosperity of Uganda’s diverse cultural landscape.

In addition to its commendable efforts in supporting artisans and communities, NACCAU is committed to preserving Uganda’s intangible cultural heritage. From traditional music and dance to oral traditions and storytelling, NACCAU recognizes the intrinsic value of these cultural expressions and works tirelessly to safeguard them for future generations.

Through cultural preservation initiatives, educational programs, and advocacy campaigns, NACCAU raises awareness about the importance of preserving our cultural legacy and instils a sense of appreciation for Uganda’s rich cultural tapestry.

As we look towards the future, NACCAU remains steadfast in its mission to promote, preserve, and celebrate Uganda’s cultural heritage. With a firm belief in the transformative power of the arts, NACCAU continues to champion cultural diversity, creativity, and innovation, paving the way for a brighter and more culturally vibrant Uganda.

In conclusion, NACCAU stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of Uganda’s cultural heritage. Through its tireless efforts, NACCAU embodies the essence of unity, resilience, and creativity that defines our nation. As we celebrate the remarkable achievements of NACCAU, let us reaffirm our commitment to preserving and promoting Uganda’s rich cultural heritage for generations to come.


Evans Seruganya

Vice Chairperson

National Arts and Cultural Crafts Association of Uganda (NACCAU)