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PANAF: Global Artists’ Advocacy Initiative Launches Chapter In Uganda.

Written by on May 8, 2022

The Pan-African Network for Artistic Freedom (PANAF) Uganda Chapter was on 6th may 2022 unveiled at a dinner on Friday 6th May 2022 at Ssezibwa Hall, Hotel Africana.

In attendance during the launch were various officials in the Arts Leadership of Uganda. Among those in attendance was Mr Bakaye Lubega, the Assistant Culture commissioner at Ministry of Gender, Labour and social development who in his speech echoed about how the potential of the artistic sector in Uganda is limitless.

 Selam regional programme director, Lucy Llado.

Speaking at the event, SELAM regional programme director, Lucy Llado remarked the partnership as an extremely important one with the space for free thinkers on the continent continuing to dwindle.

“Artists are finding it increasingly difficult to practice any of the creative arts that require conscious use of skill and creative imagination,” She said.

“We can’t celebrate African creators’ achievements across disciplines without acknowledging the works we can’t enjoy due to censorship in the arts and the internet – or the many more works that can’t be envisioned or made because of these restrictions. Engaging with lawmakers on the significance of recognizing and defending the rights of all artists to create and disseminate their work without fear of retaliation is one of the things we are most looking forward to.” she added.

The initiative is being implemented by SELAM(a 20 plus year old cultural institution tasked with cultural development and development aid) in partnership with Uganda film makers’ and musicians umbrella bodies Pearlwood and Uganda Musicians Association respectively.


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