Uganda National Cultural Centre

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Uganda National Cultural Centre
Agency overview
Formed1991;28 years ago (1991)
Jurisdiction Government of Uganda
Headquarters Kampala, Uganda
00°18′57″N32°35′21″E / 0.31583°N 32.58917°E / 0.31583; 32.58917 Coordinates: 00°18′57″N32°35′21″E / 0.31583°N 32.58917°E / 0.31583; 32.58917
Agency executive
  • Chairman,
    Sam Kello Okello [1]
Parent agency Uganda Ministry of Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development

The Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) is a Ugandan statutory body that was established by the Uganda National Cultural Centre Act, a 1959 Act of Parliament (amended 1965). [2]

Uganda Republic in East Africa

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

An act of parliament, also called primary legislation, are statutes passed by a parliament (legislature). Act of the Oireachtas is an equivalent term used in the Republic of Ireland where the legislature is commonly known by its Irish name, Oireachtas. It is also comparable to an Act of Congress in the United States.



The headquarters of UNCC are located at the corner of Said Barre Avenue and De Winton Street, in the Central Division of the city of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The geographical coordinates of the headquarters of UNCC are 0°18'57.0"N, 32°35'21.0"E (Latitude:0.315833; Longitude:32.589167). [3]

Kampala Central Division is one of the five divisions that make up Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The city's five divisions are: (a) Kampala Central Division (b) Kawempe Division (c) Lubaga Division (d) Makindye Division and (e) Nakawa Division.


Officially inaugurated on 2 December 1959, UNCC is charged with: (a) providing and establishing theatres and cultural centres in the country (b) encouraging and developing cultural and artistic activities and (c) providing a home to societies, groups and organisations that deal in art, culture and entertainment. [2]


The Centre has two main components: the National Theatre and the Nommo Gallery, both of which are located in central Kampala. The National Theatre provides a venue for stage performances of different kinds, and also serves as a cinema. The Nommo Gallery features exhibitions of works of art by both Ugandan and foreign artists. The Centre also offers a snack bar, which claims to offer the "best African dishes served with best spices and ambience", and the Craft Village, where locally made handicrafts are sold.[ citation needed ]

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Oversight of the UNCC is the responsibility of an eight-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development. The Board then appoints a management team and hires other employees. The current board was appointed in May 2019 to serve a three-year term. The current trustees are: [1]

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (Uganda)

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) is a Cabinet-level government ministry of Uganda. The mandate of the ministry is to empower citizens to maximize their individual and collective potential by developing skills, increasing labour productivity, and cultural enrichment to achieve sustainable and gender-sensitive development. The ministry is headed by a Cabinet minister, Janat Mukwaya.

  1. Sam Kello Okello: Chairperson
  2. Cissy Mbabazi: Vice Chairperson
  3. Wilson Usher Owere: Member
  4. Juliet Jolly Kyobutungi: Member
  5. Edison Ngirabakunzi: Member
  6. Musisi Kiyimba: Member
  7. Naumo Juliana Akoryo: Member
  8. Fred Mutebi: Member

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