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Center for Performing Arts – laying of the foundation stone

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Students from the Norwegian University College of Dance performing a Ugandan traditional dance. Photo: Anne-Marit Pettersen

“Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people”. - Alvin Ailey

The Norwegian Ambassador Susan Eckey had the great honor of laying down the foundation stone. Here is part of the speech that the Ambassador held at Makerere:

 “What transcends language, ethnicity, religion, politics and tradition? What makes people really get to understand each other? What is the best way to communicate? Maybe you will agree that it would be through ART. ART expresses human dignity, art expresses what is in our hearts, art is universal”

The foundation stone that we are laying today is for a Centre that will enable Makerere University and Uganda to raise to the next level in the training and nurturing of young people of Uganda in further appreciating the role of performing arts within the cultural context of Uganda.”

The Center for Performing Arts (CEPA) Project is a collaborative project between the Makerere University’s Department of Performing Arts and Film and The Norwegian University College of Dance. The overarching goal of the project is to improve and strengthen the Performing Arts and Film industry in Uganda, with a focus on training in dance, music, drama and film.

The center will be built on a beautiful plot of land that the University allocated for the Center, with design from the Norwegian architect and building company MARK Architects Group.

The Performing Arts Center will further cement the role of Makerere as a leading institution of learning and innovation. Uganda is rich in its diversity of cultural heritage and talented young people, and committed professionals willing to mentor them.

A unique aspect of this center is that it is a private public partnership between Makerere and private supporters in Norway.

Norway and the University of Makerere have enjoyed a long academic cooperation in several areas for more than 40 years.

The Embassy has cooperated with the Norwegian College of Dance and the Department of Performing Arts since 2012