What to expect at Tooro’s inaugural ‘Ekyooto Ha Mpango’ cultural festival

Organized by Tooro Kingdom, the inaugural 4-day cultural and music festival will take place from November 25 to 28 in the heart of the Kingdom’s Palace.

Just days away from the long-awaited “Ekyooto Ha Mpango” festival, all roads lead to Fort Portal Tourism City for the long-awaited event.

According to the organizers, the festival which is designed to become the high-end cultural tourism event in Africa was launched by King Oyo Nyimba IV on the eve of his 26th coronation anniversary under the theme, Discover Tooro and Harness the Power of Culture.

Speaking at the sponsor unveiling event held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Fairway Hotel in Nakasero Kampala, Stephen Adinyai, Movit brand manager called on young people to take advantage of the training sessions of the Movit hairdressers who will run throughout the festival in Fort. Portal for a number of young people to benefit.

Training sessions for Movit hairdressers will be held throughout the festival.

Here’s what to expect at the Festival – key features of the event include;

  • Royal tours as members of the royal family from different kingdoms visit major tourist destinations in the region.
  • Business clinics from November 24 to 28, with a focus on tourism and related businesses.

Participants will learn from animators like Laura Kagame from TravelNeza, Amos Wekesa from Great Lakes Safaris, Owek. Joan Kantu of Let’s Go Travel, Justus Koojo of Ultimate Sports, Dennis Aguma of NASE-Africa, Jimmy Otim of Brac, Steve Williams of Kyaninga Lodge and Diary and Daniel Kigozi (Navio) of Navcorp and Zuri Model Farm.

  • Tourism and Culture Fair on November 25 and 26
  • High-level Ekyooto talks on November 25
  • Royal Gala Dinner on November 26 with a fashion showcase by SKP featuring Ms. Uganda World Sylvia Namutebi Allibhai, Miss Elite Africa Judith Heard and Miss Uganda Earth Ahlam Ismail (Lamu).
  • Premiere of the documentary film ‘Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon’ with Ms. Lilly Ajarova, Joshua Cheptegei and Golola Moses.
    Golola Moses
  • Sporting activities on November 27, including a boat regatta, adventure cycling and a marathon. These will not only entertain and keep participants in shape, but also showcase the beauty of the region’s natural geographic features.
  • Virtual music concert on the 27th with leading artists from the Tooro region and guest artists such as Janzi Band, Spice Diana, Aziz Azion, Beenie Gunter, Draei Bitsc, Pearl of Africa Stars, Ayesiga Muzamil, Kigambo Araali, Sagio Mhza, Carol Kay and Tony Blackman among others.
  • Interfaith Thanksgiving and Closing Ceremony on November 28.
  • CSR activities including ‘Pet A Tree’ greening campaign, Save River Mpanga and ‘Clean Up Fort Portal’ campaign Due to the current pandemic, the festival will be broadcast live on NBS TV, with limited physical elements and major virtual features to ensure that people from all over the world can participate in the festivities leading up to the celebration of the Kingdom’s 200th anniversary next year.

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Darcy J. Skinner