Uganda Arts and Cultural Crafts Expo

(UACC EXPO-2022)
April 6th -10th, 2022

UACC EXPO-2022 is organised by National Arts and Cultural Crafts Association of Uganda (NACCAU).
in partnership with MasterCard Foundation through Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and Uganda Tourism Association (UTA). Other partners include the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) and Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC).

The UACC EXPO-2022 will take place from April 6th to 10th, 2022 at the NACCAU Gardens next to the National Theatre.

Ugandan art and crafts will be on display for sale at reduced prices.

Master arts and crafts practitioners will do practical demonstrations, teaching and explaining what the crafts were traditionally used for and how they can be used in a contemporary setting.

Products on display for sale will include paintings, batiks, prints, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, barkcloth, cow horn and woven, products, utensils, music instruments, assorted household items and many other souvenirs.

Expo goers will have an opportunity to learn how to make and take home products they have personally made.

There will be traditional music and dance entertainment.

In 1994 producers and dealers in arts and crafts got together under Uganda National Arts and Crafts Association and established an arts and crafts marketplace at the National Theatre grounds. They rented the grounds from Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) on, which they constructed semi-permanent structures to run their business in 42 shops, a workshop and canteen space.

In 2003 during an extraordinary general meeting, reforms were carried out where members unanimously agreed to form a new entity and named it the National Arts And Cultural Crafts Association of Uganda (NACCAU), which was officially registered with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) in 2013.

NACCAU has a functioning constitution and an operational strategic plan, which currently is under review supported by MasterCard Foundation through PSFU and UTA.

NACCAU is led by an elected Executive Committee of nine People led by Hon. Joyce R Mpanga as the chairperson, deputised by Owek. Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi, the Secretary-General is Mrs. Reste Kaddu Lwanga, Treasurer is Mrs Dorothy Kiziri, and other executive committee members are: Mr. Bruno Sserunkuuma, Mrs. Sarah Kasaato, Ms. Immaculate Nakamya Muluuya, Mrs. Christine Gwage, Mr. Wasswa Mayanja
Two-thirds of the leadership is female. There are two permanent members of staff, otherwise, most of the administrative work is done by the executive committee members due to financial constraints.

NACCAU has a registered membership of over 100 producers and dealers in arts and crafts, who in turn give business to over 600  suppliers, translating into almost 2,000 direct beneficiaries.
NACCAU’s goodwill and services are not limited to registered members only but are extended to all others who need it.

The majority of workers in the 42 shops at the NACCAU Arts and Crafts village are young women below 35 years old.


An enlightened society whose foundation and inspiration is derived from its cultural heritage.


Use our cultural heritage as a foundation and inspiration to reform traditional production methods to make cultural products that meet contemporary market demands.
This is done through re-training, reskilling, and re-orienting master arts and crafts practitioners as well as training and skilling young talented, and passionate people with an interest in the industry.
Document visual arts and crafts and disseminate the generated data to members, stakeholders, collaborators, visual arts and crafts Practitioners as well as dealers, using information technology and study tours.
Lobby public and private sector decision-makers to appreciate, embrace, and recognize the visual arts and crafts’ contribution to the social and economic development of the country to include them in their strategic plans and budget framework documents.


Our heritage is our foundation and inspiration


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Article by Nuwa Wamala Nyanzi

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