The Kampala City Festival used to draw crowds
Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has revealed plans to revive the Kampala City Festival in order to boost tourism in the city.
The details are contained in the 2024/25 National Budget Framework Paper, where the Ministry argues that the Kampala Capital City Authority celebrations if facilitated will showcase the city’s tourism products.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, the project will also involve developing a Kampala City Tourism brand and develop an identity for the city. In the 2024/25 national budget, the Ministry of Tourism has been allocated Shs248.700Bn.
Additionally, in the 2024/25 national budget, Kampala Capital City Authority has been allocated Shs796.409Bn for infrastructure development.
The annual Kampala City Festival was started during the reign of former KCAA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi Semakula.
The event which often drew multitudes to the city centre was reportedly started to celebrate culture, innovation, unity and social life. It also offered an opportunity to companies, traders and organizations to showcase and market their products. KCCA would spend between Shs700 and 900 million on organizing the festival.
However, it hasn’t taken place since Musisi’s departure.