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Minority tribes call for establishment of cultural museums

Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Indigenous minority tribes in Kasese district have asked the government through the Ministries of Gender, Labour and Social Development, and Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities for support to establish cultural museums to preserve their culture that is on the verge of extinction. They argue that cultural …

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Gov’t halts plan to establish regional museums

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has halted plans to establish regional museums to allow for the expansion and equipping of the existing museums. During the 2015/16 financial year, the government set aside over Shillings 20.8 billion to establish regional museums to promote cultural items from the different regions of …

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Zimbabwe calls for repatriation of African artifacts from Western museums

Harare, Zimbabwe | Xinhua | Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday called for the restitution and repatriation of African artifacts that were expropriated from Africa during the colonial era and are currently displayed in Western museums. Mnangagwa made the remarks at the third edition of the International Conference on African Cultures, …

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New York, New York? Prolonged shutdown raises doubts about future

New York, United States | AFP |  New York City shows no sign of easing a two-month lockdown, even as a statewide stay-at-home order ends Friday, leaving America’s cultural and commercial capital wondering what its future holds. While many European cities begin the process of reviving their economies, the Big Apple …

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Face masks and slippers: Museums preserve lockdown life

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Would you put your slippers on display? The global coronavirus pandemic is still raging but museums are already gathering testimony and objects to remember life under lockdown. “It’s such an extraordinary experience,” Beatrice Behlen, senior curator at the Museum of London, told AFP. “When we …

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Pandemic a major blow for Airbnb

Athens, Greece | AFP |  At the foot of the Acropolis hill, in the touristic Koukaki district, the coronavirus lockdown has silenced the sound of Airbnb customers’ wheeled luggage. The tourist industry in Athens, as in many other European capitals, has ground to a halt, with planes grounded and restaurants, museums and archaeological …

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Africans cheer call for France to return treasures

Paris, France | AFP | African museum directors on Wednesday welcomed an expert report calling on France to allow the return of thousands of African treasures and artworks, a radical policy shift that could put pressure on other former colonial powers. Calls have been growing in Africa for restitution, but …

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Privatise national museums

Kampala, Uganda |  IAN KATUSIIME | Amos Wekesa is the CEO of Great Lakes Safaris, a tour and travel company. He spoke to Ian Katusiime about tourism in 2017 and the prospects that lie ahead. What have been your highlights for tourism in 2017? Tourism in 2017 was showing signs of …

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