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 this 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 Department of Performing Arts and Film and the Nowergian University College of Dance are working intensively to realize the new Center for Performing Arts, which will be built on the beautiful land that the University allocated for the Center.  The Norwegian architect and building company MARK Architects Group will develop the architectural design for the new Center.


  • Professionally trained performing artists in the disciplines of music, dance, drama and film that are employable not only in Uganda and the region, but also internationally
  • Enhanced national and international partnership with various institutions involved in the performing arts and film industry
  • Attraction of national, regional and international students to Makerere University
  • Enriched cultural exchange opportunities with diverse local and regional and international performers and actors in the performing arts and film business.
  • Rebranded image of performing arts at Makerere University and Uganda in general
  • Generation of income for the economic sustainability of the Center and Makerere University


The project is searching for funding for the following activities:

  • Reviewing existing and developing new programs that are tailored to the purpose of the Center
  • Architectural design of the Center
  • Buidling of the Center
  • Equipping the Center
  • Launching the building for public use
  • Administration


The local committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor at Makerere University is:

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, Chairperson

Dr. Sylvia A. Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Head, Department of Performing Arts and Film, Secretary

Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, Director, Planning Directorate

Prof. Edward Kirumira, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Patrick Mangeni, Dean, School of Liberal and Performing Arts

Mr. Steven Kasamba, Department of Performing Arts and Film

Ms. Lilian Mbabazi, Department of Performing Arts and Film

Mr. Robert Kiwanuka, Representative from Makerere University Performing Arts and Film Alumni Association

Dr. Venny Nakazibwe, Deputy Principal, College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology


As tools of communication, communities use performing arts to present development challenges. Music, dance, drama and folklore are used as applied theatre to impart health education; mobilize support for social, economic and political national development goals; and influence opinions beyond entertainment and relaxation. Moreover, the performing arts and film have evolved from a mere entertainment to a commercial industry offering one of the biggest employment opportunities especially for the youth. As such, PAF is at the center of social and economic development in Uganda.

Because of its vibrant programs, the Department has attracted a number of national and international collaborators. The Norwegian University College of Dance from Norway is a significant partner for more than five years. 



The Foundation Stone for the new Center for Performing Arts, commisioned by Ambassador Susan Eckey from the Royal Norwegian Embassy.