The unseen dance festivals have succeeded in promoting the lives of the abandoned class of people.
Both the people without disability and the ones with disabilities including Albinos, deaf, blind and other disabilities are given equal opportunities to express their talents through dancing, acting other stage plays.
Over 200 participants shall this year participate in the festivals that are slated to take place this Saturday on 10th August at the Uganda National Cultural Centre (National Theatre) under the theme: ‘Inclusion is a right not a privilege’.
During the official launch of the festival at the Uganda National Cultural Centre on Monday this week, Tereka Kenneth Desire the Director of Unseen Dreams told journalists that they decided to include the disadvantaged group because for several years they had been left out.
“Through these festivals, members who feel that they are left out of the society should also be given an opportunity to show case their arts and talents” he said
He added that “we work to develop their skills and we come together to share in the elements of dance, togetherness and also to celebrate humanity”.
Naawejje Doreen the representative of Women and children with Albinism said that the society had abandoned them thinking that they can’t do anything that is done with people who are not disabled.
“This is a hidden treasurer and it has built esteem in albinos, since our participation last year, the lives of both women and children with albinism is changing” she said
“We had women who had no hope but the unseen dreams have created a positive attitude to us” she added.
These year’s participants; Kampala school for the physically handicapped Mengo, Salama School for the deaf Mukono, Cevic centre for children with visual impairment, women and Children of albinism Uganda, Kireka School for children with special needs, Entebbe welfare for children with special needs, Wakiso school for the deaf, Ntinda school for the deaf, the deaf dancers, Uganda Society for the deaf, Teletubies primary school, kings way primary school, and Wetwero dance company from Gulu.
Edna Nnamanya the CEO of Nnamanya ware house said that the festivals shall be taken to different regions in order to create awareness. “We know up country regions also need such festivals and it helps in creating awareness countrywide” he said