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How Uganda wasted an opportunity with Jamafest


The East African Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki Utamaduni Festival (Jamafest) happens every two years on a rotational basis. First edition was held in Rwanda in 2013 and two years later, the festivities shifted to Kenya where Uganda was announced as the hosts of the 2017 edition that took place early …

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Golden oldies stand tall at Bayimba’s tenth


The activities gearing up for the tenth Bayimba International Festival of the Arts started taking shape at the National Theatre a week before the initial event kicked off. By Tuesday, the stage was being erected and visual artists in charge of installations were too getting work done, in fact, as …

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Organisations for Bayimba at ten in high gear 


Over the past ten years, Bayimba Foundation has not only transformed the arts and culture contemporary scene, but has also given it a face with the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts. Starting with an audience of less than 20 people in 2008, the festival has steadily grown into one …

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Xenson’s impresses with his exhibition of everything


On Friday evening, Samson Ssenkaaba alias Xenson held an exhibition at the newly opened visual art exhibition space Afriart @7. A gallery that defies the common set up of such spaces, it allows artistes to work their ideas without limitations; hung things in space, move walls and put together almost …

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Devil’s Chest dominates the Uganda Film Festival Awards


The Uganda film festival’s climaxing award show was held at the Serena Hotel gardens on Friday evening. For an award show that has in the past been embroiled in drama thanks to misplaced nominations or questionable wins, it was surprising that filmmakers turned up in big numbers. Many though noted …

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Silent Voices carefully tackle Uganda’s LGBTQ issue

Just me

Silent Voices Uganda debuted Just You, Me and the Silence at Bat Valley Theatre at the end of July. Known for their out of this world props, costumes and cast, it was quite unprecedented that they were going to stage their opening acts at Bat Valley Theatre, not that it’s …

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Stonefest passes test one

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Stonefest Art, Music and Tech Festival went down at the Centre of Performing Arts and Culture (CEPAC) in Jinja over the weekend. For two days, the curators of the show put together acts that transcended the traditional festival performances as known to many religious attendants; these included poets, a film …

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Sandy Soul unveils self with Kaddugala

Sandy Soul

Sandra Nankoma alias Sandy Soul has been around the jazz music scene as well as the general music establishment doing cover songs before branching off to acting, poetry and visual art. Last month, for the first time she hosted her fans for an intimate listening party of her debut EP …

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