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[2 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]
transFORM#1: A conversation with Afriart Gallery Art director Daudi Karungi

The transFORM #1 Contemporary Art Experience is happening this Saturday 5th December at a warehouse behind the Nakumatt in Bukoto. The event, which is organised in partnership with the Goethe Zentrum Kampala, is widely advertised in the media as an art experience with exhibition and after party with South African DJs. Startjournal met with the organiser Daudi Karungi to find out what was the rational behind the event.

Issue 033 Jun '13, Upcoming events »

[16 May 2013 | Comments Off on Countdown to LaBa! 2013, May 25th | ]
Countdown to LaBa! 2013, May 25th

Preparations are in full swing. Artists have been chosen. The pitch nearby has been measured out. Security has been ordered. Street closure has been applied for. Adverts are running. LaBa! is coming closer and determined to turn Mackinnon Road into a lively, artistic and colourful stage for all art genres.

Issue 029 Feb '13, Upcoming events, Visual Art »

[16 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Using art to help communities: The Benet Story

What do you do as a minority community in a greater Uganda when you find yourself landless and your heritage about to be extinguished? The Benet people, high up on mount Elgon in the district of Kapchorwa, have chosen to tackle their fight for recognition and preservation of culture through art, being helped by two Dutch artists, Arno Peeters and Iris Honderdos. The exhibition ROOTED opens at Makerere Art Gallery Jan 18 2013.

Issue 025 Oct '12, Upcoming events, Visual Art »

[16 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Visionary Africa – Art at Work: Itinerant exhibition platform in African capitals | ]
Visionary Africa – Art at Work: Itinerant exhibition platform in African capitals

September 19-October 14, 2012, Kampala Railway Station Gardens

This project includes an itinerant urban exhibition of contemporary African artistic practices, residencies for African artists, and workshops on the relation between art and the development of modern urban centres in Africa. One of its aims is to highlight the importance of culture and creativity as development tools. This initiative is part of the strategic partnership between the EU and the African Union.

Issue 024 Sep '12, Music, Upcoming events »

[3 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Bayimba: Celebrating five years of artistic inspiration | ]
Bayimba: Celebrating five years of artistic inspiration

The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts will be running from 21-23 September 2012, and this year’s theme will be celebrating 5 years of artistic inspiration. Na!ra, Jackie Akello and Hailee are some of the artists performing live on stage.

Issue 021 Jun '12, Upcoming events »

[4 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
Liberation-Arts-Participation at the 6th LaBa! Street Art Festival

This year Uganda will celebrate its golden jubilee, and what better way to celebrate such a milestone other than with art! On June 9, Mackinnon road Nakasero will be ready for the sixth LaBa! Street Art Festival, once again organized by Goethe-Zentrum Kampala (GZK) / Ugandan German Cultural Society together with Ugandan artists.

Issue 014 Nov '11, Upcoming events, Visual Art »

[13 Oct 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
In memory of Geoffrey Mukasa: Exhibiting at AKA Gallery at Tulifanya

On October 23rd the AKA Gallery at Tulifanya will put on an exhibition to commemorate the life of the late, great Geoffrey Mukasa. German artist and friend Klaus Betz salutes the work of Mukasa, and Ugandan artists Josephine Mukasa and Rose Kirumira tell the story about his life.

Dance and Theatre, Issue 013 Oct '11, Music, Upcoming events »

[27 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Umoja Cultural Flying Carpet is landing at Ndere centre September 30th

Imagine 80 talented young artists from five countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda coming together in one phenomenal two-hour performance at the Ndere centre. Expect drums and traditional East African instruments fusing with contemporary music, creating new soundscapes and rhythms. Look forward to be thrilled by fearless acrobatics, intense dancers, unbelievable contortionists and unstoppable jugglers. There you have the Umoja Festival.

Issue 012 Sept '11, Special analysis, Upcoming events »

[31 Aug 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Bayimba Festival: Champion of the Arts

Between the 16th and the 18th September, the National Theater and Dewington Road next to it will be a riotous blaze of sound, colour, fashion and the spoken word: The Bayimba Festival is coming to town. But the Bayimba Cultural Foundation is so much more than an annual festival. In this article, Bayimba explains why they host cultural workshops, fund artists, and initiate industry discussions.

Artist interviews, Issue 011 July '11, Music, Upcoming events »

[13 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on Acoustic moments: A portrait of Michael Ouma | ]
Acoustic moments: A portrait of Michael Ouma

A talented and multidimensional artist in his own right, Michael Ouma has been there and done that and lived to play the tune. His insight into music is almost legendary and gives one the sense that he plays from a totally otherworldly place compared to his peers. His passion for music and his desire to see the day when Uganda’s music and its instruments are recognized globally fuel his daily pursuit to become better at what he does.

Dance and Theatre, Issue 009 May '11, Upcoming events »

[28 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Street theatre is taking the floor in Uganda

What is “Street theatre” really all about? This writer grossed in wonder when hearing the phrase Street theatre performance. Is it like an acrobats show, or a magician act? Or a kind of voodoo done in public? How wrong one can be! The performance is an artistic potpourri that evokes important issues in our society. The first Street theatre performance was held on March 26th 2011, at the Bayimba Regional Festival of the Arts in Jinja. From April till September; there will be shows in Arua, Gulu, Mbarara, Mbale and Kampala.

Issue 007 Mar '11, Upcoming events, Visual Art »

[3 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Making an Artists’ Village work: Nesting for the next, big thing

The Weaver Bird Artist’s Village in Masaka is an attempt to develop a momentous centre for contemporary visual arts in Uganda. The founders believe bringing together artists’ workshops and residencies, community arts centre, handicraft projects, youth cultural troupes and children’s library will make the village tick. Encounter the ideas and discuss their future in this article.

Issue 007 Mar '11, Upcoming events, Visual Art »

[3 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
The Sons of the Master: Tingatinga painters coming to ISU Kampala

The Sons of the Master is the title of the upcoming contemporary visual arts exhibition at the International School of Uganda (Entebbe Rd). The official opening of the exhibition is planned on March 18th 2011 at 6pm. The exhibition pays respect to Tingatinga painter David Mzuguno, who passed away last year. His four children, Rashid, Juma, Kipara and Mchana Mzuguno, have inherited their father’s talent, and they are now preparing their biggest exhibition so far.

Issue 006 Feb '11, Upcoming events, Visual Art »

[2 Feb 2011 | Comments Off on Art and writing can change the world | ]
Art and writing can change the world

Art and writing can play a crucial role in the process of psychosocial transformation. Written language has a big influence on all kinds of communication. Also, art has often been described as a universal language, which ability to communicate transcends age, race or colour, educational, religious, political or geographical background. FairPen Uganda Foundation explains how the kids can use to use the pen and the brush during elections.