In July the GZK hosted the Tuzinne International Dance Festival, a platform for contemporary and traditional dance in East Africa, for the first time. Starting with an intense workshop for the participants, the event ended in a two day Dance Festival where artists from all over East Africa showed their skills. The festival took place under the motto ‘Where Human Rights Dance’. One of the dancers who surely embodied this theme was the contemporary dancer Nduhira Athilai from Kampala. In his solo performance at GZK he mixed contemporary dance with traditional elements. Read the full interview …
This August, when the play “Tropical Fish” was performed at the GZK, our Rooftop Terrace was sold out down to the last seat. Doreen Baingana is the author of the award-winning short story the play is based on: It is a story about a young campus girl’s affair with an older white businessman in Kampala. For Christine, the main character, it starts off as a fun escape from her ordinary life to a “bubble baths and a gin-and-tonic life” until it becomes a painful exploration of her worth as a black woman. Read the full interview …
Peter Kagayi is a Ugandan poet and teacher by passion. He has recently participated in the German Africologne Festival, where he performed his performance “The Audience Must Say Amen” with his team.
We have asked him three questions regarding his motivations for poetry, the advantages of this form of communicating with people and possible consequences of the implied political messages. Read the full interview …
With her GIRL BE PROJECT Rehema Nanyonga not only gives young girls the opportunity to express their creativity in dance and art, but also supports them in educational challenges and opens up future job perspectives for them. GIRL BE PROJECT is not just another dance project. “I want to give young girls a supportive space that enables and encourages them to lead a self-determined life”, Remy says. She has founded the project at the end of 2012 but has already found two colleagues for her team. Read more….
With an imposing figure and a smirk on the face Christian Mafigiri looks like having jumped out of his own cartoon. In April 2013 he won the publication of a comic booklet in the Ugandan Comic and Cartoon Contest. Changing schools again took him to another level. Christian was accepted at the prestigious Ntare School in Mbarara (years ago Museveni had attended the same school), where art was taught as a serious subject and examined on a national level. Read More…..
Eric is a 25-year-old filmmaker. He is currently working on a number of projects at 32° East. Who is this young, sensitive man who puts on that shy smile while listening to my questions? After passing his A-levels, there was nothing in the world that he would have loved more than studying art or media design – but he just could not afford it. Others were luckier. His close friend Mugeni, for example, left Kampala to study in Nairobi. Eric, however, did not bathe in jealousy or self-pity but instead believed that his time would come. Read more….
Bruno Ruganzu is a very ambitious young artist from Kampala. He is the founder of Ecoart Uganda and seeks to send messages through is artworks. Bruno was born in the South-West of Uganda in Kabale, which is famous for its gorilla tourism. This was his inspiration to draw paintings of gorillas, trucks and game animals and sell them at camp sites and on the road side. He calls it “art of survival” because he wasn’t creating by himself. At the age of 22 he came to Kampala to study at the Kyambogo University. During his studies he grew with his talent and started practicing Streetart, going to exhibitions and meeting many other artistic people. Read more…..
Hakim Zziwa was among the few privileged dancers that got into the annual danceWEB scholarship programme which is in line with the Impuls Festival in Vienna. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut South Africa, the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala supported him, making his visit to Vienna possible. Now Hakim is back in Uganda, his suitcase packed with interesting impressions that will, as he says, affect his way of dancing and teaching dance in the future. Instead of receiving admiration, artists – in those days – were confronted with misunderstanding from all sides. „Everything that’s not a formal white-collar-job is not well-received by parents and elders“, Hakim says. An artistic development was not exactly a guarantee for sustaining a family. Read more….
Ugandan born Joel Sebunjo discovered his love for music at a very early age. With his parents being medical doctors he was not expected to take the path of becoming a professional and internationally acclaimed musician. Still it was through his father, who is a passionate traveller, that Joel got introduced to the music that would leave deep footprints in his own musical style – West African folk music. Already at the age of 15 he played the drums & traditional harps in local bands such as Baxmba Waves; later on he also played with Percussion Discussion Africa. Still it was through his father, who is a passionate traveller, that Joel got introduced to the music that would leave deep footprints in his own musical style – West African folk music. Read more…
Award-winning Stella Atal was born into an artistic family. With her mother being an art teacher, Stella developed an early passion for art and fashion though she engaged in painting during most of her youth. It was only due to the support of her friends that she started to pursue fashion as her major art field. Read more….