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Filmscreening: “Ndi Mulungi Mu Langi Yonna. I am Beautiful in every Shade” by Ana Scheu Amigo
„YOUR HEART HO! Letters from the shuttle. Letters to the metropolis”
Canon Griffins Exhibition, a word play, “straight up (…) and going for the middle ground” between the words “Ahoy!” – (“the cry of carriage men”), and “Hoe” – (“a camaraderie thing between “hookers””) offered a photographic insight into Ugandan streets and their slogans. In his exhibition, Canon Griffin picked up these phrases, slogans and sentences and brought it forth through photography to an art seeking audience – spoken word from the bumper-sticker artist or the lamentation of the taxi owner:
“The words on the Taxi or car or Boda-Boda or T-Shirt are trying to hook you into the story or ideology of whoever had them inscribed there. They are asking you to go to Kawempe Maganjo Kagoma, but the words are asking to go to your heart. Whether it’s “Kun FayaKun” or “Ave Maria” or “Bitokote Again” …” (R. Canon Griffin)
“Return to Sender”
After 90 minutes of heart-warming, whilst thrilling, somehow saddening, yet entertaining and thought-provoking handmade poetry, Goethe’s rooftop was bursting into standing ovations. “Return to Sender” by Gloria Kiconco, a versatile poet and lyricist from Kampala, may be considered as one of Goethe Zentrum’s most appreciated events. The interactive poetry performance and illustration exhibition that took place on the 28th of July, reflected on power in the family and the church. “Return to Sender” thereby is a term usually associated to the postal system to indicate a letter (or mail) that the receiver returns without taking notice. By detaching it from its context, Kiconco uses this phrase as a metaphor for rejected conversations, unacknowledged truths and questions that persons in power do not want to engage with. Thus “Return to Sender” is an ongoing exploration of power that borrows the structure of a church service to explore rejected conversations in those spaces, who is on which side of the rejection, and what gender has to do with it. Illustrations inspired by and inspiring Kiconco’s poetry where exhibited by Liz Kobusinge, whose works were also being presented as a zine released on the same day. After the performance FyaLeBoof turnt the evening into a Rooftop Sundowner.
“Kikommando” by Elizabeth Pamela Acaye
On the 16th of July, Goethe’s rooftop terrace was the stage for the premiere of ‘Kikommando’, a Dance Theatre Production created and choreographed by Elizabeth Pamela Acaye. During a two-week creative residency with four dance artists from Uganda, hosted by The Theatre Company of Kenya (directed by Keith Pearson) at Karichota retreat, Acaye has carefully designed the performance outlines which traverse cultural motifs and query gendered movements through choreography, spoken-word and costume. On this aforesaid Saturday evening societal issues were being reinterpreted through contemporary dramatic expression techniques whilst the performers could demonstrate the vast variety of their talents. By focusing on the re-crafting of traditional choreographies and on syncing them with contemporary motifs, the performance put physical bodies as conveyors of intercultural tolerance and freedom of sexuality into the center of attention. Having been equipped with wonderful costumes by Gloria Wavamunno, the artists showed off their skills and deeply charmed the rooftop terrace while asking uncomfortable questions about diversity, gender and societal exclusion. A second show took place at Design Hub Kampala on Sunday 17th of June.
“Ku Kyooto” by Giovanni Kiyingi
Goethe Zentrum’s rooftop was fully packed when singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Kiyingi presented his new project “Ku Kyooto” on the 18th of May 2018. The project was conceptualized as the recreation of ancient spaces, namely bonfire areas (Kukyooto) where acoustic music was being played, everyday stories were being shared and history was being delivered to posterity. In former times knowledge was being transferred from one generation to the other through music, poems, sayings and riddles. Kiyingi’s performance aimed to bring people close to what used to be these specific study places of languages, manners, and the upbringing of Ugandans. During the evening the audience gradually dissolved into the vibe and atmosphere of these social gatherings, as Kiyingi used several indigenous instruments that include Endingidi, Akogo, Adungu, Amadiinda, Engoma, Janzi and Endere during his journey through times and spaces. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfNCL_5ws5k
Bridge Works Art Camp and Performance: “Shades”
On the 23rd of February 2018, Goethe Zentrum Kampala/UGCS hosted the opening night of the interdisciplinary performance ‘SHADES’, an Ugandan – German cooperation that featured more than 20 actors, musicians, artists and dancers on stage. Read more