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Cindy, Naava Grey to headline the 2018 Oktoberfest

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L-R: Mark Kaheru, Joint Managing Partner, My Food Network , Grace Namutebi, UBL Brand Manager, Premium Beers and Former German Ambassador Klaus Holderbaum during a press conference to announce the 2018 edition of Oktoberfest.

L-R: Mark Kaheru, Joint Managing Partner My Food Network , Grace Namutebi, UBL Brand Manager Premium Beers and former German Ambassador Klaus Holderbaum during a press conference to announce the 2018 edition of Oktoberfest.

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The world’s largest beer and food festival, the Oktoberfest, is back for its fourth edition in Kampala, promising a cocktail of food, beer and fun for city dwellers come Saturday, September 29.

The annual event which will be hosted at the Uganda Museum Gardens will be headlined by local music stars, Cindy Sanyu and Naava Grey. There will also be performances from flutist Siima Sabiti and singer Afrie, in addition to a DJ showcase by The Almost Famous DJs featuring DJ Mary Joe and DJ Xzyl.

According to Mark Kaheru of My Food Network, the event organisers, this year’s edition is aimed at celebrating women with its theme “Divas edition” hence the an all-female line-up.

He also noted that, “The Oktoberfest has become a tradition that celebrates the friendship between German and Ugandan cultures and has become an important merrymaking event for many.”

As has become the tradition, the Ugandan version of the fiesta will entail celebrations of food, blends of different cultures and merrymaking. The event will feature a mix of friendly inter-cultural activities including wardrobe fun costume competitions overseen by a team of judges headed by former German Ambassador Klaus Holderbaum.

There will also be traditional Oktoberfest games such as a beer straw challenge, tug-of-war, beer pong, arm wrestling, Stein (beer glass) hoisting challenge, eating challenge, beer speed drinking.

“Beer has always been the uniting factor at social gatherings for Ugandans. We celebrate our friendships by sharing Tusker Lite and the Oktoberfest is an opportunity for the German and Ugandan cultures to share and connect over amazing food, excellent beer and lots of fun,” said Grace Namutebi, UBL Brand Manager, Premium Beers.

Tickets are available on discount when purchased using Visa card or Mastercard under the Blue Weekends promotion with Stanbic Bank. For those paying cash, tickets will be sold at only Shs20,000. Gates open at noon.

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Bergman100 Film Festival Launched in Uganda

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Samuel Sandberg, the Head of Administration at the Embassy of Sweden, and Polly Kamukama, the curator of the festival, address media.

Samuel Sandberg (L), the Head of Administration at the Embassy of Sweden, and Polly Kamukama, the curator of the festival, address media.

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On Thursday evening, Ugandan film enthusiasts alongside media enjoyed a movie giving insight into the life of iconic Swedish film maker Ingmar Bergman. The screening which was organised by the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda  at Alliance Francaise offices in Kamwokya marked the launch of the Bergman100 Film Festival in Uganda.

The Bergman100 Film Festival is an on-going global showcase aimed at celebrating the life and legacy of legendary Swedish film maker, Ingmar Bergman, who would have turned 100 years this year. The festival will be a 5-day cinema showcase taking place from 15th -19th October 2018 in Kampala.

According to Polly Kamukama, the curator of the festival, they will screen four films by Bergman during the festival. “We have carefully selected four films, each from a different decade in Ingmar Bergman’s career which spans over four decades,” he said. “We want to highlight his growth journey as a film maker as well as his consistency in his cinematic themes.”

Speaking during the event, Samuel Sandberg, the Head of Administration at the Swedish embassy, noted that festival  is timely as it coincides with the European year of cultural heritage and also provides an opportunity for cultural exchange between Uganda and Sweden.

“We will host several individuals in the Swedish film industry during the festival, and this will be an opportunity for Ugandan film makers to network with them,” he stated.

Meanwhile, there will also be a discourse on gender representation in film during the festival featuring a panel of experts as they discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions to the plight of female film makers in Uganda.

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Bryan White parades 3BN Shillings as he prepares for Arua return

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Bryan White Foundation (BWF) boss Bryan White has today announced that he will return to Arua to continue his quest of rehabilitating members of criminal gangs in the town.

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Address Press at his Makeshift offices in Munyonyo, the humanitarian said he will continue his activism of reducing poverty among the young generation but said this time he is focusing more on intoxicated criminal gangs’ members. He unveiled billions of shilling to be used during the entire period of 4 months of project.

Under his Bryan White Foundation, he is set to return to Arua on Friday 19th October for a period of 4 months as a way of reforming the criminal gangs in the area.

Members from notorious youth gangs in Arua will go into a residential camp for 4 months where they will receive training to acquire individual skills in different categories like mechanics, carpentry, brick laying and concrete practice to mention but a few.

The members will also acquire financial discipline and will rehabilitated from their drug and weed affected lives.

“The foundation will spend 4 months skilling and rehabilitating criminal minded youths. After Arua, he will head to Busia and then Kampala doing the same,” a source said.

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Kanye West to visit Uganda

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By Nila Faisal

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American rapper Kanye West is coming to Uganda.
The “No More Parties In LA” rapper has revealed in a video that was taken during his impromptu speech at one of the Apple Stores in Georgia that he will be coming to Uganda to finish his ninth album “Yandhi”.
Kanye revealed earlier this month during his appearance on popular US show Saturday Night Live that he was going to Africa to complete the album that was meant to be released on October 1.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye WestHowever details about his visit like where in Uganda he will be staying and if his family, Kim Kardashian and their three children will be joining him remain scanty.

 

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