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Kampala International Theatre Festival returns for 6th edition

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The European Union has joined the Tebere Arts Foundation and the Bayimba Foundation to support the 6th edition of the Kampala International Theatre Festival (KITF) to be held at the Ndere Cultural Center and the Uganda Museum from the 26th to 30th November 2019.

This year’s festival is held under the theme “self-identity, love, and the effects of war and displacement.”

The Kampala International Theatre Festival brings together renowned playwrights, directors and celebrated actors, costumes and stage designers from all over the world. The festival this year will host productions from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Palestine, Germany, and the United Kingdom. It will explore new genres – from musical theatre to puppetry – to discuss the complex themes of war, displacement and self-identity. The festival represents also a learning event for the performing arts community as it will host roundtables and writing workshops.

The production of this year’s edition is led by the Tebere Arts Foundation with Asiimwe Deborah Kawe as Artistic Director, Karishma Bhagani as Associate Artistic Director, Aganza Kisaka as Associate Producer. Faisal Kiwewa, from Bayimba Foundation, is the co-producer of the 2019 festival.

Beatrice Campodonico, Cultural Attaché at the European Union said that the European Union in Uganda understands the importance of theatre and performing arts in general in communicating about some of the challenging issues that affect Ugandan society. “Within the European Union, cultural and creative sectors are important for ensuring the continued development of societies and are at the heart of the creative economy,” she said, highlighting the opportunities offered by the creative industries in terms of youth empowerment and job creation.

Aganza Kisaka, from the Tebere Arts Foundation, recalled the origin of the festival: “KITF was born out of an exciting relationship with the Sundance Institute East Africa and its support to playwrights and other theatre makers from Eastern Africa through annual ‘lab’ residencies in East Africa and elsewhere”.

She added that the festival had received over 50 applications from Africa, Europe, South America, India, North America, Africa and announced the inclusion of a partnership with the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative developed and run by Eric Wainaina under Rainmaker Limited.

“This festival provides a platform for the public to engage in a deep and meaningful conversation through theatre and showcase various aspects of performing arts. Each performance will be followed by a talk back where artists will share their creative process with the audience,” said Karishma Bhagani, KITF Associate Artistic Director.

“Our involvement entails providing a platform for UK artists to collaborate with others and also upskill artists through creative masterclasses. This year, Nick Makoha, acclaimed Ugandan playwright who lives in the UK but will perform his play, My Father and Other Super Heroes for the first time for Ugandans at KITF,” said Rasheeda Nalumoso from the British Council.

Over the years, the KITF has become a space that encourages performances and post-performance dialogue that are about forging and holding connections, challenging taboos, and celebrating differences.

The festival which runs from 2p.m. to midnight daily will cost UGX 70,000 for a full pass for adults and UGX 50,000 for students. A single day pass will cost UGX 20,000 for adults and UGX 10,000 for students.

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Rema and Hamza show-off with fancy Iddi day celebrations, see photos

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Songstress Rema Namakula together with her newly married husband Dr. Hamza Sebunya are yet again an item grinding social media and becoming the main talk around town.

This follows Rema storming social media with conspicuous photos together with her husband, Hamza on Iddi Day, the photos which have since hit-hard to their tormentors.

The pics have also sent her ex-lover, Eddy Kenzo’s fans babbling with criticizing comments.

It has been Rema’s efforts and dream of having a relationship so good this far, that everyone is jealous of it.

The ‘Clear’ singer also believes that if you want a relationship that looks and feels like the most amazing thing on earth, you need to treat it like it is the most amazing thing on earth.

The lovely couple is closing-in to a one-year marriage anniversary since their glamorous ‘Kwanjula’ ceremony in November, 2019.

Rema and Hamza haven’t had a child yet together but their marriage is really fascinating and prove its their wish to have one and when.

Rema’s actions, words, music are undoubtedly provocative to her baby papa, Eddy Kenzo ever since they broke-up before she hooked herself a new man of her dreams, Hamza Sebunya.

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Radio City’s Miss Deadan joins Sanyu FM

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Following the sacking of Sanyu FM employees in June over a salary-cut protest, new workers were recruited including the celebrated actress and radio personality Diana Deedan Muyira also known as Miss Deedan.

This was confirmed to us by Sanyu FM and Deedan. She even went ahead to post about it on Social. The talented MC said that she was excited to start her new journey in another home which is Sanyu FM.

In addition to that, Miss Deedan thanked Radio City her molding her into the presenter she is right now.

“I cannot believe the daughter of Radio city is now old enough to leave home and start her journey in a new home, Radio city molded me into this presenter, I will forever be grateful! Sanyu FM thank you for welcoming me” She tweeted.

Miss Deedan will be hosting “The Breakfast club” alongside Salvado and Yvonne every weekday from 6am -10am starting this Monday the 3rd of August.

Deedan was born in Kenya and moved to Uganda to work and she has been active in the media industry since 2013. She She featured in the famous movie “Beneath the lies” as Tracy Kintu which put more light to her fame. She has been doing “the jam” an afternoon show on radio city from 3-7pm.She received a lot of congratulatory messages from her fans and friends upon her new journey. We also wish you the best Miss Deedan.!

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Chris Evans excited after Kabaka performance

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As Buganda held a commemorative event for the coronation of Ssabasajja Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, artistes including Chris Evans, Maureen Nantume, Mesach Semakula, Kazibwe Kapo and many more were invited to perform.

This left celebrated artiste, Chris Evans, excited as he had words overflowing while talking about the thrilling event.

Evans said he had two months of no sleep from the time he learnt that he was to perform at the coronation,” Nga okuva emyezi ebiri emabega, mbadde sikyebakanga nga ninze olunaku lutuka ddi? Amazima gali nti mbadde kubunkenke”

He was shocked by the invitation which gave him sleepless nights as he prepared for the long awaited day.

In the same spirit, Chris continued to praise the Kabaka for the good leadership full of positivity, innovation, honesty and collaboration.

We congratulate the Kabaka on celebrating the 27th Amatikkira.

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Meet The New Singing Duo The Executives ready to take on the music scene by storm

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The Executives is a Ugandan male singing Duo consisting of a 29 year old Hustle King born Paul Owor and Kirunda Derrick aka Hustle Chief.

The duo is signed to Gifted Music Group which is also owned by Paul Owor. Having tried out artist management which was also a successful venture, managing a couple of sold out artists like Allan Toniks, Latinum, Ziza Bafana and Sheena Skies among others, the two have now decided to trake the matters in their own hands by hitting the studio to record music

Earlier today they released their first single Tonjagala and officially kick started their musical journey and this is one of the many they are yet to release.

Tonjagala was recorded and produced by legendary singer, songwriter and Producer Daddy Andre who also features on the same track

According to the Duo, the video of the song is already underway and will be out by next week latest.

Here is the Audio listen to it



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