Uganda: Kampala International Theatre Festival Returns

21 November 2019

The Kampala International Theatre Festival is returning for a sixth edition. This time round the festival is going to be conducted from two venues, Ndere cultural centre and the Uganda museum under the theme "self-identity, love and the effects of war and displacement."

This year's edition is going to bring together renowned playwrights, directors and celebrated actors, costumes and stage designers from all over the world with performers coming from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Palestine, Germany and the UK as well as writing workshops and round table discussions with established artists such as Nick Makoha and Dr Charles Mulekwa.

The production this year is led by Tebere Arts Foundation with Deborah Asiimwe as artistic director, Karishma Bhagani as associate artistic director, actress Aganza Kisaka as associate producer and Faisal Kiweewa from Bayimba Foundation as the co-producer of the festival.

Karishma Bhagani, the associate artistic director of the show said that the festival is going to provide a platform for the public to engage in deep and meaningful conversation through theatre as each performance will be followed by a talk back where artists will share their creative process with the audience.

She added that this year they have received over 50 applications Africa, Europe, South America, India, North America. She further announced the inclusion of the partnership with the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative developed by Eric Wainaina.

Rasheeda Nalumoso from the British Council, one of the partners of the festival said "our involvement entails providing a platform for UK artists to collaborate with others and also up-skill artists through creative masterclasses. This year, Nick Makoha, acclaimed Ugandan playwright who lives in the UK will perform his play 'My Father and Other Super Heroes' for the first time for Ugandans at the festival."

The five-day festival will feature plays like Far Gone about the LRA war by Kony, The Children of Amazi from Rwanda, The Last Day of Spring from Palestine, Hard Stuff happiness from Germany, Les Larmes de Crocodile from Burundi and performances by the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative among others.

Kampala International Theatre Festival was born out of an exciting relationship with the Sundance Institute of East Africa and its support to playwrights and other theatre makers from East Africa. Over the years, it has become a space that encourages performances and post-performance dialogues that are about forging and holding connections, challenging taboos and celebrating differences.

The festival will run from Tuesday, November 26 up to November 30 from 2 pm until midnight daily.

Full pass goes for Shs 70,000 and Shs 50,000 for adults and students respectively while a one day pass goes for Shs 20,000 for adults and Shs 10,000 for students.

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