Somehow, the arts are picking up in Kampala. There is a lot to be excited about. Just this past week, there were book meetings held by Turn The Page, Sooo Many Stories, and two festivals being held – Writivism and Babishai including Kampala Short Film Festival.
Last Saturday, Nyana Kakoma’s Sooo Many Stories, launched their FirePlace Book Club meetings at The Village Mall Rooftop, Bugolobi. The way FirePlace works is different from Turn The Page book club, in that it merely facilitates book readers’ clubs wherever they choose to be.
At the event, Ernest Bazanye was announced as the next author being published by Sooo Many Stories. His book is set to come out Christmas season, so look out for it!
And Writivism started! This year the festival is located at The Uganda Museum and is attended by book lovers, reviewers, authors, educators and arts enthusiasts from all over Africa and the world. (It’s a little sad the government doesn’t get involved in these things but anyway, we cannot wait for them).
Monday’s highlight for me was the Ebifananyi 6 Book launch. I reviewed the book here. The discussions that arose from the launch were what were interesting. From a pseudo trial of colonial education, to questions about globalism, there was simply a lot to say yet not enough time. Also, Moses Serugo kicked off his Kampala Short Film Festival, showing over 10 shorts to the audience.
What is unknown sometimes to the public are the ongoing school tours that the Writivism guests have and the Workshops where many of Africa’s literary notables share notes. The festival is on till Sunday (I have two sessions on Sunday, feel free to check out writivism.com for the full schedule.)
Babishai Poetry Festival also kicks off this week. It runs from today Wednesday 24th August till Friday. Expect a good number of more literary notables from Africa. And for all those that love poetry. Make sure to pass by.
Both festivals will announce the prize winners of their respective prizes.
I am little worried that after August, there will be a cooling down of the literary in Kampala. Hopefully this is just a worry.