So guys am off to Jinja for the Nyege Nyege Festival. Looking forward to having a good time, meeting old friends and making new ones. I will also be performing my poetry, Gospel poetry on a World Wide festival, yes.
Even those that take weed need Jesus. With no judgement, I spread the gospel.For he didn’t come for the healthy but the sick.
The 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People was held from the 16 – 27 May 2017 in cape Town, South Africa. It comprised of a Festival, a Conference and a World Congress.
The Cradle of Creativity (all dedicated to theater for young audiences. The multi-layered event was hosted by ASSITEJ South Africa, and took place in Cape Town at multiple venues.This has been the first time the festival has been held in an African country since the inception of ASSITEJ International in 1965.
ASSITEJ South Africa, is a networking platform for people working with or interested in theater for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theater for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to be an advocate for the right of every child to arts education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.
It was a privilege to have been among the thirty artists chosen from around the world to participant in the Next Generation Residency .The residency is a yearly program for young theater professionals to enable intercultural collaborations.My two weeks in Capetown had me in awe of all the high quality children’s plays I watched, the theater companies in attendance, The workshops and symposiums. This festival taught me that children’s theater is just as important as adults theater.
Among the activities I attended:
The Focus day sessions and workshops: story telling by Rives Collins
Viewpoints workshop by Erwin
Theatre as Education
Learning how to tell stories using different techniques and knowing what kind of stories children are interested in was also important to note.
I sat in the plays with a note book, noting all the interesting techniques, methods that I liked. There were simply many plays to watch and I felt if I didn’t jolt down, I would be bound to forget. I am glad to say that cradle of creativity is where I got to watch mind blowing plays. My horizon broadened as I learnt several ways to produce children’s plays.
The Receptions: Being able to attend receptions organized by specific countries with Assitej ie, Australian, Netherlands, Asian, china’s etc. was a great way to get reading material of what activities and productions are done and supported.
Africa Day meeting: Through the Africa day meeting, I got to know that there is no ASSITEJ in Uganda. What a pity, we are missing on great theater collaborations and connections. Am going to do something about this.
I enjoyed the Africa day celebrations that happened outside Arts cape theater. Unlike all the productions and programmed that happened indoors, it was good to enjoy the nature and atmosphere at the same time whilst watching amazing musical collaborations and puppetry.
Workshop and preparation of the auction was a time to get to know the next generation delegates, how they think, collaborate and work in a team. Initially I had thought it would have been difficult to come up with presentations as we had several actors, directors but every one was willing to listen and follow direction. It was great that we were able to present not one but three presentations at the auction.
It wasn’t all work though, we took time off to climb lions head. Te scenery, my oh my…………..
Blac Anthem Arts has a goal, and that’s to make theater in Kampala great again. How are we going to do it, must be your question. Blac Anthem is going to merge performing artists with NGO’s and Companies.
These institutions have the money we creative’s need to move activism deeper into the communities and we have the creative minds they need to help them do it. Art is the best way to communicate to the grass root people. Is the message is human rights, child labor, teen pregnancy; Performing Art is the medium to use.
BLAC Anthem was called upon by the Belgium Embassy in Uganda to create a performance in Technical and Vocational Education Training.
Blac Anthem got out a call on its social media platforms to attract any artists who were interested to perform. The artists who were finally chosen were not there as entertainers but as a voice for the unemployed youth.
The performance was on the high level of unemployment among the youth and how ‘thinking in the box system ‘only creates job seekers other than job creators.’
The guest of honor was the First Lady, Minister of Education Janet Museveni