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#UgBlogWeek August 2018: Off The Record Legacies

It’s officially the art festival season in Uganda and August is proving to be the busiest month on the scene. It kicked off with the Bayimba Music Festival from 2 – 5th August (check out this review by Beewol) at their new home on Lake Victoria. The Babisahi Poetry Festival happened on the same weekend and this years edition went to Sipi Falls. Currently, we have #KLAART18, which started on 8th August and runs until the 31st, ongoing and the Writivism Literary Festival which is happening from 17th to 19th August. Away from the festivals, some of the poetry groups like Lantern Meet of the Poets (The Zindzi Lounge – 3rd August), Kitara Nation (Arrest the Poem – 25th August) and Kelele (Kelele: Bringing the Noise to Kampala – 26th August) are also having highly billed poetry nights. Then there’s also the theatre plays….generally, it is a great time to be an art enthusiast.

We the bloggers are also artists in our right so now seems like the best time to jump into the fray and have a blog week about the arts. Yay! The festival whose themes we have decided to tap into are those of Writivism, who we also partnered with last year and are continuing the relationship with this year (set aside the evening of Friday 17th for the collaborative #UBHH party that we shall be doing as part of their programming at The Square Place), and KLA ART.

The Writivism Festival theme this year is Legacy. Ko them: The excavation of history enables us to see the legacies we have inherited, and to consider what legacies we leave for the future. Is it Jay Z’s “Black excellence”? For Fred Khumalo, “what we call ‘history’ is not a thing, an object of study, but a story we choose to tell.” At the 2018 Writivism Festival, we are exploring legacies. We start with the premise that representations of the past within art are a site of contestation that entails deconstruction and reconstruction of the past. We will think about how the past is remembered, negotiated and adapted to inform the present and future.

What about KLA ART, what are they on about? KLA ART is an exciting public art festival made by, for and with the city. It celebrates local art in public spaces, taking art from the galleries into the streets of the city. We are in the third edition and we invited 10 artists to explore “Off The Record” with us and establish new art audiences. What is hidden in plain sight? How do we share, hide or re-tell our own stories? What counts as official history? What rumors and myths change our lived experiences in Kampala? The 10 projects range from story collection and retelling with Karis Upton in and around Kampala; to a rage room to scream your heart out in at Nakasero Market;  to a pop-up gallery of digital art with cyborgs and robots Kampala and Wilson Road, and a large scale installation/tapestry in the side of Platinum House by Hellen Nabukenya. Artists and their works and the schedule can all be found on klaart.org.

These themes both sound very academic but I doubt that is going to scare any of you off. Tackle them we shall! But in case you are developing a small headache trying to wrap your head around them, we have some guiding questions for you:

  • What legacies from the past have you examined to shape your own philosophical worldview?
  • Are there any interesting stories from (y)our past/present that you feel have valuable life lessons but haven’t been given the due attention/coverage they deserve?
  • How does one build a legacy worth remembering?
  • With the recent unearthing of tweets and past actions of celebrities that have led to their downfall, are your own off the record actions something you are confident would depict you in a good way if they were brought to light?
  • Do we have to constantly study history to predict the future because we’ve accepted that it repeats itself or is Kanye West onto something when he says we should ignore the past and focus on creating an independent future?
  • As a continent with a very troubled past & present, what legacy are the current generations building for those that will come after us?
  • The ideologies and movements you subscribe to with the belief that they will lead to the betterment of humanity, are you 100% in their direction? If there was something you could change about them, what would that be? How about the other side, what do you think they are doing wrong?
  • Are we honoring the pan-African calls of those that were part of the struggle to get our ‘independence’?
  • On a personal level, what will your personal career/family/spiritual/social legacy be?
  • If these are still not helping, we also encourage you to check out the different programs and attend some of the events that pique your interest. I’m sure you will leave with some fresh perspectives that should produce a couple of pieces.

Have we helped or we’ve just made things more complicated? If it’s the latter, feel free to drop your own guiding questions in the comments section below.

Speaking of Legacies, let’s all turn up for this session and remember Nevender.

This blog week will run from Wednesday 15th – Tuesday 21st August 2018. If you’d like to help us curate the posts during the course of the blog week, kindly DM us on any of our social media as soon as possible,

For those that might not be interested in current themes, feel free to do your own thing or choose a theme from our ever-expanding blog theme pool over here. You can add to the pool by commenting on that post or mentioning us on twitter with your theme using the hashtag #UgBlogThemePool.

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Happy Reading. Happy Blogging. Happy #UgBlogWeek

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