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Creative Talks, Events, networking
We are back from the Creative Talks Africa break hosted by KQ x Design Hub Kampala. These talks are curated in such a way that they foster Creative conversation and give a safe space for the Creative community to network, collaborate, share ideas, seek mentorship and have fun.

This month, on the theme of “Compassion & Curiosity” we are excited to be hosting Liz Kamugisha – Founder of Ngoma Jam Sessions Liz is a co-founder and drum circle facilitator of Ngoma Jam Sessions, which is a Community Drum Circle that meets every month for drum therapy, in Kampala Uganda.

Ngoma Jam Sessions was created as a safe space to release the stress of everyday life and bottled up emotions that we are not so open to discussing verbally, due to culture and stigma, through the structure of drum therapy and collaborative music creation.

Liz has hosted group drumming sessions with focus on mental health and the many scientifically proven therapeutic benefits of drumming, for 3 years, and has worked with various groups, ranging from corporate wellness retreats to young children with disabilities at developmental centers.

She aims to establish a structure which can be replicated in each town or village center, where drum troupes are able to hold drum circles for their communities, and apply this indigenous form of therapy, to encourage more community inclusion, harmony and wellbeing through using art as therapy.

NOTE: This is a FREE event. There will be some Coffee, Beers, BBQ– on sale.
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Creative Talks, Events
For our August edition of the Creative Talks Africa sessions which coincides with the International Youth Day week 2018 with the theme – ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’.

The European Union in Uganda in partnership with KQ, Design Hub Kampala , Soul-Xpressions, Wild and SafeBoda bring you a dialogue of young Creative Entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing, innovating and creating “safe spaces” for other young people to thrive and express freely their rights to identity, democracy, culture and arts.

Join the conversation on 10th August 2018 at the Design Hub Kampala.

Event starts at 4PM with some refreshing cocktails and bites, exhibitions, music, and guest Deejays after the talk.

Note: This is an exclusively Free event.
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Creative Talks, Events, networking
Uganda’s comedy Industry has come a long way from the olden days and we as Creative Talks Africa in this our July edition want to explore its evolution. We shall have a small comedic panel to help us explore not only their journey through the comedy industry but to map out its evolution throughout the creative ecosystem. It shall consist of:

Cotilda:– Uganda’s original pioneer female stand-up comedian, Cotilda is also recognized as one of Africa’s leading stand-up comedians. A founder/mentor of the Queens of Comedy Uganda, she also doubles as an established comedy writer and also, director of comedy files live Uganda. She is no stranger to the international stage, with performances in the UK, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Kigali international comedy festival & Laugh Festival 2 and the first ever just concluded Kampala comedy festival.

Collins Emeka:- He is currently one of the top English comedians of the new generation. He is also Uganda’s youngest comedian aged 23. Some of his notable performances include The Churchill Show in Kenya, and performances in Rwanda and Zambia. He was recently nominated in the ADARA Awards in South Africa in the category of African Comedian of the year alongside other great comedians like Basketmouth from Nigeria and Salvador from Uganda.

Daniel Omara:- He is a teacher by training but a comedian by choice. Known as the ‘Intelligent’ Comedian, Omara first rose to recognition playing the character Odoch in the series ‘The Hostel’ and hasn’t looked back ever since. He has helped build comedy platforms and mentor the growing comedy industry in Uganda and is the Executive producer of the recently concluded first edition of Kampala Comedy Festival. CreativeTalks Africa is an initiative by KQ & Design Hub Kampala with support from Wild, SafeBoda, and Cajonmusichouselive. Grab a free coffee cup and listen to interesting creative conversations and music by our networking partner Cajonmusichouselive.

Note, the talks are free attendance.
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Creative Talks, Events, networking, Party
CreativeTalks Africa is back for the 5th Edition and this month we (KQ & Design Hub Kampala) are hosting Artist and Gallerist Daudi Karungi. 

Unraveling the 3rd edition of the Kampala Art Biennale.

Daudi has been at the forefront of a new movement to promote Ugandan art both within Uganda, and internationally. He is a founding member of the Kampala Arts Trust and initiator of the Kampala Art Biennale (KAB) an international art event that takes place every two years in the city. As director of the KAB18 edition, he is in charge of overall coordination of the Biennale, including building partnerships, securing funding and creating an overall communication strategy. 

For this 3rd edition independent curator, Simon Njami proposed a Master – Apprentice studio concept. This will enable bridging the gap between the international art scene and local audiences as well as provide a vehicle to transmit knowledge from the older to younger generations of artist. 
During this edition of #creativetalks Daudi will explain more about the KAB18 concept and answer questions during a Q&A session where he will demystify and unravel the Kampala Art Biennale from his perspective.

There will be free coffee by our sponsors Wild and a DJ set for the networking sessions. Use the SafeBoda App promo code: #CREATIVETALKS to hitch a free, safe and timely ride for the talks at Design Hub Kampala.

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Creative Talks, Events, Party
In collaboration with In Place of War, we (KQ and Design Hub Kampala with support from Wild & SafeBoda ) are delighted to be hosting a panel discussion on: “Making the Festival” which consists of some of Uganda’s renown festival Directors and Artists at this month’s edition of the Creative Talks Africa.

We are happy to welcome DJ Hibotep, Derek G. Debru (of MTN NYEGE NYEGE), Faisal Kiwewa (of Bayimba International Festival – Uganda), Rasheeda Nalumoso (of KLA ART Festival) and Anthony J Thompson (of StoneFest music, art, & tech festival 2018).

These panelists will be sharing on- What does it take to run a festival in Uganda or Africa at large? A how-to-guide to making a successful festival. The panel will also explore the realities of running a festival; from the resourcing, to the selection of the venue, creating identity and finding your unique selling point, to choosing and promoting to your audience. The panel also includes the voice of a young creative Deejay who will share her perspective of how festivals fit into an artists career.

DJ Hibotep
She Is a Creative Electronic Deejay who has performed quite extensively on a number of festivals in East Africa. Her insane rave electronic sounds sway audiences to marvel at her serenading dexterity. Hibotep is also a filmmaker and fashion designer. Her mantra is” Learn the rules and break them the way that suits you.”

Derek G. Debru
He is the Co-founder MTN Nyegenyege Festival and Nyegenyege Tapes. Whilst primarily an opportunity to showcase underground talent from across East Africa together with the opportunity to present cutting edge producers from Europe and the USA to an East African audience, Nyege Nyege will explore more than just music. The Festival happens every year in September at the Nile Discovery Beach. Nyege Nyege takes it’s inspiration from the legendary World Festival of the Black Arts’ that took place in Dakar Senegal in 1966. An extended invitation from Uganda to the world. Nyege Nyege also showcases the connections between Africa and the rest of the world Afro Diaspora with Cumbia from South America, vodou jazz from Haiti and underground hip hop from America. Complementing the line-up will some of the hottest producers and DJ’s from Europe whose work is in conversation with African sounds.

Faisal KIWEWA
He is the founding director of Bayimba Cultural Foundation. Together with a team of colleagues he has worked hard to transform the arts scene in Uganda from a rather static state to its current level of vibrancy. During the past years, under his guidance, Bayimba has trained, supported and created numerous platforms to celebrate the arts in Uganda. Due to the many efforts in networking and building bridges within the arts sector, Bayimba has developed into a house hold name among artists and professionals, not only within Uganda but also within the East African region and other corners around the world. The most recent regional impact was created with the launch of DOADOA – the East African Performing Arts Market – as a regional platform where stakeholders in the performing arts industry meet to share their skills and experience and do business. In the eleventh season as the director of Bayimba, Faisal aims at strengthening the role of Bayimba in developing the arts within Uganda and East Africa, to strengthen DOADOA as the network of the regional exporters of the performing arts from East Africa, the Kampala International Theatre Festival with a focus on East African theatre and to forward the Bayimba agenda to develop lasting structures to sustain the arts.

Rasheeda Nalumoso (Live Traces Producing)
She is a Creative Producer with ten years experience working across theater, dance and the visual arts. Highlight festival producing credits across a range of scales and sizes include the Soho Theatre’s Waltham Forest parks festival- a six month long festival of cross arts engagement in north east London and the Tree of Light cultural Olympiad program in 2012. I am interested in developing new collaborations with artists in East Africa and across the continent considering strategies to develop participation and audience engagement recently a participant of the Atelier Young Festival managers conference in Johannesburg run in partnership with the market theatre and European festivals association. I am currently a creative producer for KLA ART 18- the third edition of KLA ART, a visual arts festival which celebrates public art for, in and with the city produced by 32 Degrees East Ugandan Arts Trust.
During the month of August, artists’ work placed in different parts of the city will explore the theme ‘Off the Record’. The work the artists create will speak to hidden histories, open histories, current stories and new futures to create alternative “memory banks” and new narratives. The call is now open to any and all artists wanting to apply www.KLAart.org.

Anthony J Thompson,
He is the Founder of The Creative Tribe and StoneFest, Creative, singer/song-writer, and entrepreneur. I like to reflect on things about love, life, and God (spirituality) Jinja’s flagship festival in the heart of Jinja Town. Founded by The Creative Tribe, StoneFest is a 3-day multi-faceted music festival to celebrate the burgeoning creative community in Jinja. What makes this festival so special is that it has tapped into the pulse of Jinja and is growing alongside it. It was birthed out of the work that The Creative Tribe does year-round to develop and promote Jinja’s creative arts community. Check out a performance from 2017 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6rNr0fnFqY After only one edition, StoneFest has already proven to be an attraction for both local and international crowds, thanks in part to its diverse lineup, and has the potential to become a force within the East African festival community. StoneFest derives its name from the word “Jinja” itself, which means “stone”. It is also now a part of Jinja Adventure Week 2018. Jinja Adventure Week (JAW) is a week-long series of festivals, recreational sports, workshops, games, and other activities highlighting Jinja as the “adventure capital of East Africa”.

See you ALL. Free Entrance. Free Coffee for all. A DJ Networking set will be available as well.
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Creative Talks, Events, Learning, networking, Party
Welcome back to our second edition of the monthly CreativeTalks Africa. We are pleased to announce and welcome Doreen Adengo the Team Leader Adengo Architecture to speak at Design Hub Kampala

Doreen is an Architect, based in Kampala, Uganda. She leads Adengo Architecture, an architecture and urbanism practice grounded in research and multidisciplinary collaboration. Recent projects have focused on researching the housing crisis in Kampala, and developing affordable housing solutions. 

After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Catholic University and Yale, respectively, she worked in London, Washington DC, and New York for Adjaye Associates, Robert A. M. Stern Architects, Ellerbe Becket, and Gruzen Samton Architects. She has taught at The New School and Pratt Institute in New York and at Makerere University in Kampala. 

Currently she is a part time lecturer at Makerere University’s intern training program and a visiting critic at University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture.

She will be speaking on the theme: “Role of the Architect in the Creative & Innovative Industry”.

We are also taking this opportunity to welcome our generous Coffee Sponsor Wild on board who will be providing free Coffee to all attendees at the CreativeTalks Africa event. Come taste the flavored 100% African rich coffee as you network, share ideas and listen to our guest speaker this month.

Not forgetting, we will have a DJ on set to serenade us with music as we network and a live Acoustic music Performance from Anthony Jermaine .

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Creative Talks Africa is a Creative monthly meetup hosted by KQ & Design Hub Kampala providing a platform for creatives in Africa to share their Creative experience, network and collaborate.
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Creative Talks, Events, Learning, Photography
Join us for our first series of monthly CreativeTalks with seasoned Photographer Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar on the theme: “Creativity & Empathy”. 

Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar is a Ugandan born citizen of the world, an unconventional self-taught, multiple award winning photographer and artist living and working in Kampala, Uganda. 

CREATIVE ARTIST STATEMENT.
“I am a citizen of the world using photography as a tool of self-expression and discovery, documenting the world around me. I believe in telling stories of others and giving history a visual stamp by freezing moments. My work has a native influence from the youth and hiphop culture, people, social motivational causes and diverse forms of expression. I enjoy finding the light, creating interactions and capturing that moment both candid and staged. I photograph people in their environments because I want to preserve a moment in time and give a sense of belonging. I am inspired by the curiosity of understanding people’s enthusiasm and drive towards their work, creating and preserving the history and making art. I hope to give-a-smile-to-the-world through my lens and evoke a positive dialogue about the African continent.”
                                                                                                          –Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar.

For more about Kibuuka, check out his website: www.kibuukaphotography.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kibuukaphotography

Note: This is a free event however you can donate whatever you can. See you all. 
There will be a special performance of talented musician Apio More at the beginning of the talk

The monthly CreativeTalk series are brought to you by KQ Hub Africa, Youth Connect-Uganda & Design Hub Kampala.
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