5th Street Industrial Area +256 (0) 774 779 925
Events, networking, workshop
The pressure is on in Uganda to get more youth and women involved in the coffee value chain, starting with farming by using smarter agronomy practices, as the country looks to increase production to an ambitious 20 million bags by 2025.

But in the race to get there, Uganda’s path is littered with hurdles, the first of which is that of an ageing workforce on the farms. The average age of a coffee farmer is 60 years, according to the 2015 Sustainability of the Coffee Sector in Africa report by the International Coffee Organisation.

This is in spite of over 80 per cent of Uganda’s population still being under the age of 30 years while the country’s median age is in the teen years.

“Youth exodus to urban areas has created a shortage of labour because the old people do not have the energy to farm,” said the executive director of Uganda Coffee Farmers Alliance Tony Mugoya.

For now, most young people who are engaged in the coffee sector prefer the tail end of the value chain, doing jobs like marketing, branding and brewing of the beverage, rather than work that requires them to get their hands dirty to produce the coffee in the first place.

“We have not done enough to involve the youth; we need to fully empower them. As they come in, they should learn how the entire coffee value chain work since they need relevant skills to take coffee production to another level” (Source: Trade Mark East Africa/ The East African)

As a response to this challenge several Coffee Youth Initatives have been started by various stakeholders in the sector.

We will have presentations from e.g.Café Africa, Kyagalanyi, Ugacof, HRNS, YLA and Nucafe as well as youth stories and experiences from the field, alternated with videos, and thematic group sessions around themes such as Resources (financial, knowledge), Communication / social media use / marketing, Communication between youth & company, Expectations of youth, Gender, Education levels, Access to land and sustainability of the programmes.

Objective of workshop

Share lessons learned from the various youth initiatives that are currently ongoing in the coffee sector (+ possibly some other youth initiatives in the agriculture sector at large) and jointly identify what works and what doesn’t work. Identify what went well so that processes and techniques can be replicated Identify what didn’t go well so that other projects or future initiatives don’t make the same mistakes.

8.30 Welcome & Coffee
9.15 Youth Initiatives presentations
10.15 Field Stories from youth
10.45 Teabreak
11.15 Youth Initiatives cont.
12.15 Field Stories
12.45 Lunch and video
14.00 Marula research findings
14.30 Thematic breakout groups
15.30 Teabreak
16.00 Groupwork Do’s and Don’ts
17.00 Wrap up
17.30 Networking drinks + presentation of illustrations

Concert, Events
FULLEFFECT is the 10th and final episode of the #kazkasozisoirée series of unique live music shows. It will be loaded with gritty punchy funk for a blistering 2hrs. #Funky

As if that isn’t enough already, there’s more!

For the hardcore revellers #TrioTabu will add a 1hr after-show starting 30min after the end of the main show. #Funkier

This will be filled with raucous funk jams, the kind your mama warned you about! #funkattitude

50K Funky
100K Funkier (with special gift bag plus priority entry into the after-show + more)

Events, Film Screening
Design Hub is welcoming famous wildlife activist Ofir Drori for a Q&A and screening of the movie The Ivory Game.


Ofir Drori is an Israeli writer and activist based in Central Africa. He started as an activist against wildlife trafficking, and expanded to anti-corruption, democracy and human rights activism throughout Africa.

Watch his tedXtalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ODViQakthY

About the movie: Ivory is a prized status symbol for middle-class Chinese, and poachers in pursuit of white gold are slaughtering African elephants in record numbers. Filmmakers went under cover for 16 months, infiltrating and documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis.

Events, Exibitions, Party
Kampala Art Biennale (KAB18) is a story of transmission from one generation of artists to the next. Unlike the common format of major biennales which historically show and promote the best of their time, as a platform where professionals and the market can come and choose the next big artist, KAB18 is choosing a format vehicles our continent’s original values of sharing and transferring knowledge.

Thus, 2018 will took on a master / apprentice format to allow for the transmission of artistic skill from international contemporary art masters to young artists. This is especially crucial as it evokes the traditional African transfer of knowledge from the experienced to the future generation.

For KAB18, Simon Njami invited 7 internationally renown artists to open their studios in Kampala to young Ugandan, African and international artists.

The opening takes place in an old 7000m2 warehouse at the premises next to Design Hub Kampala.

For more information visit our website: http://kampalabiennale.org

Learning, Training, workshop
The KAB18 Art Education Programme will focus on critical art writing. In order to develop a vibrant art industry, there must be Artists, Galleries, Art Critics, Art Collectors and Museums.

Developing critical writing about art helps us understand art as a medium of communication. We believe that the younger generation, if nurtured and guided, will become tomorrow’s art critics and writers.

The education programme will take the form of a workshop which will be an introduction to art writing and will use as material the Kampala Biennale, with its exhibitions, artists, and guests from the cultural sector.

The participants will write pieces about the artworks at the Biennale. The main objective of this programme is to learn how to observe works of art, to question how they are elaborated, to interview artists and to place the works in an artistic movement. But it is also to learn how to place oneself as spectator; sensible and capable of critique.

The programme will be conducted by Mr. En Liang Khong, arts writer and cellist. En Liang Khong is assistant digital editor at frieze, a leading arts magazine. His writing on politics and art has been published in Prospect, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph and The New Inquiry.

The workshop will take place in Kampala from 22nd -25th August 2018.
Limited spaces are available.  To apply: http://kampalabiennale.org/call-for-participants-critical-art-writing-workshop/

Events, Fashion
World Fashion Day show!
Don’t miss this event which features a showroom, red carpet & cocktail as well as a runway with lots of entertainment and fun.

Organised by Moreli Models, designers artists and pop up shops.

Meet your best Fashion icons in Uganda and Internationally.

+256700708626, +256755408705
Email: morelimodels@gmail.com
VIP: 50K
TABLE : 300K

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.

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.

Learning, networking, Training, workshop

Cairo Hackers Space, together with Design Hub Kampala and iZone Hub, embarked on a technological collaboration based on 3d printing technology. The aim was to showcase the potential of DIY manufacturing technology as well as hacker spaces in a way that acts to empower the local marketplaces and local production. 


Components of the course

  • Basic Electronics – Introduction to the theory of electronics with emphasis on software design and physical wiring.
  • 3D Printing 101 – An introduction to the various methods of manufacturing and how they compare with 3D printing.
  • CAD Design 101 – This session looked at the actual software; how it can be used to design objects.
  • 3D Printer Building – The class was taken through the process of building a printer starting with understanding the components and theirs uses.
  • From Idea To Product – The final session was for generating a use case and specific ideas that could be designed and printed.

The 3D printer workshop was undertaken as part of HIVOS Hub Collaboration fund and involved 3 countries and regions in Africa, namely MENA (Egypt), East Africa (Uganda) and Southern Africa (Zimbabwe).

Members of Cairo Hackerspace in Egypt facilitated the workshops and Design Hub Kampala took the administrative lead for the project.

The implementation took place from 18 June – 26th June in Kampala, Uganda and from 29th June – 6th July in Harare Zimbabwe.