To happen or not to happen, that has been the talk surrounding Uganda’s top arts festival dubbed Nyege Nyege. However, with all clearances done and guidelines put in place the festival finally opened its doors to revellers today at Itanda falls in Jinja.
Just like any other festival where business was slow on day one with a massively deployed security monitoring the situation as revellers endured the greasy weather.
Serious business was visible in camping areas, parking, and performance stages where technicians had set up earlier. A couple of revellers who arrived today took to nature walks while others kept inside tents to stay away from drizzles.
Later in the day, the party began at Hakuna Kulara stage where free-spirited performances and deejaying took place as revellers danced and drank the night away.
Unlike the previous venue which was relatively small, the seventh edition of Nyege Nyege is at a huge venue on the banks of the Nile river, at Itanda Falls, a venue some five times larger than the previous home. Revellers were seen taking photos at the source of the Nile, and activities are many this time round.
With a focus mainly on electronic music scenes across Africa, alongside sounds from the global diaspora and others, the festival is set to give space to a total of 300 artistes who will play across seven stages.
There is also an enormous showcase of visual arts and a range of activities available, including bungee jumping, sunset cruises, and rafting. According to organisers, there will be a sustainable practice where revellers will plant bamboo trees as a way of conserving the environment and offsetting carbon emissions in the future.
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