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Eighth Batalo Dance Fest Edition Goes Virtual

The eighth edition of the Batalo Dance Festival shall be held online, the organizing Committee has revealed.

According to the statement that was released on Saturday, the festival will be broadcast live on different social media platforms between October 9 and 11.

“Although we are faced with uncertainty and moments of stillness, in the course of an October weekend; Uganda will again become the centre of dance attraction,” reads part of the statement.

The statement adds that the festival has the involvement of the regional dance exchanges with dancers from around East Africa, DRC, the Republic of South Africa and the exceptional home grown talent.

Batalo fest was formed on the basis of building a bridge between traditional and urban dance, encouraging young people and dancers to value and incorporate traditional African art forms into their lives and artistry, alongside their development as global citizens and artists on the international stage.

This year’s festival will be a collection of dance pieces which inspired the dancers and continue to keep the artistic glow alight despite such Covid-19 times.

Among the new dances is the A-Z dance concept that will be premiered at the festival .It is a groovy and energetic feel to the Ugandan traditional dances.

“Dance pieces like ‘Sukaali’ that brought tears to our eyes and warmth in our hearts because of the precise and elaborate movement on a culture we are all familiar with ‘child marriage’ will be re-premiered. “Me” by Macaleni Muzi from South Africa and some of Uganda’s best dancers will definitely be featured,” the statement adds.

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As part of the online co-curation process, East African Artists will develop new work with UK Artist and Director of Breakin’ Convention Jonzi D and the Breakin’ Convention team that will be showcased in the 2020 Batalo East Festival online and later into 2021.

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