ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Azulato Children’s Festival is a one-day event that takes children into a whole new world of artistic and scientific experiences. Curiosity is the biggest potential of a child’s early years. Therefore we provide a fun and creative learning environment with interactive hands-on-activities, workshops and performances to awaken and nourish our children’s appetite for art and science.
We believe that innovation derives from creativity, and that independent and constructive thinking can best be achieved through active experimentation. Our festival engages children in various activities and encourages them to express their creativity and to discover science mechanisms. As one African proverb goes, our best seeds and our most fruitful fields are our children. Let’s support them in growing their talents and self-confidence!
Organized by the Goethe Zentrum Kampala/Uganda German Cultural Society, Azulato is a marriage of two Luganda words “okuzula” meaning “to discover” and “abato” meaning “young children”, hence Azulato signifying childlike enthusiasm for discovery.
Azulato Children’s Festival is an inclusive festival for all children regardless of background and differences in abilities. It is an annual Festival and took place for the first time in May 2018.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Azulato Children’s Festival recognizes its responsibility to ensure that a safe environment is provided for all children taking part in its activities. This policy specifies how we will provide a safe environment and protect children while they are taking part in the festival.
It also aims to protect the Azulato Children’s Festival’s organizing team, exhibitors, workshop facilitators and volunteers from situations where they may feel threatened or open to suspicion or accusation.
This policy covers the following areas:
- Recruitment of freelancers and volunteers
- Selection of facilitators for activities, workshops and performances
- Preparation and rehearsals of performances
- All activities happening on the festival day
Code of Behavior for Staff and collaborating Facilitators
Following this code of conduct will allow Azulato Children’s Festival staff and volunteers working with children to avoid most situations in which they may be compromised. Read more
Anja Göbel has been the director of the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ Ugandan German Cultural Society since 2016. Coming from a background of film archiving, film distribution and conceptualizing film literacy programmes for children, she founded the Ngalabi Short Film Festival in 2017 in collaboration with Maisha Film Lab. Under her guidance, the Goethe-Zentrum has been running various other cultural projects in the fields of visual art, music and photography with local and international partners. The Azulato Children’s Festival is her brainchild and was born from many dialogues she held with Ugandan art and science educators.
Kifuko Moureen Drichiru
Kifuko Moureen Drichiru ‘Key’ is a Ugandan dance performer and teacher, graphics designer, event organizer and speaker, who uses her skills to empower, entertain, educate and inspire positive social change. She is a member, teacher and student of Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU), a voluntary non-profit organization that uses breakdance, Hiphop and education (formal & informal) to empower young people, promote social change as well as creating employment opportunities. Besides working as a festival coordinator for the Azulato Children’s Festival, Key is a Production Assistant at the Kampala based Talking Film Production and has worked with dance companies, corporate companies, arts organizations, prisons, NGOs and festivals.
Lara Buchmann is the cultural coordinator at Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Ugandan German Cultural Society since May 2017. With a background in Art and Curatorial Studies she has a particular interest in the visual arts and in the mediation and presentation of it. As Azulato Children’s Festival is a project organised by Goethe-Zentrum Kampala, she is involved in the festival.
My name is Marvin Ssemakula and I am an intern in the cultural department at Goethe Zentrum Kampala. For me being a part of the organizing team of the Azulato has been a journey well worth the bumps. I hope that the festival can have the much intended impact for which it was put in place. That aside, I hope to lend a hand in many more projects and festivals of this kind here and wherever else I maybe and I also pray that this serves as inspiration for the young kids for whom the future surely deserves to be bright.
I am Elizabeth and I’m currently an intern at the Goethe Zentrum in Kampala.
I’m really happy to be in Kampala and be a member of the Azulato Team. I think the Azulato festival will be a very fun day for kids, where they can get creative and at the same time learn something new.
I hope the kids will enjoy the festival and maybe get inspired for new interests and hobbies
Davis Bamwine is a graphic artist based in Kampala. He graduated from Kyambogo University in Art and Industrial Design. He has ten years of experience in illustration and animation. He has worked on several projects like Facing the Climate with the Embassy of Sweden, 60 book titles, (NULP), Sabula Embata, a 2D animation with Kikali Studio at the Laba! Arts Festival in 2016, and Mango Tree Educational Enterprises Uganda. Davis is also a skilled photographer, 2D animator, sculptor and painter. As a versatile and socially committed artist, he perceives art as universal language with the ability to communicate across social boundaries.
Abdul Kinyenya Muyingo
Abdul ‘Abdanger’ Kinyenya Muyingo is a dance choreographer, photographer, educator and entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of tabu flo, one of Uganda’s top afro-urban dance companies. He is also the artistic director of Batalo East, a non-profit organization which is committed to developing well-rounded young people through traditional and urban dance education, festivals, workshops, outreach, theatre and social entrepreneurship. As for Azulato Children’s Festival, Abdul helped brainstorming in the initial states of the festival and came up with the wonderful name Azulato.
Partners and Sponsors 2018
Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ Ugandan German Cultural Society
52 Bukoto Street, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 11778
Seven Trees Gardens, Kololo
21/29 Golf Course Road, Kololo (below Kololo Airstrip)