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
Managing Director 2019
Barbara Sommer is managing the Goethe-Zentrum / Ugandan German Cultural Society since August 2018 when she came to Uganda. With her Master´s degrees in Spanish and German Linguistics, History and Sociology, she has taught German and Spanish language to adults and children. Her passion for language learning and teaching brought her to design and conduct a series of cultural projects and intercultural seminars in different countries where she lived and worked. A Children´s Festival which is promoting art and sciences and instills in children the wish to explore and learn more is an excellent idea that she wants to expand further. She therefore wants to continue the legacy of her predecessor to build upon and make Azulato Children´s Festival a yearly event for children of all backgrounds.
Sanna Anselm is the new cultural coordinator at the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Ugandan German Cultural Society since January 2019. After completing her master’s degree in Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies with a minor in Film Studies, Sanna moved to Uganda in 2018. With her academic background and work experience in International Business, Marketing, Event and Project Management, she has a particular interest in the organization of cultural events, especially in the fields of film and music. As the Azulato Children’s Festival is a project organized by Goethe-Zentrum Kampala, Sanna is responsible for the communications and general coordination of the festival.
Festival Coordinator 2019
Lara Buchmann was the cultural coordinator at Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Ugandan German Cultural Society from May 2017 to February 2019. With a background in Art and Curatorial Studies she has a particular interest in the arts and in the mediation and presentation of it. She has been part of the Azulato Childrens’ Festival team from the early beginnings, being involved in the conceptualisation of the festival and coordinating the first edition in 2018. In 2019, she was responsible for curating and coordinating the numerous activities and workshops.
Kifuko Moureen Drichiru
Festival Coordinator 2019
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. Key is again part of Azulato 2019 and is responsible for coordinating the Performance and Schools.
I am Freya, the intern at the Cultural Department of Goethe Zentrum Kampala. In this years edition of the Azulato Children’s Festival I am part of the organizing team. While being in Uganda for a longer time, I already got the chance of seeing how children usually get their education at school here. That’s why I really love the new approaches of learning, experiencing and discovering which are used at Azulato through various activities. Children being able to unleash their own potentials, creating something on their own by using their talents and being enthusiastic about arts and science is one of the best thing to see.
My name is Hannah and I am the current Intern at Goethe Zentrum Kampala’s Cultural Department. I really like to help the second Azulato edition taking place and I will do my part as best as possible! I really love about Azulato, that children can discover new interests and talents – The festival being educational and entertaining at the same time. Supporting kids and helping them to grow and to develop into individuals is one of the most important tasks in our society these days! Azulato is supporting this with its approach, to promote children's curiosity which leads to unique artistic and scientific experiences.
Volunteer Coordinator 2019
I am Lawrence and responsible for coordinating the volunteers and vendors for Azulato 2019.
Azulato is about learning, entertainment, inclusion among other things. It is nice to see children from different walks of life come together for a fun-filled yet educative day.
If I am not at the University, I'll probably be at GZK volunteering or at home watching a TV show.
Managing Director 2018
Anja Göbel has been the director of the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ Ugandan German Cultural Society from 2016 until 2018. 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.
Elisabeth Albrecht was the former intern in the Cultural Department of Goethe Zentrum during the first edition of Azulato Children's Festival. She helped supporting Children's Curiousity and introduced new interests and hobbies to them. Azulato is very grateful for her help!
Marvin Ssemakula was the former intern in the Cultural Department of Goethe Zentrum during the first edition of Azulato Children's Festival. He helped supporting Children's Curiousity and introduced new interests and hobbies to them. Azulato is very grateful for his help!
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.
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.
Partners and Sponsors 2019
Partners and Sponsors 2018
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