Well, your plans have fallen through, your friends are busy, and you’re stuck with an empty weekend in Kampala, what to do? Answer: read on! We’ve rounded up the best events in Kampala this weekend and for the weekends beyond that, so you’ll have plenty of ways to keep yourself busy throughout February and March, all while making the most of what the capital has to offer.
Celebrate the Big Screen
From March 15th – 17th the city will be showcasing the best of African film at the Amakula International Film Festival. With a rich roster of quality movies, the festival has helped lead the way for the vibrant local scene, supporting storytellers as they bring their vision to the big screen. The perfect pick for movie buffs or anyone who enjoys settling in with a good flick, Amakula is the city’s oldest independent film festival, and is celebrating its 12th year in 2019. Set across several prestigious venues, including the Uganda National Museum, this is one of the best events in Kampala when it comes to both culture and the local creative community.
Get your groove on
If music is more your thing, head down to the Kampala Serena Hotel on March 16th, and you’ll definitely want to pick up your friends along the way with our multiple destination option. Kicking off at 5pm, the HiPipo Music Awards will be lauding leading local talent when it comes to top tunes. If you want to live like a rock star you can even book a VIP table for the night. The fun starts before showtime, you can vote for your favourite act and hope that your fan loyalty sees them bag an award. Even if you don’t see your musical heroes crowned, you can console yourself with spectacular live performances all night long.
Stop and reflect
Not all events in Kampala are about fast-paced action. Take a moment to pause at the Afriart Gallery’s latest exhibition, named simply ‘Contemplation’. Running from January 11th – February 28th, explore the multimedia creations of visual artist RONEX and journey into the deeper meaning of dreams. With a frequently changing line-up, it’s well worth making a trip to the Afriart Gallery a regular event in your diary. A must-visit for anyone looking to indulge in a bit of culture, this is the number one destination for local art.
There’s no excuse to stay in and watch the weekend pass you by. Whether it’s events in Kampala this weekend or one several weeks from now, be sure to make the most of the lively capital by tapping into the music, film and art scenes this month!