March 3, 2024

Batalo Dance festival returns in 10th edition

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We are likely to have another recreation of dances, but in a greater style, as the annual Batalo East Dance Festival in its 10th edition at their new “Batalo East Creative Center” in Kachonga, Bufujja, Butaleja District, on December 16, 2023.

The organizers told uncoveredug news reporters that “the festival will showcase performances from diverse regions, featuring traditional, contemporary, and urban dances, along with local talent from Butaleja’s youth community.”.

According to the organizers, this year’s festival will showcase performances from at least 30 artists from Tanzania, Jinja, Kampala, Mbale, and four traditional troupes, as well as local musicians and talents from Butaleja, Soul Expressions, and the Street Dance Force.

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Organisers say this year’s festival, which will have free and open entrance for all ages, will see the inauguration of the Batalo East Creative Center in Butaleja.

However, the Batalo Dance Festival, which began in 2013 at the National Theatre, has connected over 1,000 young performers from various countries, uniting African culture with urban expression.

“The inauguration of the Batalo East Creative Center marks a significant milestone. This center will serve as a hub for talent development, cultural preservation, intergenerational dialogue, and social and economic growth through performing arts for Butaleja’s youth.”

In conclusion, the annual event fosters unity among diverse clans and tribes, celebrating Uganda’s unique heritage through music, dance, training, and discussions.

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