Nyege Nyege Festival hosting 2020 edition with both online and offline programming

Nyege Nyege Festival is returning this September, with a combination of online and offline events.

The latest in a series of festivals to announce virtual instalments amid the coronavirus pandemic, Nyege Nyege will take place from the 3rd to the 6th September this year, with a “totally immersive, mesmerizing African party experience, diving deep into the cauldron of contemporary African music and its wider diaspora.”

African Digital Art founder Jepchumba is developing and curating the new online space for the festival.

Its digital programming will feature 25 collectives from across the world presenting 4 days of DJ sets, secret raves, live performances, dance battles, a digital art gallery, comedy shows, talks, performance art and “digital happenings” – the latter of which will be curated by artist Violaine Le Fur.

The festival will also offer live reports from the physical programming, with 360 degree cameras and virtual stages, plus an “artists only” backstage area.

Additionally, Nyege Nyege Festival is also planning a “COVID safe” party at a currently undisclosed location in Uganda– featuring 3 stages, plus a socially distanced “pandemic disco” and VR clubbing.

The online platform will be unveiled on the 15th July, while details of the physical festival will be announced in August.

This year, the festival will showcase African collectives as well as International guests, including artists from cities such as Barcelona, Lisbon, and Montreal, through both DJ sets and live performances. There will also be a “back stage” area for artists to discuss their work.

Among the artists lined up for DJ sets at this years festival are Don Zilla, Slikback, and Kampire, who’ll be joined by the likes of Afrorack, DJ Yan, Selecta Jay, and Kas baby. There’s also live acts including MC Yallah and Fulu Miziki, as well as performances from Ugandan Traditional troupes curated by Don Zilla.

Find out more about the 2020 Nyege Nyege festival here.