Nyege Nyege Festival 2023: New dates and venue confirmed for Uganda’s most vibrant event

The 2023 Nyege Nyege Festival has been confirmed for November 09-11 2023

Kampala, (UG): The 2023 edition of the vibrant Nyege Nyege Festival has been confirmed to take place 09-12th November in Jinja, eastern Uganda after the full endorsement of Busoga Kingdom’s Tourism and Heritage Ministry.

Dubbed the ‘Nyege Wonderland’, this year’s festival like the previous ones will sit on a combined space of about 50 acres covering the Source of the Nile, Jinja Showgrounds, Jinja Golf Course, and Jinja Nile Park.

The annual event, known for its celebration of music, dance, and culture, has become a significant highlight for both local and international revellers.

The preparations for the 2023 edition were officially launched on Tuesday at the Source of the Nile Gardens in Jinja City under the theme “Back to the Source.”

What to expect

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Ms Hellen Namutamba, the Minister of Tourism and Heritage in Busoga Kingdom speaking at the launch emphasized the festival’s significance in placing Jinja and the entire Busoga region on the international map.

With attractions such as Itanda Falls, Busowooko Falls, and the Source of the Nile, the festival effectively highlights Busoga’s tourism potential, making it a must-visit destination for travellers.

Revellers ‘enjoy life’ at Nyege Nyege Festival 2022 (Photo by Bash Mutumba)

Beyond tourism, Nyege Nyege has evolved into a symbol of unity and cultural exchange. It brings together individuals from diverse corners of the world to celebrate music, dance, and art, promoting a sense of togetherness.

Namutamba noted that the event serves as a platform where Busoga Kingdom’s rich heritage intersects with modern artistic expressions.

The festival’s impact isn’t limited to culture and community; it plays a vital role in local economic growth. The festival provides opportunities for local artists, craftsmen, food vendors, and even motorcycle taxi operators (“bodaboda” riders) to benefit from the influx of visitors.

Acknowledging this, Busoga King William Wilberforce Nadiope Gabula IV directed that a stage be dedicated to local artists, allowing them to showcase their talents and network with international peers.

Peter Okocha Kasolo, the Mayor of Jinja City, urged everyone to participate in this year’s event, recognizing Jinja’s standing as Uganda’s tourism hub.

On his part, Mr Aly Allibhai, the CEO of Talent Africa and one of the festival’s organizers, shed light on the decision to relocate the festival from Itanda Falls, where it was held last year, to a more accessible venue due to road network challenges.

Since its inception in 2015, Nyege Nyege has been instrumental in promoting both local and international music talents while inspiring emerging artists.

In 2022, the Nyege Nyege festival returned to the shores of the River Nile in Uganda after over two years of lockdown.

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This year’s lineup includes performers from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, and more. Special tickets will be provided to festival-goers, promising an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

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