Jam-packed schedule for DOADOA in Uganda

DOADOA, the East African Performing Arts Market, is steadily becoming a regional hub for every industry professional with artistic showcases, conferences, exhibitions, workshops and networking sessions. The event is held in the Ugandan town of Jinja, which is easily accessible by both tourists and locals. The fourth edition of the market in 2015 will be held on 6 to 9 May,

A workshop at DOADOA last year. Photo: Bwette Gilbert Daniel
A workshop at DOADOA last year. Photo: Bwette Gilbert Daniel

DOADOA was created as a partnership initiative between the major stakeholders in the region – Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Uganda, Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar, Sawa Sawa Festival in Kenya, KigaliUp in Rwanda, Caravan Records in Tanzania, Ketebul Music and Kenya Music Week in Kenya, and Selam Music and Jazzamba in Ethiopia.

DOADOA’s recently unveiled programming for 2015 will kick off with an exclusive opening ceremony in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and will include the following exciting workshops, conferences and artist showcases:


  • In-recording sessions with Santuri DJs and producers
  • Creative entrepreneurship for young artists
  • Performance poetry meets music


Opening night: Wednesday 6 May

  • Preliminary session: Coming to DOADOA, what do you expect/what you need know!

Day One: Thursday 7 May

  • Conference 1: Earning royalties in Uganda and Kenya
  • Conference 2: Let talk about East African Music on Radio, again!
  • Conference 3: Women in the Arts
  • Conference 4: Freedom of artistic expression

Day Two: Friday 8 May

  • In conversation: An interview with Eric Wainaina on Music and Theatre
  • Conference 5: We are looking for content!
  • Conference 6: Touring African Artists in Europe
  • Conference 7: Up Next! The Youth and New Music

Closing night: Saturday 9 May

  • Closing plenary: DOADOA 2016, we will meet again!


Showcased artists at this year’s festival will perform at CEPAC in Jinja, with the exception of the opening night showcase at the National Theatre in Kampala.

Opening night: Wednesday 6 May

  • Nandujja And The Planets (UG)

Day One: Thursday 7 May

  • 8pm: Octave Band (KE)
  • 9pm: Abeneko (TZ)
  • 10pm: Strong Voice Band (RW)
  • 11pm: Jemimah Sanyu (UG)

Day Two: Friday 8 May

Day Three: Saturday 9 May

  • 7pm: International Xylophone (UG)
  • 8pm: Sabar Zibula (UG)
  • 9pm: Ngarambe Francoise (RW)
  • 10pm: Kas Kasozi And The Blue Sugarcane (UG)
  • 11pm: Moutcho (BU)


While the deadline for submissions for artists has already passed, if you are interested in participating in DOADOA as a volunteer, kindly fill out an application form available from http://doadoa.org together with (1) a photo and detailed CV of work experience/skills, and (2) a motivation to participate as volunteer (max. 500 words) to info@doadoa.org.


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