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New Vision
Uganda: The NUVO Art Festival Begins
<p>George Wabweyo</p>
July 3, 2013

The first annual NuVo art festival opened its doors on Monday to Ugandan art lovers at the Aka gallery on Hannington road.

Themed 'HIV/AIDS No Statistics Allowed', the festival kicked off with an exhibition that had some thought provoking pieces by several new and established artists that sought to arouse a fighting spirit against HIV/AIDS.

While some pieces were directly cautionary, others were unforgivingly profane in delivering their anti-scourge message. There was also a hard to decipher installation and poignant photo exhibitions that equally spoke volumes about the HIV/AIDS endemic.

Those in attendance were also spoilt with the sounds of new band, Fusion Illusion, which has a knack for unique renditions of popular songs. They were especially powered by their lead vocalist, Mercy who hit the high notes. Guests mingled, relished wine and danced to the band's tunes.

That was just a well-received day-one of the festival which is a seven day affair that flirts with several disciplines in the arts including poetry, music, drama, visual arts and fashion. NuVo is actually short for 'New Voices' and is a great platform for new players in the steadily burgeoning and thriving Ugandan Art scene.

The non-profit foundation hopes to enroll and engage new voices through art to advocate for social justice, change and dialogue whilst promoting local talent.

Tuesday saw the festival head to the National theatre for a student's and stakeholder's showing of In the Continuum, an HIV/AIDS drama written by playwrights Danai Gurira and Nikola Salter. Thereafter there was a talk-session that featured Dr Alex Coutinho, an HIV/AIDS specialist.

On Wednesday, the festival hits the catwalk with "Fashion Night Speaks Out" at the Nakasero based Camel club. On Thursday, there will be a poetry session at the National theatre preceding the festival's drama being open for the general public for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the theatre's main auditorium.

Most of the sessions start at 7:00pm except the closing show on Sunday which will commence at 4:00pm