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Nyege Nyege Festival postpones 2020 edition until December

But the inaugural two-day East African Music Conference will go ahead online this weekend 

Uganda's Nyege Nyege Festival has postponed its 2020 edition until December. 

The Nyege Nyege Hybrid Festival of The Arts 2020 had been scheduled for this coming weekend as a digital event and COVID-19 regulation-compliant physical party. This will now run from 3rd - 6th December. 

“As Covid cases in Uganda continue to grow and global uncertainty is peaking, we urge you to adopt all safety measures required and to remain kind and loving towards one another," an official statement from organisers reads. 

"Due to circumstances beyond our control and the desire to land you all safely to this year’s festival, we have opted to move the official dates of this historic event to December 3rd to 6th 2020, in an ultimate attempt to make 2020 great in the end. Our heartfelt apologies for raising the temperature only to announce we’ve not yet reached the boiling point. But we’re getting there.”

The inaugural two-day East African Music Conference, run by Nyege Nyege Festival and the MIDEM music market, will still go ahead online this Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September. Performances from talent like MC Yallah, and in-depth conversations with names such as Camille Storm and DJ Mag Fresh Kicks mix series contributor, Kampire, feature on the programme. Head to the MIDEM website for registration. 

For more on Africa's rapidly expanding festival scene read our 2019 feature on how Ghana is embracing club-driven electronic music