Masaka Things to Do
A Scultpure Park and Arts Village in...
Are you a fun of art and community? while you are in or around Masaka you don't want to miss an opportunity to visit the first of its kind a growing community for the Arts in East Africa. This is in Ndegeya (Weaver Bird), a village located only about 6KM from Masaka town center in the direction of Katwe and the through Ssaza.
In Ndegeya you will acquaint yourself with a colouful village with different colour painted walls and a big sculpture in the center where literally all roads meet. Surprisingly all roads are named and labeled and in different corners of the streets you can see NO LITTER signs and if find yourself strolling up the hill to the top, you will meet Camp Ndegeya, the first public sculpture park in East Africa. This is where Ugandan and other regional artists meet every 3 months to break away from their routine city life and meet here to interact, retreat and recreated in a more open space. The regular Weaver Bird Arts camps bring together painters, writers, poets and comedians plus expatriates and diplomats to camp there for a weekend. There's a camp fire and decent bathrooms with running water.
Camp Ndegeya also has a studio space that hosts art workshops to visitors on top of other activities that one may want to get involved in at the Ndege Ya Akili Community Arts Center or The International Artists Residency Center and Children's Community Library (COCHICO Lib) that are located in the village.Related to:
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Camping in a Ugandan Sculpture Park
I think that there's still a very huge gap between art and Community in Uganda but after the establishment of a sculpture park in Weaver Bird (Ndegeya) , Masaka art lovers can now enjoy a weekend out in Masaka while they get acquainted with sculpture making. Camp Ndegeya Sculpture Park hosts Art camps every 3 months which attracts artists from the East African region and elsewhere, expatriates and regular campers who break away from city life to retreat, recreate and interact in such a breath taking environment.
Due to lack of what to do in Masaka, visiting Ndegeya will offer you an opportunity to witness how art is rapidly transforming this once impoverished village into a prosperous destination for the arts.
This community also recently launched it's first annual ART & COMMUNITY FESTIVAL dubbed The fiesART which brought together various art fans from across East Africa.
I think that Weaver Bird Community For the Arts is worth visiting.Related to:
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Grasshopper (Ssenene) catchers
The highlight of my couple of days in Masaka was seeing how ssenene were caught. I was well impressed.
Hopefully if you click here you should get to a video clip of people collecting some of the cloud of grasshoppers that are everywhere in this part of Uganda in the rainy season. They are attracted to the lights that are put up on many of the town centre buildings at night, the grasshoppers hit the upright sheets of tin sheeting and drop injured into the oil drums below.
If you listen carefully you can here the odd 'dink dink' as the poor unfortunate dudu hits the tin and slides into the bin.
Masaka Taxi Park
From the centre of town if you head downhill and in a southerly direction you will I’m sure end up in the taxi park, but it is pretty hard to see until you almost enter the park itself. The park is surrounded by low rise buildings that obscure the usual bustle of all the usual comings and goings. Luckily for me it was right next to where I was staying along with a gaggle of other hotels and guest houses.
From Kampala regular taxis leave the New Taxi Park. The journey shouldn’t take much longer than 2 ½ hours. Some onward taxis that continue to other places such as Kyanja will drop you in town.
From Masaka to Kampala taxis and larger 29 seater buses (Coasters) leave all day. The Coaster I took back to the capital cost me 7,000 UGX.