SHARJAH: Masaka Kids Africana, a globally acclaimed Ugandan group of children aged two and above, is bringing its soulful tunes and dance moves to inspire audiences of all age groups at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF 2023).
The 14th edition of the annual festival will see a number of performances led by young Ugandan artists during the 12-day extravaganza, which will run from May 3-14 at the Expo Center Sharjah under the theme ‘Train Your Brain’.
The group has 3.45 million subscribers on YouTube, 7.8 million followers on Instagram and 5.5 million followers on TikTok.
This young artistic ensemble is one of over 900 offerings that define SCRF’s packed and varied programming agenda for this edition, which has been carefully curated by the organisers, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), to showcase the cultural diversity that exists in the world is designed. Enables visitors and families to learn more about different cultures, celebrates the talents of young people around the world and promotes the power of books and reading for all.
heart touching story
The multi-talented children of Masaka Kids Africana, who live by the motto ‘Dance, Rise and Shine’, have a heartwarming story to tell, which is a poignant example of how grit, determination With determination and creativity, crisis can be turned into opportunity.
Hailing from Masaka, a district in central Uganda, the guest members of Masaka Kids Africana are a group of over 30 dancers, many of whom have lost one or both parents to the ravages of war, famine or disease. Founded in 2014 by Kavuma Dauda, a visionary local teacher from Masaka, the non-profit uses dance and song as a medium of expression for these children, allowing them to connect with each other and the world, see their potential and Have hope for their future.
Masaka Kids has performed at several international forums including the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the World Bank in Washington DC and the African Union Headquarters in Ethiopia. She has also won several awards for her electric performance, including the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for 2021 Favorite African Social Star.
Meanwhile, the popular Cookery Corner at SCRF is all set to present a delectable global feast with 12 renowned chefs and food experts from nine countries across the globe.
At least 30 culinary events will showcase the skills and passion of leaders from Arab, Asian, African and European cuisines and will be staged through the festival.
meet the chef
New Zealand chef and author Ashiya Ismail, India’s Priyanka Naik, Uma Raghuraman, who is known as ‘MasterChef Mom’, USA’s Ana Ortins, Lebanese celebrity chef Fatina El Dahar, Moroccan chef, TV presenter and author of 5 cookbooks She is a writer. , Assia Othman, Antoine Cocagne, a Gabonese chef based in Paris, as well as Maitha and Abdulrahman, twin Emirati chefs renowned for being the youngest to receive a diploma from the International Center for Culinary Arts in Dubai, and SCRF 2023 visitors Will take you to the culinary arts. Travels to different countries.
Workshop for kids
A new and exciting addition to the SCRF Cookery Corner, ‘Cookery Workshop for Kids’, will bring together young culinary enthusiasts with participating chefs and experts, teaching them how to fix their own lunch boxes as well as prepare simple And will teach you how to cook healthy dishes. Kids can also take part in chocolate making lessons, make delicious ice creams and the famous Japanese cheesecakes.
SCRF 2023 will have 1,732 events led by over 457 guests from 66 countries. The program includes 136 performances ranging from theater shows, dance shows, mobile shows and symphonic vocal performances.