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France – Uganda Friendship Week Returns With Second Edition

The Embassy of France in Uganda together with the Uganda Olympic Committee and this year, the Uganda Rugby Union, with the support of a number of other partners, is for the second consecutive year organizing the France – Uganda Friendship Week.

The second edition of the France – Uganda Friendship Week is scheduled to take place from Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th March 2018.

Speaking at a press conference held at the French Embassy in Kampala on Wednesday, French Ambassador to Uganda H.E Stéphanie Rivoal said that the week-long event is a entails a series of joyful, festive events to celebrate the long standing, warm friendship between France and Uganda.

“In the one week, we shall celebrate through music, sports and cultural activities, tourism and environment expos, food and fashion, defense and security, among others in more than eight different locations in and around Kampala,” Ambassador Rivoal said.

The week will climax on Saturday 24th March with a rugby match between the Uganda Rugby 7s and the French military rugby team at the Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.

At the press Conference, Ambassador Rivoal reaffirmed that the Uganda Sevens Rugby teams will be the main focus of this year’s France-Uganda friendship week.

“Last year, we had a football match. So this year, we decided to have rugby. The French military rugby team will play against the Uganda Sevens Rugby team,” she said.

The rugby match scheduled for Saturday 24th March, will be followed by a music concert at 2:00PM featuring prominent local and international artists Uganda’s Jose Chameleone, Navio, Irene Ntale and Fik Fameica among others as well as Francophone artists like Kongoloko from DRC and David Walters from France.

Talent Africa boss Aly Alibhai and singer Jose Chameleone at the Press Conference

The French ambassador noted that the France – Uganda Friendship Week is a non-profit event and all profits will go to charity.

“We shall auction fashion designs on the Fashion Day and the proceeds will go to the fashion school,” She said, adding that proceeds from the ticket sales for the main event will be handed over to the Uganda Olympic Committee, who will identify schools within and outside Kampala and support them.

The 2nd France-Uganda friendship week runs from 17th to 24th March 2018, as follows:

Date Event Venue
17.03.2018 Francophony Day French School, Lugogo bypass (free entrance)
18.03.2018 No Event
19.03.2018 Tourism & Environment Day French Residence, Nakasero (by invitation)
20.03.2018 Fashion Day French Residence, Nakasero (by invitation)
21.03.2018 Goût de France / French cuisine Day Le château, Nsambya (by invitation)
22.03.2018 Defence Day French Residence, Nakasero (by invitation)
23.03.2018 Sports Day 5 schools in Kampala (free entrance)
24.03.2018 Rugby match + music concert Kyadondo rugby grounds