Images by: Salim Tumwine | Article by: Anna Hoffmann
St. Andrew’s Weekend 2016
Celebrating the Day of St. Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland, has unbeknownst to many been a long tradition in Uganda. This year the Caledonia Society of Uganda hosts the 110th celebration of St. Andrew’s Day with a Ball and a full weekend of Scottish dancing activities. For this occasion a Scottish band will be visiting Uganda and performing live music for the events of St. Andrews weekend. The celebrations start on Thursday, 24th November, with the traditional Chieftain’s Ceilidh, followed by a school dance event on Friday and crowned by the St. Andrew’s Ball on Saturday, 26th November.
The Chieftains Ceilidh (24.11.2016)
A Ceilidh was originally a social gathering in rural areas with music, dance and food for the community. Today we celebrate our Ceilidhs in much the same way in Uganda, hosted in private houses and filled with music and dancing. The Chieftain’s Ceilidh 2016 will be held at Plot 37, Chwa II Road, Mbuya, Kampala, hosted by the Society’s Chieftains, Jan Geert Heusinkveld and Don Douglas. It is a relaxed social get-together with live music and the opportunity to try out and enjoy Scottish country dancing, as well as eat drink and enjoy good company.
The St. Andrew’s Ball (26.11.2016)
The St. Andrew’s Ball is the crowning event of the St. Andrew celebrations and a strong tradition of the Caledonia Society in Uganda. It is celebrated this year on Saturday 26th November at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala. The formal occasion has a programme of dancing, dinner, drinks and traditional speeches as well as the Ceremony of the Haggis. Compared to the Ceilidh, the Ball is a more formal occasion with dress code and such that nevertheless is just as much about celebrating and having fun.
For those concerned with dancing, for our Ceilidhs and the Ball all dances are being ‘called’. This means they are explained and quickly practiced just before they start so anyone from expert to total beginner can join and enjoy!
Other activities of the Society include quarterly ceilidhs and weekly dance evenings, every Thursday at 7.30 pm at the Dancing Cup in Bugolobi. Charges for the weekly dancing are 5,000 UGX for members and 8,000 UGX for non-members including the dancing and snacks.
The Caledonia Society would like to take this opportunity to extend their gratitude to all the supports and sponsors of the St. Andrew’s Weekend activities. That is sponsorship of Protea Hotels Kampala, Bollore Africa Logistics, Roko Construction, SAB Miller, and Pixel Entertainment, as well as The Eye Magazine. We highly appreciate all their support in making these celebrations possible!