By Florence K. Kyohangirwe
2020 by far has been a big ass mess!
Not only for East Africa but the whole world.
Everyone underestimating how bad the COVID-19 could get transitioned rapidly to governments implementing complete lock-down and borders closing off. These lock-downs have made some people’s lives switch 180 degrees almost instantly. It is something out of a bad film; but now, reality is shifting.
As some people will survive just fine through this period, pivoting to working from home and stacking up paper with a lack of social expenses, most people in the arts have severe reasons to worry.
Performers have had to get their shows cancelled, photographers have closed studios or cancelled planned photo shoots, concert/event organizers had to put their shows on hold, art exhibitions cancelled, filmmakers had to push dates with uncertainty of what the future really holds, members of the fashion industry cut off.
Creatives have resorted to putting their work and instruments down until all is better, but who knows when that will be?
We at The EA Scene continue sending encouragement to artists in the region. We have decided that starting this month, we shall be highlighting the work of different artists everyday and sharing information on how you can support their work from home during the lock-down and even after. The main purpose being to make you our EA Scene family aware of the phenomenal people, the rich talent of the region and the the outstanding work and causes out there.
Artist will also be able to use our platforms like Instagram and Facebook stories to share their work at no cost.
How you can help;
Evidently, we can only pull this off with some help from you. We would like our readers to send us leads, or information of people whose work we should check out and highlight.
If you are a creative out there, reach us on our social media and via email and share with us about your exciting work,our DMs are open. https://twitter.com/@eascene
Most important: how you can support creatives
Buy something; if you can afford it in this time, by all means buy something. On top of buying something; accept you can wait on it being delivered. If it looks, sounds or vibes with you now, it will when things have lifted as well and life returns to normal.
Support artists work online too, give their channels views, give their music streams.
Purchase now, vibe later.
Additionally- please share this widely; we want as many within the creative sector of East Africa to be seen and their talents spotlighted as possible.