Jamba Mulimbwe from Angola was one of the first graduates on Prague College’s Fine Art programme. Now he is a successful entrepreneur, creating and managing dance events.
I originally came the Czech Republic in 2001. For a time I studied computing at another university. But what I really loved was art and interactive media, so shortly afterwards I switched to the new course that Prague College was offering in Fine Art Experimental Media. I was one of 11 students, and all of us felt like pioneers. I became one of the first graduates of this programme in 2011.
In short, the course was all about generating creative ideas, and building my passion for art. But most of all it was to do with bringing together performance and other art forms. Dancing is more than just movement - its an expression that crosses cultures and therefore we have to present it to the public as a diverse programme. That’s why our festivals include artistic installations, which allow people to think they are really in Africa, through multi-sensory and virtual environments. We even include cooking to promote the immersive feel of the event.
Sure. During my studies I was also dancing and acting and working as a stunt man at the FILMKA stunt agency at Barrandov. I danced for Tradition, a group of professional Afro-Latin dancers in the Czech Republic. When I finished my studies I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I took one year break and travelled iinternationally. My involvement in dancing workshops started the momentum for my new business.
Balumuka Events puts on international performance workshops and organizes two international dance festivals in the Czech Republic each year. The first is Summer Tropical Beats, whose second edition takes place at the popular riverside venue Obcanska Plovarna from Friday 22 July to Sunday 24 July. In November we have the sixth Kizomba Festival, held in venues all around Namesti Republiky, with fashion, films, music, parties and workshops. This year for the first time we’re excited to include an African fashion show with guest Stella Atal who is originally from Uganda but working in Paris.
Apart from stimulating my artistic ideas, the most important thing was the multicultural environment. This was one of the key reasons why I enjoyed Prague College compared to other schools. I was able to become a truly cultural thinker in a collaborative and cooperative atmosphere.
You can fins out more about Jamba’s festivals at www.balumuka.cz/en