Bayimba International Festival of the Arts – 21st – 23rd September
The 5th edition of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is scheduled from 21st till 23rd of September 2012 at the Uganda National Theatre in the city centre of Kampala.
Bayimba Cultural Foundation takes credit for having established the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts as an important benchmark for the consumption of Uganda’s finest arts. Every third week of September, Kampala comes alive as a vibrant and eventful city when an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from renowned and upcoming artists is brought to Kampala. The Festival has developed into a major multi-arts festival with varied and qualitative programming, presenting exciting, innovative and creative ideas. It is eagerly awaited by local artists and local people alike while artists from abroad and visitors from far afield pour into Kampala to take advantage of the exciting artistic experience – see report 2011 (http://www.bayimba.org/bcf/annual-report-2011/). The Festival has truly become a highlight on Uganda’s social and cultural calendar and is also gradually developing into an important (East) African destination Festival, ensuring regional and international visitation and enhancing both national and international cultural tourism.
The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is undoubtedly Uganda’s number one Festival – physically, by offering exciting artistic experiences to as many Ugandans as possible; artistically, by presenting Uganda’s finest artists and upcoming talents from across the country (discovered through its various activities, including one-day Festivals throughout Uganda); demographically, by engaging as many Ugandans as possible, thus making the Bayimba Festival their own; and organisationally, by being led by a team of committed and experienced Ugandans.
Past editions registered a significant increase in the participation of artists from Uganda, East Africa and beyond while the Festival audience grew from a mere 100 people in 2008 to 55,000 people in 2011. In its 5th year of celebration, the Festival is aiming at again the additional value of artistic performances and productions of participating artists from Uganda, East Africa and beyond as well as an increase in the number of our audiences.
The enormous success of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts would not have been possible without the support from a wide range of organisations and individuals that have sustained and lead to the growth of the Festival. The Festival continues to look out to widen and diversify its financial and in kind support base.
Always looking out for new artistic interventions, new ideas, new engagements and new partnerships, the Festival has grown to inspire so many stakeholders within the East African region.