The 5th edition of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts will take place from 21st – 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.
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.
To celebrate 5 Years of Artistic Inspiration and add our artistic spice to 50 Years of Independence, the Bayimba International Festival will again bring to life truly artistic experiences packed with creativity, passion and energy. Our programme will underline the growing contribution of the Bayimba International Festival to the arts in Uganda and the creative spirit of Ugandan society.
During the 3 days of the Festival, over 40 productions will be showcased, reflecting a diverse mix of disciplines and styles, highlighting established acts next to upcoming talent. A new generation of great young Ugandan and international talents, many of them premiering at this year’s Festival, will be introduced. And we are delighted that some of our artistic giants in music and theatre will join the Festival stages and the celebrations.
However, it is not only the Festival that will deliver excitement. We are also wowed about the cooperation with a number of venues that will open their doors and host various Bayimba side gigs, presenting unprecedented opportunities to yet unknown acts and interest Festival audiences.