The Ugandan capital of Kampala, was a spectacle of music, dance, theatre, fashion, film and arts as the sixth edition of the Bayimba International Festival took place between 20 and 22 September.
This year’s festival featured three hundred artists and 60 performances, lasting in total over 36 hours. The cultural fair is described as Uganda’s premier festival, as it not only draws in huge audiences from across the country, but is seen as a platform for many burgeoning artists.
This is the fourth year that Hivos has supported the Bayimba International Festival and has worked in supporting the festival organisers conduct scouting missions and training workshops outside the capital Uganda.
“The festival provides an ideal platform for cultural expression, public debate and cultural exchange while offering artists an opportunity to present and distribute their creative products. This year’s festival is special because we have managed to host a good number of Ugandan artists from different parts of the country,” says Artistic Director Faisal Kiwewa.
The festival’s theme revolved around the new Bayimba corporate identity, which incorporates element s of preserving tradition, while striving for innovation and modernity.
“Cultural festivals like Bayimba will continue to be supported as avenues of celebrating cultural expression. It strengthens Uganda’s creative economy, has a growing number of followers and offers a platform for public debate. Furthermore, Bayimba stands out because it offers authentic Ugandan content to a culturally hungry audience,” says Gregg Mwendwa, Expression and Engagement Programme Officer at Hivos in East Africa.
Hivos supports festivals and cultural spaces in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Netherlands to strengthen the cultural landscape, facilitate exchanges between artists and reach wider audiences.