Bayimba International Arts festival is definitely the biggest arts gathering in Uganda, giving platforms to different genres of arts and capturing imaginations for an entire weekend.
Since its inception in 2008, the festival has developed into a major multi-arts festival with varied and quality programming and creative ideas. The festival is eagerly anticipated by locals, while artistes and visitors from all over the world pour into Kampala to take aantage of this unique art experience.
This Fiday, Bayimba is back for the seventh edition and organisers are promising a bigger and better show, with a mixed lineup of artistes including Sifa Kelele, Sarabi band, Foursum Comedians, as well as more renowned acts such as Angela Kalule, Haruna Mubiru and Madox Sematimba, among others. Talking to The Observer, Faisal Kiwewa, the director of the festival, notes that each year the festival looks at giving a platform to different acts that have not performed on their stage before and it will be the case even this year.
“It is about giving people a chance to be on that stage, to use that platform,” he said.
Over the years, Bayimba Arts festival has been highly sought after as a world music-leaning festival in fact, many mainstream acts have always thought they cannot be selected to perform there since they don’t play a harp or the kora. However, Kiwewa notes that they welcome all genres of arts from music, film, visual arts and dance, among others.
Since 2010, Bayimba has been preceded by a number of one-day regional festivals that reach out to people and artistes in other parts of the country. These upcountry festivals give local talent a chance to shine alongside other Ugandan artistes on the same stage. A lot of talent from these regional shows also showcases at the international three-day festival at the National theatre.
The festival, like the past years, will not rhyme on any particular theme, according to Kiwewa. Themes limit one’s creativity, he says, since they lock them on a certain topic.
“We want people to come with their good art regardless of what it is about,” he said.
In the past years, the Bayimba stage has been graced by amazing acts such as Suzan Kerunen, Joel Sebunjo, Jamal, Bebe Cool and Anto Neosoul, among others.
Felix Bwanika, of the Foursum comedy outfit, whose group will perform in the auditorium on Sunday, can’t get over the excitement.
“We’ve been holding shows at the theatre but this is a chance to show a bigger crowd what we are made of,” he said.
The festival kicks off this Friday and entrance is Shs 2,000.
Source : The Observer