After 10 years in the city centre of Kampala, Bayimba International Festival will move from its traditional location at the National Theatre in Kampala to a spacious new home in the midst of a leafy environment at the shores of Lake Victoria which is yet to be revealed.
“We have been thinking about the long-term viability of the festival so that we can continue to go on for another 10 years. We have been exploring different approaches to sustain our annual festival and are extremely excited to have been able to acquire an amazing location,” says festival director Faisal Kiwewa.
The immediate advantage of the new location includes on-site parking, which will eliminate this logistical challenge faced thus far, as well as room for on-site accommodation. Artistic programming will also benefit from the new space, with plenty of room to spread out and an inspirational environment that lends itself for some innovative design and layout, a great opportunity to refresh and revitalise what the festival has been offering its fans.
Because of the move to the new location, the dates of the festival will shift as well. Whereas the festival was traditionally held during the third weekend of September, it will now be held during the first week of August, to work in sync with climatological realities and to attract an increasingly varied audience.
“Although it will be a challenge to get the new spot ready for the 11th edition of the festival – with a couple of month to bring our plans to life – we are excited to embark on this adventurous journey, together with a growing list of equally exciting partners. And we invite old and new friends and fans to join us in this adventure,” says the festival director Faisel Kiwewa