8 September 2017


Uganda: Bayimba fest celebrates 10 years

A large contingent of arts and music fans are expected in Uganda’s capital Kampala from 22 to 24 September as Bayimba International Arts Festival celebrates 10 years.

   Kenyan artist Makadem will perform at this year's Bayimba International Arts Festival in Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Paulo da Costa

The festival is known for enhancing national and international cultural tourism through music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts.

“We definitely do have a lot to be proud of as we hit 10 years,” Bayimba Foundation media and marketing director Philip Masembe said.

“We have seen transformation of the artists, the art itself, lots of collaborations and exchanges that excite us amid other spin-offs that have come about. For instance, young artists have started creating new stuff and new festivals meaning that there is a market and need which wasn’t there before Bayimba."

Since 2008, Bayimba has developed into a major multi-arts event for artists to present exciting, innovative and creative ideas. Bayimba Foundation, which is responsible for organising the festival, focuses on uplifting the arts and culture industry in Uganda through cultural exchange and creativity by hosting arts festivals, training and workshops for aspiring artists, and facilitating creative development.

Entrance to the event is 10 000 Ugandan shillings (about $3) per day. “This money will go towards supporting the inclusion of Uganda's finest home-grown artists and productions to the festival’s 11th edition,” Masembe said. “We have also partnered with Picnic Entity to give our fans in Kenya an affordable package that includes affordable accommodation and a tour bus, so that they can make it to the festival”.

As in previous editions, the event will be held at the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) where daily performances will be held at five venues: Main Stage, Stage Two, Dancefloor, Upper Garden and Auditorium.

This year the festival will feature a mixture of local international artists including Bobi Wine, Jagwa Music, Mariam Ndagire & The Trends Band, Cyndi Sanyu, Maurice Kirya, Makadem and Betty G, among others.

The three-day event will also screen films and documentaries about music and feature art installations, poetry sessions, photo exhibitions, fashion shows and dances.

For further information visit the Bayimba Festival Website

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Which events to attend in 2017?

Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film festivals help to increase the mileage and patronage of our local movies in the global village and they allow movie aficionados to converge and have one to one interactions, which give room for synergy, co-productions and collaborations.’’(1)

The Cannes festival and others such as Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance International Film Festival (USA), FESPACO in Burkina Faso and the Nigerian based African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) provide African film producers ample opportunity to showcase their finest cinematic output and potentials.

The two Discop Africa 2017 (in Johanesburg and Abidjan) and MIPTV/MIPcom 2017 are the main markets for TV programme sales.

The Loeries and Cristal 2017 are dedicated to advertising mainly.

Note: This list is not exhaustive, and there is almost one african film festival per year in key countries around the World: in large African countries, the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, etc.

16-19 October 2017
Mipcom 2017
The world's entertainment content market.
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.

Discop Joburg 2017

25-27 October 2017

DISCOP AFRICA Johannesburg 2017
SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE - 161 Maude St, Sandton 2196. Johannesburg, South Africa.
TV Programs Market: The largest market in Francophone Africa, and creative forum for television programs, TV channels, broadcast technologies and other audiovisual subjects - Around 2000 delegates expected, conferences, debates, round tables, floor trade stands and much more ... not to be missed !

31 Oct - 1 November 2017
TV Connect MENA 2017
Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.
TV Connect Africa, an essential event for the digital economy in Africa. Approximately 8,000 participants. Ideal for promoting innovation, sell solutions and seal partnerships with telcos content. Date and location tbc.

7-9 Nov. 2017
AfricaCom 2017
Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.

AfricaCom, the essential event dedicated to the digital economy in Africa. Approximately 13,000 attendees, 450 exhibitors & 400 visionary speakers from across the entire digital ecosystem expected in 2017. Ideal for promoting innovation, sell solutions and seal partnerships with telcos and content solution providers. November 2017 (date TBA)

Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is reopening in Lagos, Nigeria, for its 7th edition, in November 2017. This major film event, which promotes and celebrates each year the talents of the African continent and the African diaspora, is expanding its range of films in competition on the occasion of its 7th edition. AFRIFF will present a programme featuring more films from French-speaking Africa as well as French films. The festival wishes for its 7th edition to honor France and La Francophonie, in a long-term vision of artistic collaborations and partnerships. The Festival hosts in official competition several categories: short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films, short films of film students. Entries will be accepted until July 30th 2017. 10 to 20,000 delegates expected.