Bayimba International Festival of Music and Arts is held every year in kampala, Uganda's capital and is organized by the Bayimba Cultural Foundation since 2007. This exciting three-day festival takes place annually during the month of September and provides a platform for known and upcoming artists from Uganda, the African continent and beyond to showcase their artistic talent to an ever increasing and varied public.
The mission of Bayimba Cultural Foundation is to uplift music and arts in Uganda and East Africa by promoting original cultural exchange and creativity, contributing to making Uganda and East Africa a significant hub for music and arts in Africa. To achieve its objectives, Bayimba Cultural Foundation organises a number of activities on an annual basis. The Bayimba International Festival of Music and Arts – of which the first edition was organised in June 2008 – is the most visible activity of the Foundation. The Foundation firmly believes that the planned activities offer an attractive and irresistible programme of music and arts to a wide and diverse audience. The Festival and the other activities of Bayimba Cultural Foundation are set to add value and to expose the music and arts of Uganda locally, regionally and internationally.
The Festival will also build public awareness for domestic tourism, social responsibility and understanding the role of creativity within society.
To successfully achieve its objectives, Bayimba Cultural Foundation has established partnerships with numerous actors in and outside Uganda (e.g. Oxfam GB, HIVOS, Club Rouge, Sarakasi Trust/Kenya, Sauti za Busara/Zanzibar, Timitar/Morocco, Mundial Productions/Netherlands, Kampala City Council, Minister of Tourism, the Department of Culture, Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Civil Aviation Authority Uganda, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation). Our partners are not only willing to help in networking and mobilising the public, but play a major role in creating the Bayimba International Festival of Music and Arts as a brand that is genuinely aiming at developing music and arts in Uganda and the region.