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During the third week of September, Kampala comes alive as a vibrant and eventful city when an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from renowned and upcoming artists are brought to Kampala. The 9th edition of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is scheduled from 16th to 18th September 2016 at the National Theatre in the city centre of Kampala.

The Bayimba International Festival has developed into a major multi-arts festival with varied and qualitative programming, presenting exciting, innovative and creative ideas. It is eagerly awaited by locals while artists and visitors from abroad pour into Kampala to take advantage of the exciting artistic experience. The festival has truly become a highlight on Uganda’s social and cultural calendar and is also gradually developing into an important (East) African destination festival, ensuring regional and international visitation and enhancing both national and international cultural tourism.

The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is undoubtedly Uganda’s number one festival – physically, by offering exciting artistic experiences to all audiences; artistically, by presenting Uganda’s finest artists and upcoming talents from across the country; demographically, by engaging as many Ugandans as possible, thus making the Bayimba International Festival their own; and organisationally, by being led by a team of committed, passionate and experienced Ugandans.


Festival entrance

To enable as many people to attend the festival, the festival entrance is set at only 20,000 UGX a day.

Festival venue

The festival venue is at the National Theatre that is centrally located in the city centre of Kampala. It can be easily reached, at a walking distance for some good number of the hotels or by local transport.

Festival programme

The festival programme is generally drawn up two months prior to the actual festival and is made available online and announced through the special Bayimba International Festival Facebook page.