We have released our Annual Report 2011; the full report can be downloaded in PDF format here:
Message from the Director
Dear Friends of Bayimba,
With every season passing, our multi-arts programming has become more engaging and exciting, full of experimental activity and surprising new cutting edge productions and performances. This represents the uniqueness of the Bayimba brand.
I am delighted to be able to report that also in 2011 we were able to live up to the expectations. Bayimba introduced new art forms, such as street theatre and experimental musical theatre, which were enthusiastically welcomed by our audiences. We expanded our horizons by reaching out to two new regions in Uganda and specifically targeting the younger generation, which brought a whole new palette of creativity and artistic exchanges. Bayimba also pioneered with training arts managers and arts journalists since they are indispensible if we are to raise the profile of arts and culture in Uganda. Bayimba also joined new networks and contributed to strengthening existing ones, at national, regional and international level. After all, over 200,000 people joined the 4th Bayimba season, as part of our growing audience, as artists performing or showcasing or as trainees attending parts of our educational programme.
Once again, I would like to thank all those that made our 4th season a success: the Bayimba team that collectively owns the Bayimba brand; the artists that grace our programmes and make our activities phenomenal; our service providers that offer us endless support and favours; and the Uganda National Cultural Centre that has become our host and home.
Needless to say that the Bayimba team was energized by the successful implementation of all new and familiar programmes and activities, but it goes without saying that our ambitious programming also called for adequate and increasing financial and human capacity. I am happy to state that we managed to increase and diversify our financial support base and renewed contracts with our long-term partners.
We also received some notable support from the private sector and we are confident that more will be joining us for the 5th season. I am also grateful that we could welcome new enthusiastic staff members and hosted energetic interns that assisted us in executing our ambitious plans. Last but not least, we took further important steps in strengthening our organisational capacity, most notably through the appointment of new Board members who have come in with lots of energy and enthusiasm to strengthen governance and sustainability.
At Bayimba, we truly believe that 2011 has been a fantastic year for the arts and culture in Uganda. It has set a pace for artists and creative entrepreneurs to become more testing and daring. We hope to achieve more in the years to come, together with your support. We are once more determined to aim for the best!