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Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2015

We have released our Annual Report 2015, basic text version only; the full report can be downloaded in PDF format here:

Bayimba Annual Report 2015 – text version

or read it here

This annual report marks the end of our current Strategic Plan. While we look back at the achievements during the past five years we also look forward with excitement to the next 10 years.

If there is one thing that I really like to do at the end of the year, is going through the various project and programme reports that my colleagues write after each and every activity that form this annual report. Sometimes am overwhelmed with what we manage to achieve in twelve months, and the stories of the beneficiaries that come a long are more humbling and re-energising.

The most outstanding story/event/activity … and why?

In 2015, our programmes directly reached out to 9550 audiences and 2404 professionals. These statistics only come from our events ticket sales as well as those professionals engaged in the programming of the events. This shows the foundation has widened its revenue resources as well as reaching out to more professionals for networking and skills development. This is the kind of growth we would like to further expand.

As we get into the 9th season of Bayimba, we stand strong amidst the financial challenges that have already come with 2016, with a belief that the arts in Uganda and around East Africa are significantly becoming more vibrant. It has not been an easy process but the prospects of our work, much of it only seen at major events like festivals, conferences, seminars and trainings. There has been a huge investment of resources and time in lobbying for a collaborative approach to programming that is gradually bringing about the balanced growth of all sectors in the arts across the region.

We are very proud of this development and look forward to more regional growth in the coming years.


I – Increased awareness about the role and value of arts and culture

  1. Debates and discussions
  2. Local network building
  3. Training sector stakeholders
    • Arts Journalism
    • Event Photography

II – Increased access to artistic and cultural activities

  1. Bayimba Regional Festivals
    • Gulu
    • Fort Portal
    • Mbale
  2. Bayimba International Festival
  3. Kampala International Theatre Festival

III – Artistic and creative development supported

  1. Trainings for artists
    • Practical Musician training programme
    • Hip Hop training programme
    • Creative Writers workshop
    • Santuri Safari workshops
    • Graphic Design workshop
  2. Networking and learning platforms
    • DOADOA | East African Performing Arts Market
  3. Artist support, exchanges and collaborations
  4. Permanent and sustainable art structures

IV – Strengthened structures, systems and processes of Bayimba for accountable, effective and dynamic operations

  1. Organisational development
  2. Capacity building
  3. Network building

V – Programme Management

  1. Staffing
  2. Capital investment
  3. Running costs

VI – Conclusion and Way Forward

ANNEX – Income Statement 2015


This Annual Report provides an overview of the varied programmes and activities that were implemented and organised in the course of 2015.

… Bayimba continues to create impact as a result of its continued successful mix of organizing signature events, an extensive education programme and awareness raising activities. In terms of visibility the highlights of the year were: three Bayimba Regional Festivals that culminated in the 8th edition of the Bayimba International Festival, the 4th edition of DOADOA | East African Performing Arts Market, the 2nd edition of the Kampala International Theatre Festival, the 5th edition of the Practical Musician and the 3rd edition of the Hip Hop Boot Camp.

Download the Bayimba Annual Report 2015 – text version