Bayimba Newsletter

Newsletter August 2020

WHAT’S UP BAYIMBA FAMILY!

Dear Bayimba Family,

Covid-19 has had a sudden and substantial impact on the arts and culture around the world. The global health crisis and the uncertainty resulting from it has profoundly affected organizations’ operations (including BAYIMBA) as well as individuals – both employed and independent – across the industry.

Amid this crisis, we’ve stood alongside our peers, attempting to uphold their hopes and offer relief to a few, maintained the safety in reaction to the unexpected change in the way we do business with an unknown end. We are very hopeful though that after all is done – we will resume more prepared to never be caught in this situation we have experienced.


Festivals Postponed

#BAYIMBA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2020

SEED SHOW Fashion Models at Bayimba International Festival 2019 (Photo by Kas Wear)

SEED SHOW Fashion models at Bayimba International Festival 2019 (Photo by Kas Wear)

The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is a four-day Festival that is held at Bayimba Foundation’s new home known as Lunkulu Island which is located off the shores of Lake Victoria in Mukono and Buikwe district. Like every August, the Festival hosts its ever growing audience offering them an unforgettable experience in Music, Dance, Poetry, Comedy, Film, Fashion, exhibitions, games and camping in nature.

Due to COVID 19, we will not be able to host the 13th Edition of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts this year. The Festival has been postponed in order to comply with the Ugandan government laws of social distancing because nothing is more important to us than your safety.

#KAMPALA INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2020

Africa Kills Her Son by Mwisho (Tanzania) at KITF 2014

Africa Kills Her Son by Mwisho (Tanzania) at KITF 2014 (Copyright BAYIMBA)

The Kampala International Theater Festival is a 4-day festival organized each year in partnership between BAYIMBA Foundation and Tebere Arts Foundation as a platform that offers development of professionalism among theater practitioners and broadens access to Theatre by supporting and facilitating the presentation of Theatre productions.

This is achieved through the various workshops, jam sessions, productions and networking sessions that are programmed during the Festival.

The 7th edition is supposed to happen in November 2020 but due to Covid19 and how fast it spreads, we have decided to postpone it until further notice.

Rest assured, we will continue to share more information in the coming months about how you can engage with us during 2020, as we look to an in-person gathering for our festival in 2021.


What we’ve been up to!

#Lunkulu_Is_Calling

Asiya Cast Crew on a script retreat arriving at Lunkulu Island 2020

Asiya Cast Crew on a script retreat arriving at Lunkulu Island 2020 (Photo by Gabrielle Buule)

We are proud to announce that Lunkulu Island is now open for artist residencies, working group retreats and weekends. Given the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the artist sector, we are allowing artists to come and stay for free as long as they can take care of their welfare and only charging a modest fee for working and weekends groups. See the information below:

 BAYIMBA Staff on a retreat at Lunkulu Island 2020

BAYIMBA Staff on a retreat at Lunkulu Island 2020 (Photo by Herman Kabubi)

WEEKEND PROGRAMME:

This one favors visitors who want to spend a weekend (Friday to Sunday) at Lunkulu for activities like bird watching, camping in Nature while watching the Milkyway,, games, tree planting, nature walks, boat rides and sun-downer. Arrival time: Friday 2pm (EAT), departure Sunday 12pm (EAT).

  • 1 person – UGX 300,000
  • Group of 5 – UGX 200,000
  • Group of 10 – UGX 120,000
  • Group of 20 – UGX 90,000
  • Group of 50 – UGX 60,000

Inclusive of tent, sleeping bag and mattress, breakfast, lunch, supper and boat ride from Kibanga port to Lunkulu Island.

Asiya Cast Crew on a script retreat at Lunkulu Island 2020

Asiya Cast Crew on a script retreat at Lunkulu Island 2020 (Photo by Gabrielle Buule)

WEEKDAY PROGRAMME:

This favors visitors who want to work from Lunkulu Island (Monday to Thursday). You/ They will be provided with an office, natural working environment, 4G internet with other activities like bird watching, games, tree planting, nature walks, boat ride and sun-downer. Arrival time: Monday 12pm, departure Thursday 12pm.

  • 1 person – UGX 350,000
  • Group of 5 – UGX 260,000
  • Group of 10 – UGX 220,000
  • Group of 20 – UGX 190,000
  • Group of 50 – UGX 150,000

Inclusive of 4G internet, a tent, sleeping bag and mattress, breakfast, lunch and supper and a boat ride from Kibanga port to Lunkulu Island.

#GLOBAL TORONTO

Global Toronto

In partnership with Small World Music and DOADOA l East African Performing Arts Market, we presented a digital regional networking space for Africa to figure out ways of dealing with the pandemic and being able to run our activities within the arts and culture industry. The Global Toronto (GT20) begun on July 27th, with the regional networking space for Africa happening on July 28th between 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (EAT) that brought together 26 contributors and music professionals from 20 African countries discussing the post-pandemic African Music Industry with a focus on the use, value, opportunities and challenges of cyberspace: Plans to go online; the adaptability of events in the local context; the future of live music; and new ways of running festivals, markets, agencies, labels, venues, education, distribution and publication in post-pandemic times.

Due to the COVID-19 limitations, GT20 went virtual from July 27th – 31st under the theme “Acknowledging Opportunities, Envisioning the Future” with the fundamental principles of Sustainability, Equity, and Accessibility.


Coming up!

#AFRIQUE CREATIVE BOOTCAMP

Afrique Creativ entrepreneurs attending the first bootcamp in Ouagagougou, Burkina Faso 2019

Afrique Creativ entrepreneurs attending the first bootcamp in Ouagagougou, Burkina Faso 2019

In October 2020, Afrique Créative’s second Bootcamp will be organized in Kampala. Afrique Creative is an incubation program that aims to promote the structuring of the cultural and creative ecosystem by boosting creative companies’ development. The program has been implemented since September 2019 by Bayimba Foundation in association with Africalia, Investisseurs et Partenaires, and Zhu Culture.

This second Bootcamp is an opportunity to bring together the 9 entrepreneurs taking part in the program in order to work on their businesses’ acceleration. Topics such as investment readiness, leadership, team management, or social performance will be addressed through interactive workshops, which allow participants from Burkina Faso, Morocco, Senegal and Uganda to share their experiences. For more information visit https://afriquecreative.fr

Thank you!

Bayimba Team

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