Bayimba Cultural Foundation and Sundance Institute Theatre Program found common ground and joined forces in the course of 2013 to contribute to a vibrant and visible theatre industry in the East African region. They resolved to create a platform to develop professionalism among East African theatre practitioners, connect the East African theatre-making community, and broaden access to theatre and develop new audiences by supporting and facilitating the creation and presentation of the best and relevant theatre productions. In that spirit, the Kampala International Theatre Festival was launched in November 2014.
The launch of the historic first edition came after a period of close to 13 years of investment by Sundance Institute in risk-taking artists from six East African countries (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) with the aim to contribute to a meaningful and engaging dialogue between artists and their audiences. The first edition of the festival featured productions and readings by many of the East African artists and projects that received support from Sundance Institute over the years.
Subsequent festival editions followed the successful inaugural festival edition and grown into an important annual event for the theatre-making community that aims to become one of the most exciting theatre festivals in Africa. The annual festival is co-curated by former Sundance Institute Theatre Program staff member, Asiimwe Deborah KAWE and Faisal KIWEWA, Artistic Director at Bayimba Cultural Foundation.