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.

The Audience Must Say Amen (Uganda)

Written and directed by Peter Kagayi, performed by Peter Kagayi and Friends

This poetry production brings to stage the story of Uganda as experienced through the poetry of Peter Kagayi. Based on his book ‘The Headline That Morning and other Poems’ (Sooo Many Stories, 2016), Kagayi personifies himself into stage-characters of his poems to bring out the deficient cause of Uganda’s identity crisis caught up in the promise of political dystopia. Uganda is now trapped in democracy she cannot get out of and the poet engages the audience in a word-play of truth-or-fact poetry to highlight the indolence of society blind to what is happening to it. The poet also uses ‘the refrain’ in his poetry to engage the audience to respond to his poetry, thus always morphing the audience into a metaphor for society. While speaking boldly the poet also asserts the audience’s (society’s) original role in protecting its artists whenever the state turns against them, as past history has shown.

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