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 the physical edition until further notice. We hope that an in-person gathering for our festival can be held again in 2021.


Performed by Freddy Sabimbona (Burundi)

DÉCHIREMENT is the story of a troubled man, a man torn in two pieces as the image of a strife-torn nation over half a century already.

A man alone on stage for an hour will revisit the country’s history: the arrival of the first white fathers, Christianity, the royal monarchy, ethnic division … etcetera. … etcetera.

As he speaks, we realize that the past and present become a mixture, as beyond history there is this latent anxiety of a father who asks himself about “the legacy he’ll leave to his son.”

“Déchirement” is an autobiographical story through which everyone can reflect himself. A common story made ​​of death, blood, tears, but mostly … misunderstanding.

Story filigree one “black”year, 1972, a year when the Hutu intelligentsia was decimated. Through fear, fear of the other that is not other than self …

In a country that is still recovering painfully twelve years of civil war, “Déchirement” calls that part of humanity buried within us and that is often ignored, so it bends under the rubble of our own experience. It shows us that a man can have more vile in him, more treacherous with just a single statement at the end, marked in blood letter: “Never again. ”

A rotating loop.

Director/Performer: Freddy Sabimbona
Stage Manager: Diana Santiago

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