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.

2014 Welcome by Festival Co-directors

It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to this very first Kampala International Theatre Festival!

This is a very special moment for us: not only are we kick-starting a new festival specifically dedicated to the arts discipline of theatre; we’re also celebrating a good decade of presence of Sundance Institute in East Africa.

During the past 13 years, Sundance Institute, through its Theatre Program, has invested in exposure and exchange activities with artists from East Africa. With our traditions of storytelling, rituals and folklore, this festival promises a space where theatre artist can share with audiences contemporary and new forms of theatre, among others.

By offering a dedicated platform to upcoming talents in the theatre industry to showcase their work, we hope that the Kampala International Theatre Festival will contribute to the further development of theatre, in all its forms, in the region. With this special theatre festival, we reckon that Kampala will become an important hub of theatre creativity and creation.

Over the course of the 5 days of the first festival edition, you can discover eight original productions by some of the best upcoming and established playwrights from East Africa, enjoy a guest performance from South Africa and join for some interesting and important discussions.

We’re excited about this very first edition and we’re thrilled to work with the many amazing playwrights and performers. We invite you, theatre lovers and curious audience member that are in for a surprise to join us in our excitement!

We thank our supporters, artists, staff and volunteers for their unwavering dedication to make this first edition happen. We’re grateful to Sundance Institute for being a lead partner in this venture, to Alliance Francaise Kampala, USA for Africa, the Norwegian Embassy in Uganda and DOEN Foundation for their additional contributions, to the Uganda National Cultural Centre for hosting this festival, and to Proggie.Ug, Guide2Uganda and The Pearl Magazine for their publicity efforts.

Let the journey begin!

Deborah Asiimwe

Deborah Asiimwe – Sundance Institute East Africa

Faisal Kiwewa
Bayimba Cultural Foundation

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