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.

2019 Programme



This edition of the festival is led by the Tebere Arts Foundation, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director, Asiimwe Deborah Kawe. Alongside her is Karishma Bhagani, Associate Artistic Director of Tebere Arts Foundation, Associate Producer Aganza Kisaka, and Faisal Kiwewa of Bayimba Cultural Foundation.

KITF was born out of an exciting relationship with the Sundance Institute East Africa and its support of playwrights and other theatre makers from Eastern Africa through annual ‘lab’ residencies in East Africa and elsewhere. Over the years, KITF has become a space that encourages performances and post-performance dialogue that are about forging and holding connections, challenging taboos, and celebrating differences. The 2019 edition of the festival explores new genres from musical theatre to puppetry, to discuss complex themes of war, displacement and self-identity.

The 6th Edition of Kampala International Festival is supported by principal partners; Tebere Arts Foundation, Sundance Institute, Bayimba Cultural Foundation, DOEN Foundation, The British Council, The European Union and Africalia. Other sponsors and supporters include: USArtists for Africa, Ndere Cultural Center, The Bistro, Absa Bank and Kardamom and Koffee.

For more information, contact Kenneth Kimuli, Tebere Arts Foundation or 0772912512.

Featured Productions

Go to the KITF 2019 Schedule →
Download the 2019 KITF Schedule as PDF here →

KITF 2019 Schedule


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