As drama-filled Kampala City melts to an concert-less weekend, music junkies are breaking out their short sleeves and piggy banks for another euphoric round of the 2014 Bayimba international festival of the arts at kicks off in Gulu On Friday 4th of April.
Now in their fourth year, Bayimba Festival has grown from humble beginnings to provide a platform for the arts and culture to shine.
Star performer Coco Finger is set to headline the do that that also has Gulu-based artists Bosmic Otim, John Oweka, Golden Gate Band, Hoppy Benny alias Acholi Muding with female counterpart Pretty B performing at Taks Art Centre.
The festival remains the most affordable music fete in Uganda, at a laughable entrance fee of Shs1, 000.
Phillip Masembe, Bayimba’s media cordinator, says this year promises to be a very unique one for the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts.
On Saturday 5th, an exquisite mix of established and emerging artists will be staged from midday till midnight.
“Music and art lovers in Northern Uganda are eagerly wainting to take advantage of the exciting artistic experience this weekend,” says Masembe.
After Gulu, the next towns hosting a Bayimba Regional Festival of the Arts will be Jinja on the 10th of May 2014, Fort Portal on the 7th of June 2014 and Mbale on the 5th of July 2014 before the festival season is closed by the 7th edition at the National Theatre in Kampala from 19th to 21st September 2014.
Annually, Bayimba cultural foundation organizes the Regional Festivals in towns across Uganda with a view to support artistic growth and innovation as well as exposing wider audiences to a variety of artist expression. Each festival is a unique experience and calls in artists from the local art scene and beyond.