Judging from the crowds that thronged the most recent Bayimba International Festival of the Arts at the Taks Centre, Gulu last weekend, it was all passion with music, dancing and a lot of happy fans.
The annual music festival kicked off Friday night with Coco Finger as the headliner.
One of the most exciting attractions at Bayimba Festival was the fashion exhibition that had local models from Gulu under fashion label called Modo Fashion House and revelers couldn’t help wonder how much talent there is in Northern Uganda.
Gulu based artiste Bosmic Otim said he’s taking part in the festival for the third year in a row.
“What I look forward to every year is Bayimba have a lot of musicians and painters that don’t get a lot of attention usually,” Otim said in a phone chat. “I really like performing at the Bayimba festival and get to meet young talented artistes from all regions of Uganda.”
Otim also known as the Jose Chameleon of Gulu won is the reigning Hipipo award winner for northern artist of the year.
The sweetness of art and poetry was another highlight of the festival that will be in 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.
About the festival
Bayimba International Festivals of the Arts began in 2008 with an interesting curatorial idea: Artists would submit plans and concepts for consideration, and if approved, they would come to the festival site for three days, hangout and make art.
Annually held, the show is open to the public with more emphasis on the process of making art than just looking at it. On that basis, the festivals have been right at the forefront of new thinking about art.