Festival organizers these sides of the continent are facing hard time each year that passes by; from Ugandans failing to buy into the concepts, to lack of support from both the government and the corporate world, festivals could be Uganda’s most threatened events.
And it’s the reason why Saturday is a big deal as Laba Arts Festival comes back for their tenth edition on Bukoto Street in Kamwokya.
Artists from different disciplines; visual arts, music, poetry, fashion and dance among other things will turn the street into their open space with installations, art exhibitions, performances and all sorts of showcases.
For a festival that has gone through different places as venues, it is refreshing seeing the German Cultural Centre, one of the organizing team bring it back to where it all started at Bukoto street with a theme Pot in a Hole, nine years back.
In between, the festival has travelled to Mackinon Street, Kisementi to Nsambya playground.
Unlike the past years where they’ve had themes like The City is Our Space or Back to the Future, this year it seems the festival will go without a specific theme.
But it’s always the main stage that people are interested in and this year, Sandra Nankoma alias Sandy Soul of the Afroman Spice trio will be serenading many with her fusion of Jazz, poetry and Afro sounds, she will though be joined by Giovanni Kiyingi, Ann Nassanga alias Afrie, Kagimu Joshua alias Rap Poet and Ruyonga among others.
It will be Kiyingi’s first performance since he released his highly acclaimed album Amakondere and also a first one for Afroman Spice before their July 8 concert in Kampala and later in Kigali.
The Laba Arts Festival plays an important role in the culture and arts scene of Kampala. It is a multidisciplinary festival presenting recent trends in the arts scene. Laba aims to showcase artistic and musical expressions outside the usual spaces and conditions to reach out to new audiences. Laba is a platform that encourages artistic encounters, as well as intellectual and playful dialogues between artists and their audiences.