On July 10, this year’s edition of Kampala Art Biennale was launched at Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) head offices under the theme Progressive Africa. Backed by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, the festival will see 45 artists from 13 African nations, participate.
Addressing the media, James Tumusiime, the UTB chairman, acknowledged the arts industry as one of the creative platforms that can transform society and elevate the tourism sector.
“Uganda is blessed to be the first country in Africa to host this festival, so we are privileged for the opportunity as we shall offer our substantial support towards the initiative,” Tumusiime said, adding: “We urge the public to utilise it by using their social media platforms to send out awareness.”
The one-month-long event will run from August 1 to 30 in three art locations of Uganda Museum, Makerere Art Gallery and Nommo Gallery with different activities like art piece showcasing, artistic competitions, facial painting, sale of art pieces from the various art stakeholders such as painters, photographers, illustrators, cartoonists, writers and media artists.
The previous edition of Kampala Art Biennale was held in October 2012 at different public spaces that included Afriart Gallery, AKA Gallery, Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Alliance Française, Makerere Art Gallery, Uganda Museum, National Theatre, Kisementi parking and Kimathi Avenue outside Design Agenda, where 12 artists participated with their artworks.