LaBa Arts Festival brings art to the streets

Saturday June 14 2014

Some of the activities and items at the

Some of the activities and items at the festival last weekend. photos by Dominic Bukenya 


Last weekend was a treat for the arts and culture lovers who attended the multidisciplinary LaBa Arts Festival held at Kisementi Parking Lot and Nsambya-Kabega road under the theme “The City is Our Space”. The festival focused on the usage of urban and contemporary art movements in Kampala.

Despite the change of location from Goethe Zentrum’s gardens, this year’s edition received a maximal attendance with the first day’s start of music from an acoustic artiste, Bosco Young Normad, paintings from visual artists of Creative Minds, fashion modelling from Sema Dzynz, dance performances by Inspirationz and Mambya Dance company, video joking challenges from Manya Cultural Foundation, film screening of “Kapeke Town” by Daniel Semulema Katenda and the panel discussion that was hosted by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Apart from the poetry sessions, the interesting and entertaining part of the festival was the rap battle from End of the Week Uganda, who showcased creativity in expression and portraying innovate words in the raps. The battles, that were highlighted by hip-hop rapper St Nelly Sade, saw competitors BB Muwanvu Wanvu and gospel rapper VMB emerge finalists. They will perform at this year’s Bayimba International edition in September, where a panel of judges will select the winner.

Other performances were from the Sabar Percussion band that showcased professionalism in the play of instruments as they took revellers in a musical journey through many different rhythmic patterns, sounds and emotions.
The band showcased the many different sounds that can be made with percussion instruments.

About the Laba

Purpose. The LaBa! Arts Festival seeks to engage artists and communities in identifing with their city and focus on their own innate resources – their histories, spaces, creative energies and talents.