Bayimba is an arts festival organized in Uganda. This year, it is in its eleventh edition and brings a very moving innovation that will, without a doubt, enjoy festival-goers: It will be held from 02 to May 05, 2018 on the island Lunkulu, in Lake Victoria and offers a relaxing atmosphere.

The festival will welcome artists from all sides and this adventure will surely secure Bayimba Festival’s name on the scene of Uganda and world music. While waiting for everything to start, I propose, in pictures, the atmosphere around the preparations that started since Monday and, rest assured, this is only a foretaste.

Read the french version here

The atmosphere around the finish

As one of the first people to land on Lukunlu Island for the Bayimba Festival, let me take you to the internal kitchen of the teams preparing the site to welcome festival-goers.

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We all arrived by canoe
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Some food for survival in the jungle
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The camp is all ready for the night
Sleeping in a tent must be exciting even before the nightfall
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I feel better in a wheelbarrow
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And if we set a slick line?
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Let’s see if we have balance
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It’s easy if we hold hands
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It turns to acrobatics
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It’s hot in Africa, anti-inflammatories are good

Communion with nature

The Bayimba Festival has chosen its site in the uninhabited part of Lunkulu Island. There are plenty of insects and reptiles here. The most prominent are dragonflies and egrets but the most feared are the snakes even if they remain naturally discreet.

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It’s time to blast off
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An egret tree is a tree which produces egrets
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We watch the sea from above
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I am small but you will always see me because I dominate the island
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Floating trees also exists in Lunkulu Island

JustaHub and Africa Collective Metamorphose Lunkulu Island

JustaHub, an art platform based  in Scotland is collaborating with Congolese artists (DRC) from the Kongoloko Collective and Afrika Collective, a Ugandan collective of artists Together they have been working on the design of the stages on the island as well as on the decoration.

The vestige of our passage on Lunkulu Island
A tree can serve as both a chair and coat rack
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Swings made in Lunkulu by Afrika Collective
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A swing in the middle of the wooden furniture
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Spotlights to illuminate the forest
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Decors overwhelm the island
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Justalokohub imposes a decor on the face of the Congolese Kitenge
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