The good folks of Laba! Festival are back this year with the 11th edition of the Arts Festival. This year the festival is under the theme of “Ubuntu”. The term “Ubuntu” is from shona which means Obumu in luganda and humanity in English. With that theme the Laba! Arts festival seek to promote community spirit which is best illustrated in the Ndebele proverb: “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” (“a person is a person through other persons”). In reminiscence of how the festival once has been conceived, the visual arts will be at the core of the festival, representing eleven collective installations like:
Sabuula embaata a three minute animation film premier by Kikali Studio, a seven person collective of animation and illustrative artists.
Our Thing, a multimedia video and photo installation by Darleyne Komukama & Nikissi Serumaga-Jamo, with images of regular people projected on a cubicle wall to trigger conversation about the individual within the community.
A Farming Installation showcasing and demonstrating creative urban gardening by Pamoja Studio .
Collaborative Mural by Neema Iyer where the audience will join in painting of a mural through the day.
MakeSomeNoise, which turns metal work noise into music beats with a dj by Kampala Artisan Soundscape.
Impala Art Studio will present an interactive photo studio and installation.
SagirArt Studio, a collective of four deaf artists, will create a visual and tactile monument from trash.
NkonsonNkonson, a two person installation creating life size monuments of some of the revered Goddesses faces from Central and East Africa.
CreativeMinds recreating a place for traditional games such as Ludo, Omweso and Kwepena and Dull on the street.
AphraArts, an all women artist team creating a symbolic mural with bees and paint to explore connectivity of humanity.
Kenduhearth pop-up Museum will demonstrate contemporary heritage practice through interior design showcase.
Other art forms both musical, performance and dance will be secondary focuses of the day, hence performances of Spotlight Crew and members of Batalo East, as well as an acoustic showcase with Afrie, Wake, Lil Ray Omutuuze, Dj Franchesca, the HeartBeatZone Drum Circle and bands like Bantu Clan and Isiaha’s Destiny, Kampala Music School, Mame N’Diack and Kitara Nation and Tontoma Poets.
LaBa! festival will happen on Saturday 27th May, from 11:00am to 8:00pm on Bukoto Street, Kamwokya.