The Observer (Kampala)

3 January 2013

Uganda: Take Five - Bayimba's Philip Masembe

Philip Masembe is the media coordinator for Bayimba Cultural Foundation, a group that promotes local artistes, culture and arts. He fielded five questions with Alon Mwesigwa

What do you have for Ugandans this year?

This year, we have a whole new package. As Bayimba Cultural Foundation, we have already started preparations for the 2013 regional festivals. The first will take place in Gulu around April, and then we will go to Jinja, Mbarara and Mbale in that order. Later in the year, we will have the international festival in Kampala.

What is it that you people are presenting in these festivals?

We have various presentations and the artistes in the particular regions we will visit, will be given a chance to perform their songs and gain some visibility. We also seek to promote and embrace cultures in these regions.

How was 2012 for Bayimba?

I must say it's been a successful year. We are happy that we have made Ugandans aware of their cultures. In 2012, festivities in Kampala alone had a record attendance of 30, 000 people.

How is the arts industry in Uganda?

The arts industry is growing and the fact that Bayimba has come to boost it will make it better. We hope to see more and more talents molded in the industry.

Last word.

I call upon people to join Bayimba foundation in this year's festivals as we promote Ugandan culture and mold local talent.

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