On the 9th June 2012 more than 90 artists and 100 performers came together to celebrate under the theme Liberation. Arts. Partcipation. The LaBa! Street Art Festival of 2012 turned Mackinnon Road once again into a colourful open space for art – with dance, photography, painting, graffiti, fashion, music, acrobatics and handcrafts. More than 90 visual artists and 100 performing artists offered an inspiring, lively and interactive experience for everyone.
This year’s theme Liberation.Arts.Participation. offered both artists and visitors a wide range for self-interpretation. Next to an inside view in the Ugandan art scene, the festival guaranteed enjoyment for the whole family.
LaBa! touches all senses and generations: Visual art could have been experienced with your eyes in exhibitions or with your hands in interactive projects, the lounge area offered a place to rest and listen to the program of the small stage, visitors could enjoy different specialities and children found their adventure at the bouncing castle and with the face painting. With the sunset visitors got surprised by various concerts in the garden.
As art was often abused by politics, religion or economy, we should stand up for art as an autonomous and independent view onto our societies. But art is also more than that; it is about experimenting, playing and learning – not only for artists, but for everybody. That’s why the festival invites the visitors to exchange with the artists and to get to know their ideas, but also to participate in the interactive projects and experience art.
Since art is for everyone – for beginners as well as experts, interactive projects have been developed by different artists to activate visitors to participate in the arts. Therefore, visitors could paint 30 dustbins which will be distributed all over Kampala afterwards. They could test their skills in graffiti and spray a canvas or discuss with artists in an open performance about arts and cash money. Another possibility was to be part of the various activities of In Movement. These included the collective painting of murals, a drum circle, dancing, clowning and juggling.
Language without Borders
The Language Bazaar was organized under the theme “Language without borders”. Goethe-Zentrum Kampala firmly believes that living and promoting multilingualism is essential for intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity. On the festival embassies from all over the world have presented a language native to their culture and offered entertaining language games and information about language courses in Kampala.
At sunset we offered a special pleasure: A fashion show by nine designers who gave an exclusive insight into their latest collections. The audience was enchanted by models in innovative and creative outfits. The presenting designers have been: Stella Atal, Latif, Sema Bryan, Ras Kasozi, Ras André, Dennis Cliff Ojwang, Vicky Nguela, Anna-Clare Lukoma and Med D.
When the activities on the street came to an end with sunset, all guests were invited to join an exciting evening full of music, dance and poetry in the Garden of the Goethe-Zentrum. Selected poets of Poetry in Session opened the stage, followed by Abramz (BPU), Alai K from Kenya (Ukoo Flani), Irene Ntale and Joel Sebunjo, as well as a dance performance by Faizal Mostrixx.
LaBa! 2012 was again a huge success, due to the generosity of our sponsors and partners, the honorary work of the festival’s Artist Committee, the numerous volunteers and of course the artists themselves!