How to challenge the artists? How to make a selection of genuine Ugandan art and craft? How to get away from the market and move to a festival that promotes Ugandan contemporary art? For the 7th edition of this festival the artists had to apply with a project to be realised during the festival under the theme “Open Studio”. No matter if fashion designer, painter, potter, sculptor or dancer – the public had to be able to take a look behind the scene, get an idea of what the artists do and how they work.
The committee nominated a jury formed by Faisal Kiwewa (director of the Bayimba Cultural Foundation), Anna Kućma (freelance curator and organizer of the Uganda Press Photo Award), Katrin Peters-Klaphake (curator of the Makerere Art Gallery), Dominic Muwanguzi (journalist) and Carolin Christgau (director of GZK/ UGCS). Out of 70 applications the jury selected 45 individual artists and projects to be part of this festival. For the music stage a similar procedure was introduced. Suzan Kerunen, singer and part of the Pearl Rhythm Community, Ife Piankhi – the poet who sings, and Dennis Große-Plankermann, musician and at that time intern at GZK/ UGCS selected 12 acts out of several applicants to perform on stage during the festival.
To create a more interactive atmosphere, the committee decided to switch the main part of the festival from the street to the football pitch at Mackinnon Road. Areas were created, to connect the different artists and projects.