TWB Digest #342

TWB Digest #342
March 27th,  was International Theatre Day.
Our own Roberta Levitow, together with her friends Julie Hébert & Jill Klein created a series of short videos where women talk about women who have inspired them.
They called the videos “LOOK WHAT SHE DID.”
Roberta talks about a resilient theatre practitioner from Uganda,  the Late Rose Mbowa. Rose Mbowa’s artistry persevered under precarious political circumstances. 

Quote for the week 
“My dream is that The Freedom Theatre will be the major force, cooperating with others in generating cultural resistance, carrying on it’s shoulders universal values of freedom and justice.” Juliano Mer Khamis.
Cultural Resistance Festical of Palestinian Theatre starts this week April 4- 7.

La MaMa Umbria International
Summer, 2018 – Spoleto, Italy
Symposium for Directors: Experiments in Performance Creation
(July 16 – 30, 2018)
Playwright Retreat: Migdalia Cruz
(August 2-12, 2018
This year, we explore cutting-edge experimental theatre that crosses boundaries and intersects with other disciplines. During the 2-week session, you will engage in participatory workshops with all of the following artists.
Semion Aleksanderovskiy (Russia)
This workshop will be devoted to analyze and experience the technology of building relationships between artist and text in the post-dramatic theater. The text loses its status as a subject and turns to be an object. How do we create a character in this circumstances?
Semion Aleksanderovskiy studeied with Lev Dodin at St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, one of the most rooted schools in the tradition of Stanislavsky. His search is also a dispute with the academic school and an attempt to find new ways for development and searching for one’s own system.
Stefanie Batten Bland (USA)
This workshop will explore and increase creativity for makers looking to frame and support alternative productions. This workshop enables action and reaction to learnt and improvised material. Participants will leave with concrete scenic tools and articulate theories to address social and communal issues within work and explore their skills and limits.
Stefanie Batten Bland is a Jerome Robbins Award honoree. Her interdisciplinary creative practice is embedded in human relationships, the communicative choices we make, and how we fit into space and place.
The Talking Band (USA)
In this workshop, Artistic Director Paul Zimet and Founding Member Ellen Maddow will share exercises and techniques -integrating text, image, music, and movement- that Talking Band has developed for creating its distinctive form of music-theater.  The goal is to discover ways to illuminate the extraordinary dimensions of ordinary life, and to find theatrical frames that enable our audiences to see them anew.
Talking Band: Art functions to break our habitual ways of experiencing and perceiving. Talking Band’s original interdisciplinary performance work has been a cornerstone of New York City’s avant-garde theater community for 44 years.
Krzysztof Garbaczewski (Poland)
In our workshop we we will engage in a process of how to work with actors when developing productions that incorporate Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). We will discuss our process in a context of political and ecological paradigms present in the critical writings of Jerzy Grotowski.
Krzysztof Garbaczewski is a Polish theatre director and set designer known for his elaborate sets and innovative adaptations that cross the boundaries between theatre, film, dance, visual arts, and music. His upcoming project will be presented at The Wooster Group in New York City.
MIGDALIA CRUZ is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, and librettist of more than 60 works including: Miriam’s FlowersEl Grito Del BronxSaltFrida, Satyricoño,  & FUR, produced in venues—across the U.S. and abroad—including INTAR, Latino Chicago, BAM, Mabou Mines, National Theater of Greece, Houston Grand Opera, & Ateneo Puertorriqueño, An alumna of New Dramatists, she was named the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright, and was awarded a 2016 NYFA grant.  Current commissions: OSF’s PlayON! & Princeton University. In June 2018, Migdalia will teach her third Fornés Playwriting Workshop at University of Notre Dame (Chicago campus).

The Magdalena Project
Read the 5 short pieces about culture and Theatre by Culture 360. ASEF
Funding Arts and Sustainability 
Public Art in Urban Spaces
Culture and Migrations
Cities and Cultures

Kampala Public Art Festival (call for applications)
International Community Arts Festival(Look out for a detailed call for applications.)

Digest #223

Dear reader,

Theatre of the Oppressed presents (NYC)

Legislative Theatre brings citizens, legislators and policymakers together into creative dialogue about the policies and laws that affect communities facing oppression.

At TONYC’s annual Legislative Theatre Festival, you will watch original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences of discrimination in New York City. You will act onstage alongside the actors to offer alternative responses to these systemic problems on an individual, institutional, or policy level. And you will submit ideas to representatives from City Council, the Mayor’s Office and the federal government, and then vote to carry these ideas forward to their respective chambers.
To collaborate or participate:
Rebecca Kelly Golfman, Creative Advocacy Coordinator
(646) 504-4582
To volunteer:
Sign up for our volunteer orientation on 4/30
Press inquiries:
Patrick Kowalczyk, PKPR
(212) 627-8098
LIFT Festival looking for Artistic Director
To apply for the post, please send an up to date CV; a covering letter outlining (in no more than two pages) your vision for LIFT for the next five years; a statement addressing the selection criteria; contact details for two referees who can be contacted if you are to reach the shortlist stage and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to: or to Bernard Donoghue, Chair, LIFT, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB\
Application deadline: 9am, Tuesday 30 May 2017
First round interviews: Friday 9 June 2017
Second round interviews: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Anticipated start date: April 2018
TCG Announces Round 6 of Global Connections 
The grants will support the growth of new International collaborations, and further pre-existing international relationships. email, print, share on Tumblr
For more
New Works of Merit Playwriting contest is accepting scripts through June 30, 2017
For Guidelines and Application Form go to:
$300 + a professional reading and Q&A valued at $1,000.
Happening in Kampala

Kampala International Theatre Festival

The Kampala International Theatre Festival aims at contributing to the development and promotion of all forms of theatre and to develop new audiences for theatre, supporting the creation and presentation of the best theatre productions from East African playwrights that Sundance Institute East Africa had invested in during a period of close to 13 years. The first edition of the festival was held in Kampala at the National Theatre, from 26th to 30th November 2014, with support from Sundance Institute East Africa, Institut Francais/Alliance Francaise, Mimeta and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Uganda, presenting eight productions from East Africa, one guest production from South Africa/France and a screening of a US-Ugandan production in alternative formats, presentations and spaces. To get a grasp of what transpired check out the festival booklet, videos of the productions and reviews on our blog.
Having successfully piloted and introduced the Kampala International Theatre Festival as a welcome add-on to the annual cultural calendar in Uganda and East Africa, the festival now opens up to theatre productions across the region, the continent and beyond. Theatre practitioners are invited to submit their productions for #KITF2015. Applications are open till 30th June 2015 – check here!

Announcing: premier edition Kampala International Theatre Festival

Announcing: premier edition Kampala International Theatre Festival

Bayimba in partnership with Sundance Institute East Africa is venturing into a new festival specifically dedicated to the arts discipline of theatre: the Kampala International Theatre Festival will premiere on 26th to 30th November, 2014 at the Uganda National Theatre.


Get the full festival programme and more information about productions programmed from the website or like the Facebook page. Also stay tuned on Twitter through #KITF2014.


Tickets: 10,000 UGX for Adults, 5,000 UGX for Students per performance. Click here to get your full five-day festival pass at a discounted rate of 50,000 UGX only!

— The #KITF2014 journey —

The Kampala International Theatre Festival aims at contributing to the development and promotion of theatre, as a dedicated platform to showcase talented upcoming and established playwrights and productions from (East) Africa.
The Festival comes after a period of close to 13 years of investment by Sundance Institute East Africa, through its Theatre Program, in exposure and exchange activities with artists from East Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda). Through its program, it has advanced the work of risk-taking artists by supporting them throughout their careers with the aim to contribute to a meaningful and engaging dialogue between artists and their audiences.

Bayimba Cultural Foundation and Sundance Institute East Africa have found common ground and joined forces to contribute to a vibrant and visible theatre industry in the East African region by creating a platform to support and facilitate the creation and presentation of the best and relevant theatre productions, connect the theatre-making community in East Africa and broaden the access to (stage) theatre and develop new audiences: the Kampala International Theatre Festival

The festival is programmed and produced by longtime Sundance Institute Theatre Program staff member, Deborah Asiimwe, and Faisal KIWEWA, Director Bayimba Cultural Foundation. The historic first edition of the festival features productions by East African artists that have received support over the years from Sundance Institute East Africa as well as a guest production from South Africa, that is brought in with the support of Alliance Francaise Kampala.

For subsequent editions, the festival seeks to create opportunities for collaboration between East African artists and their counterparts in the Middle East & North Africa as the Sundance Institute Theatre Program deepens its commitment to this region in future years. The Kampala International Theatre Festival therefore promises to become one of the most exciting theatre festivals in Africa. Do therefore not miss out on joining for the first edition! programme | venue | tickets | contact

Kampala International Theatre festival, November 2014

Kampala International Theatre festival, November 2014


Bayimba Cultural Foundation and Sundance Institute East Africa have found common ground and joined forces to contribute to a vibrant and visible theatre industry in the East African region and create a platform to support and facilitate the creation and presentation of the best and relevant theatre productions. It is with great excitement that they announce the establishment and launching of the first-ever Kampala International Theatre Festival that is scheduled to take place from 26th to 30th November 2014 in Kampala, Uganda.

The festival comes after a period of close to 13 years of investment by Sundance Institute East Africa (SIEA) in exposure and exchange activities with artists from six East African countries (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda). Through its Theatre Program, it has advanced the work of risk-taking artists by supporting artists throughout their careers with the aim to contribute to a meaningful and engaging dialogue between artists and their audiences.

In Bayimba Cultural Foundation, with its history and achievements, SIEA found a perfect East Africa based partner to produce and sustain this event that will not only give a platform to develop professionalism among East African theatre practitioners and connect the East African theatre-making community but will also broaden the access to theatre and develop new audiences.

The festival programme is co-curated and produced by longtime Sundance Institute Theatre Program staff member, Deborah Asiimwe, and Faisal Kiwewa, Artistic Director at Bayimba Cultural Foundation, with the assistance of the experienced Bayimba team.  The historic first edition of the festival will feature productions and readings with many of the East African artists and projects that have received SIEA support over the years as well as guest productions. For subsequent editions, the festival seeks to create opportunities for collaboration between East African artists and their counterparts in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) as the Sundance Institute Theatre Program deepens its commitment to the MENA region in future years. The Kampala International Theatre Festival therefore promises to become one of the most exciting theatre festivals in Africa.


Bayimba Newsletter 2014

Bayimba Newsletter 2014

In September 2013, we closed the Bayimba season in style with a spectacular 6th edition of the Bayimba International Festival. Our Bayimba team went into hybernation mode thereafter, to evaluate the season and to start preparations for the next season. Now that the year 2014 has kicked off successfully, we are eager to present you a sneak preview into Bayimba's 7th season!  


Four Bayimba Regional Festivals!

This year we are once again travelling across Uganda with four Bayimba Regional Festivals. The Bayimba festival season will kick off with the Bayimba Regional Festival in Gulu on the 5th of April, with festivals to follow in Jinja (10th May), Fort Portal (7th June) and Mbale (12th July). We are excited to have added Fort Portal to our festival calendar this time. Stay tuned through Facebook!

A varied arts education programme! 

Under the umbrella of Bayimba Academy, we will yet again offer a range of exciting trainings for artists and other creative industry stakeholders to enhance their artistic and professional skills. If you want to be kept in the loop about the trainings on offer follow us onFacebook or sign up for the regular Bayimba Academynewsletter!

DOADOA | 2014 back to Jinja, Uganda! 

Together with its partners in the East African region, from 6th till 10th of May 2014, Bayimba will bring to you DOADOA – East African Performing Arts Market, a platform for networking and joint learning for performing artists across East Africa. DOADOA | 2014 will again be hosted by the beautiful city on the Nile, Jinja, with the Crested Crane Hotel as the day time venue. Check out the website and Facebook to stay tuned about the day and evening programmes. 

7th edition of the Bayimba International Festival!

We are already in our 7th season and we are proud to announce the dates for the next and 7th edition of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts that is scheduled to take place from 19th to 21st September, 2014 in Kampala, Uganda. Stay up to date and join the ever growing community of the Bayimba International Festival Facebook fans! APPLY NOW!

Check out the various calls and registration processes that are still open! 

❖ Call for Artists for Bayimba International Festival of the Arts!

❖ Register for DOADOA | 2014!

Note: to be kept up to date about calls for training workshops, please sign up for the Bayimba Academy newsletter


❖ An exciting add on to our calender of events is currently under preparation. In partnership with Sundance Institute East Africa we are preparing for a number of activities in the area of theatre, most notably the first Kampala International Theatre Festival to take place in November 2014. We will be sharing more information with you soon.

 We are in the process of activating our Bayimba Membership Programme. Check outthe benefits and become a member online or contact to sign up as a member for 50,000 UGX annually and support the arts and culture in Uganda through Bayimba! 

DOADOA Registration ending January 31,2014

Register online for DOADOA ( The East African Performing Arts Market) that will be happening in Jinja from May 6th to 10th.

Follow the link below to register;

Briefly about DOADOA;

It's the East African Performing Arts Market where various musicians, Bands, Music Producers, Promoters, Event Organizers, Festival Managers, Artist scouts, Foundations, Art Organizations, Djs, Programmers, Journalists move to Jinja where they share various knowledge and skills, market themselves and their works, benefit from the various workshops and conferences, exchange opportunities, forums and panels plus the evening musical showcases in various spaces around Jinja town.

A clip of what happened last year;

Visualize some of the opportunities at DOADOA

In case you find any challenges registering online, go to our website, download the form, fill it and send it together with the requirements to

Note: Deadline for registration is 31st January, 2014.

Herman Kabubi 


DOADOA Coordinator

DOADOA – East African Performing Arts Market

c/o Bayimba Cultural Foundation

P.O. Box 34806, Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256 414 591 670  


Announcing a Program of Conversations, Performances, and Master Classes, For the inaugural Kendu Hearth Conference in Kampala

Kendu Hearth 

For an African traditional performer who effortlessly weaves epic poetry, song, dance, storytelling, music, ritual, creation of masks and puppets into one performance, what do terms like “Hybrid” or “Contemporary” mean to him/her? How should they categorize their performance styles or genres?

August 26th -31st 2013: The Kendu Hearth Conference will present a pilot programme of events on the hybrid form in theatre and performance. This will include selected master classes, conversations, presentations, debates and performances in Kampala-Uganda in different venues.

During these five days, conversations, master classes, panel discussions and performances will be presented to ensure a theoretical approach as well as practical demonstration of hybrid form of theatre. While in this space, we shall also reflect and dialogue on what ethos we carry or want to carry into our work from works that are cutting edge, works that push boundaries, and works that are experimental. The Conference will draw Speakers and Participants from three different Continents: Africa, Europe and North America.

Kendu: hearth in Alur, a Ugandan language from the West Nile region. Hearth: an area near a fireplace; “they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire”; this part of a fireplace as a symbol of the home.

Register Online at

KEBUForum, in collaboration with international theatre companies IFT (It’s A Freedom Thing theatre), and Volcano Theatre present a celebratory week of public discourse on innovation and hybridity in African and international storytelling. From 26th-31st of August 2013, notable Ugandan and International theater-makers will lead conversations, offer workshops, and showcase their work at Buzz restaurant and lounge, Bugolobi, Kampala. Award-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, will deliver the keynote speech on “Owning the African narrative.”


The theme of the conference is “Innovation and Hybridity in African and International Performance.” Key topics for discussion include :


  • Sustainable theatre business practice/finding funding 
  • Embracing multiple narratives and art forms
  • Ugandanness, Africanness and Blackness
  • “She is the story”: women and the theatre
  • Theatre as a political advocate


Each day will feature public performances, including poetry by Donna Michelle St. Bernard and a musical theater piece Dawn of the Pearl by Acaye E. Pamela on Wednesday August 28, 2013 at the Sheraton hotel, Kampala. On Thursday August 29, Nova Bhattacharya, a Toronto-based Bharanatayam dancer, will blend this ancient Indian dance form with modern dance at 6pm at Buzz restaurant and lounge. Friday night will host the premier African performance of the internationally acclaimed play White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour; the piece will star celebrated Ugandan sketch comic Frobisha  Lwanga. 


Master classes are free but require prior online registration as space is limited; panel discussions, presentations and most other events are free and open to the public with the exception of a few paid benefit performances. FOR further information, including program details, prices, times, and to register online please visit our website at


Like our facebook page: Kendu Hearth Kampala

Email: with inquiries 

Tweet or follow us @kenduhearth for instant updates. 

Mobile: 0777676238/0701676238

Join the conversation: We look forward to hearing from you


THE GMT +3 Calling Journalists/ Writers/ Photographers

The GMT +3 is on an online news and reporting website intended to build connections between the diverse Cosmopolitan experiences in East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda).

The online forum encompasses those living in East Africa and in the Diaspora (including Europe, the United States and Asia).

The GMT +3 seeks to build a core collective of brilliant, innovative and dedicated writers, journalists, and photographers willing to contribute to the website once a week.

If you are interested, please email a sample of your work and a pitch for a story/photo series  to by Thursday March 21, 2013. The story/ photo series pitch should fall under one of the six categories: The Arts, Culture, Hit and Miss, GMT +3 Voices, The Innovator, and The News.

Please make sure to put Call For Journalists/ Photographers/ Writers in the email subject heading and in the body of the email include :




Country of Origin

Country currently residing

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Melissa Kiguwa


EFA announces Ateliers for Young Festival Managers 2013/2014: express your interest.

Following the intense experience of five Ateliers for Young Festival Managers  in Görlitz (2006), Varna (2009), Singapore (May 2011), Izmir (October 2011) and Ljubljana(October 2012), the European Festivals Association (EFA) is delighted to announce the next three editions in: Beirut, Lebanon, in autumn 2013; Edinburgh, UK, in spring 2014; and Kampala, Uganda, in autumn 2014.

The Atelier for Young Festival Mangers is a high-level 7-day training programme focusing on the artistic aspects of festival management. It brings together two generations of festival makers: 45 young festival managers and 10 renowned festival directors from all over the world. 

To name just a few of the mentors and presenters who will take part in these Ateliers under the coordination of Hugo De Greef (Former EFA Secretary General, General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Founder and former Director Kaaitheater): Robyn Archer (Creative Director The Centenary of Canberra (2013), Artistic Director The Light in Winter – Australia), Bernard Faivre d’Arcier (President Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, former Director Festival d’Avignon – France), Rose Fenton (Director Free Word, Co-Founder LIFT, London – UK), Nele Hertling (Vice-Chair of the Academy of Arts Berlin, former Director Hebbel-Theater, Germany), Ching-Lee Goh (Executive and Artistic Director CultureLink Singapore, Former Director Singapore Arts Festival – Singapore), Gerard Mortier (General Director Teatro Real de Madrid, former Director Salzburger Festpiele, former Director Ruhr Triennale – Belgium), Jonathan Mills (Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival – UK) and many more.

Each of the three editions will be hosted by an excellent international festival in a unique cultural setting. The hosting city will offer an inspiring and challenging context which will enrich the Atelier content and participants. 

The Atelier BEIRUT 2013 will be hosted by the Beiteddine Art Festival from 5-12 October 2013. The Atelier EDINBURGH 2014 will be held from 3-10 April 2014 and hosted by the Edinburgh International Festival. The Atelier KAMPALA 2014 will take place from 21-28 September 2014, hosted by the Bayimba International Arts Festival

The open call for application for the Ateliers BEIRUT 2013 and EDINBURGH 2014 will be launched in January 2013: deadline of application for Beirut will be 31 March 2013 and deadline of application for Edinburgh will be 31 May 2013. The open call for the Atelier KAMPALA 2014 will be launched in September 2013. 

EFA invites motivated young artistic festival managers to express their interest in this unique training programme and its next promising editions in 2013 and 2014. Write an email to EFA at and you will be among the first ones to receive the application forms.

Young festival managers from all over the world: get ready to apply! Please feel invited to spread this announcement broadly in your network to anybody who might be interested. To find out more about the Atelier and the previous editions, please visit

Announced: Gent, Monday, 17-12-2012