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.

Interactive projects
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. Read more