Faisal KIWEWA (born 1983) is the founding director of Bayimba Cultural Foundation. Together with a team of colleagues he has worked hard to transform the arts scene in Uganda from a rather static state to its current level of vibrancy. During the past 7 years, under Faisal’s guidance, Bayimba has trained, supported and created numerous platforms to celebrate the arts in Uganda.
Due to the many efforts in networking and building bridges within the arts sector, Bayimba has developed into a house hold name among artists and professionals, not only within Uganda but also within the East African region and a few other corners around the world. The most recent regional impact was created with the launch of DOADOA – the East African Performing Arts Market – as a regional platform where stakeholders in the performing arts industry meet to share their skills and experience and do business.
In his seventh season as the director of Bayimba, Faisal aims at strengthening the role of Bayimba in developing the arts within Uganda and East Africa, to strengthen Culture Unlimited as the network of the creative civil society in Uganda, to launch DOADOA-Music as the regional export office for music from East Africa, an International Theater Festival focusing on East African theater in partnership with Sundance Institute East Africa and to forward the Bayimba agenda to develop lasting structures to sustain the arts.
Faisal KIWEWA is also a scholar of many disciplines in arts and cultural management; a fellow of the Academie Vitae Cultural Economics class of 2009 in Deventar, The Netherlands – a fellow of the National Fundraising School class of 2010 in Bridgton, UK – a fellow of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy class of 2012 in Berlin, Germany – and a Practical Masters student of Arts Management International Fellowship cohort of 2010/12 at DeVos Institute, Kennedy Center for the performing Arts in Washington DC, USA.