#BABISHAI2020 POETRY FESTIVAL: (Postponed until futher notice)

Aren’t you ready for Poetry by the crater lake? Gear yourself! We’re going to Bunyoro. Our sixth poetry festival, a magnificent manifestation of creative verses across Uganda and Africa; a commemoration of poetry across the most hair-raising poetry; right in Kibale, at the crater lake.



Nambozo Daniella at the #Babishai2017 Poetry Festival, ~Mabira Forest, Jinja.


DAY ONE Thursday 25 June, 2020

Departure from Kampala at 8:00am, for Kibale in Bunyoro (About 6 hours west of Kampala.) Bunyoro is a kingdom in Western Uganda. It was one of the most powerful kingdoms in Central and East Africa from the 13th century to the 19th century. It is ruled by the Omukama of Bunyoro. The current ruler is Solomon Iguru I, the 27th Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara.

Stop-over for lunch at midday.

Arrival in Kibale, at about 2:00pm, at one of the most snug lodges, with the most breathtaking and alluring view of the landscapes in Bunyoro., at the edge of Kibale Forest National Park.

Poetry and `Barbeque in Bunyoro, at 7:00pm.

DAY TWO Friday 26 June, 2020

Breakfast by 9:00am.

Poetry by the crater lake: 10:00am to midday

Lunch in Kibale

2:00pm to 6:00pm

Poetry with residents of Bunyoro, school visits, performances, poetry discussions, press interviews

6:30pm Return to lodge

7:00pm Barbeque and Poetry


DAY THREE Saturday 27 June, 2020

Return to Kampala.

The festival fee: Early registration is Five Hundred US Dollars ($500 each), payable by 15 April, 2020.

Late registration fee: Six hundred fifty US Dollars ($650).

This fee includes airport pick-ups from Entebbe International Airport to Kampala, accommodation in Kampala and Bunyoro, transport and meals.

If you do not require airport pick-up, or accommodation in Kampala, the fee is $350.

DAY FOUR Sunday 28 June, 2020

Morning: Kampala tour (optional)

Award-giving ceremony and Dinner from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, with a book launch

Venue: Spice Junction, Kisementi-Kololo.

Dinner cards are at Sixty-five thousand shillings (65,000/- ) each.



For any inquiry, kindly email babishainiwe@babishainiwe.com, or call +256 751 703226.

Our #Babishai2020 haiku award is open for submissions until March 15, 2020. Details at http://babishainiwe.com/2019/12/30/submit-for-the-babishai2020-haiku-award/



Babishai Festival, Haiku Contest, The Future

27 March, 2020

Dear Friends of Babishai, Lovers of Poetry, and Leaders in the Arts,

We are looking forward to a tomorrow that is better than today.

During this time when the world seems to be spinning under our feet, let’s keep our heads high, and remember the effectiveness of our togetherness, our creativity and our steed. In these unprecedented days with Covid-19 stretching its ugly neck in unwanted spaces, the Babishai team has agreed to postpone our festival, which was scheduled for June, 25-28  2020,in Kibaale, by the crater lake.

We appreciate all who have reached out to us with care and advice, poets, academics, well-wishers and friends. That means a lot, that even with your own challenges, you still think of others. The #Babishai2020 Haiku award deadline passed and the judges shall proceed with their work. The announcement of the shortlist and winners though, shall be postponed to June 2020, until we finalize on a new date for the festival.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Keep to the prevention measures, until we kick Corona out of our lives.

Keep writing and reciting too, because people around you need the warmth that stems from a creative mind, more than ever.


The Babishai Team

Setting off