International arts festival â€œUbumuntuâ€ opens in Rwanda
The first of its kind in Rwanda, the Ubumuntu Arts Festival is an art centric festival inspired by and created for the sake of humanity. The festival slogan is, â€œI am because you are, you are because I amâ€
Art is a powerful form of communicating, sharing, expressing opinions, airing issues, emotions, and values about all aspects of life that affect humanity. However, in many parts of the world, either by omission or commission, art has not been given the importance it deserves both at policy, educational, and practice levels. For instance, in Africa and indeed Rwanda, art is often seen as an extracurricular activity as a way to pass time, as mere entertainment and not as an avenue to share, open up and have civic dialogue.
Art played a crucial role in tackling Rwandaâ€™s immense post genocide challenges. From genocide perpetrators giving truthful testimonies, to victims forgiving perpetrators. Art was and can still be part of a continued solution to the issues confronting Rwanda, the same issues confronting all of humanity.
The Ubumuntu Arts Festival will therefore, act as a bridge over nations and provide an avenue where people from different countries can come together to learn from each other and be empowered to spearhead the healing process in their countries. The festival will be a forum for and of unity Â one world, one problem, one solution.
It will be an annual festival that will take place in the last week of the 100 day Genocide memorial. The festival will be held at the outdoor amphitheater of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. Festival activities will include but not be limited to: performances, workshops, panel discussions and genocide memorial site visits.
Venue:Â Amphitheatre Kigali Memorial
Dates:Â 11th Â and 12th July 2015