Ubumuntu Arts Festival is the brainchild of Hope Azeda; a major figure in contemporary Rwandan theatre, and, the founder and Artistic Director of Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company – a leading theatre company in Rwanda. The Ubumuntu journey started when Hope submitted its idea to the Africa Leadership Project as her leadership project proposal. Needless to say her proposal received great feedback and as they say, the rest is history!
The festival was first held in 2015 and happens annually following the last week of the 100 days commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. It is held at the outdoor amphitheater of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and brings different artists from around the world to convene in Kigali Rwanda. Festival activities include but are not limited to performances, workshops, panels and genocide memorial site visits. The festival is free and open to everybody and therefore relies on donations and sponsors for financial support.
This year’s free 2-day “ICan, IMust, IWill Festival” is happening on July 16th-17th and will be an online experience like no other bringing together amazing talents with inspirational stories from across the globe centered on using their gift of art to explore and celebrate what it means to be human.
On the 17, the dancer and choreographer, Luciane Ramos Silva, will be presenting “Gravel: Invisible Places, Red Places to Exist”.