The East African Nights of Tolerance (EANT), a dance festival rooting from Rwanda is East Africa’s outstanding festival dedicated to contemporary dance since 2012.
Right from the start, as Rwanda’s Amizero Dance Kompagnie, a Rwandan Contemporary Dance Company since 2005 participated in other contests throughout Africa, the group realized a great need and gap that existed for contemporary dance,
“When you go in especially West and Central Africa, there is a lot of liveliness happening around the arts in general and specifically contemporary dance, but you won’t find East African countries represented, which inspired the festival’s birth,”
explains Wesley Ruzibiza, a member of AmizeroDance Kompagnie, and festival’s founder.
The festival’s rise was sparked by the rich existence of thriving contemporary dance, which existed, but lacked a sole platform to be showcased. The festival has further grown to front acts from Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, DRC among other countries.
Returning on its 5th edition in Kigali this year’s edition is supported by the Swiss cooperation (DDC), Institut Francais du Rwanda (IFR), Institut Français de Paris (IF), Positive Productions, the Belgian Embassy, the French Embassy and the Goethe Institut and the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC).
With 10 performances countries participating this year including Rwanda, France, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Cameroun, Uganda, Belgium, DRC and Tanzania.
EANT festival aims to promote contemporary dance in Rwanda and East Africa, while using dance to promote peace and tolerance.
Performances kick off on November 24, 25 and 27 November will will kick off at 7pm at Zenith Hotel in Kimihurura across from Papyrus, while Performances on Saturday November 26 at Kimisagara – Maison des Jeunes is free.
Entrance; Rwf2000 (for a single show), while a package is available for the 4 nights of performance at 5000RWF.