Returning on its fourth edition is the Ubumuntu Arts Festival, a unique event dedicated to humanity.
A sole festival rooting from Rwanda, the Ubumuntu has grown beyond Rwandan boarders due to its culture of collaboration.
Scheduled to take place from 13 to 15 July 2018, Ubumuntu, which in is a Kinyarwanda word for ‘humanity’, and calls for unity amongst all peoples of the world, promoting love and inclusion and rejecting hatred and discrimination is unveiling more this year.
During a panel discussion, on July 5 at the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Center which brought together festival curators and other experts, some remarks were captured;
“It wasn’t as big as it is today, and we are so glad that it is inline with our objective of the Genocide Memorial Center,” – Honore Gatera, Managing Director, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.
“Its a marathon, but even with the late nights we spend with every director, with the attention they need, it reminds us that we are human, and its beautiful,” Megan Lang, New York-based Lighting Designer.
“Its my dream and wish that every Artists taps into that humanity aspect behind their caps as professionals,” Hope Azeda, Festival Curator, Ubumuntu Arts Festival.
“Art is therapy, meaning when one experiences traumatic case, among the approaches used in therapy of mental cases is Art,” Yvonne Kayiteshonga, Division Manager of Mental Health, Rwanda Biomedical Center.
“Its more than marketing, than CSR, but this helps us look differently beyond business, but rather on how we may support inline with humanity,”
“Working with children rather helps us learn from them, when they start speaking and sharing, together, they do better, which teaches us a lot,”Joe Quintero, Co-Founder/Director B.R.I.D.G.E Theatre Project.
“Children teach us a lot on how to be resilient, its the art which teaches them through resilience, but they all find common language to responses no matter where they are from,”-Adam Kalesperis, Co-Founder, B.R.I.D.G.E Theatre Project