Ubumuntu Arts Festival returns to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Breaking Down Barriers


The Ubumuntu Arts Festival, returns for its fifth edition to celebrate humanity with artists from 16 countries. This year, the festival will focus on the role of art to break down the barriers that cause hate and discrimination, as well as promote honest conversations in society.

The three-day festival takes place from 12-14 July 2019 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Amphitheatre and Entry is free for all.

Through performances and workshops, participants will explore the theme ‘When the Walls Come Down – Truth’ and connect with concepts and stories of openness and authenticity by sharing perspectives and experiences. The festival activities will examine the effect of physical and emotional boundaries on social cohesion.

Hope Azeda, Festival Curator, says the fifth edition of the festival seeks to pose questions and share answers about the state of social relations around the world – from inequality and injustice to hate and discrimination.

“Our world is facing indifference and prejudice. Barriers limit communities from free expression and connection. As artists, it is our duty to spread positive thinking and change hearts and minds. We want to inspire the next generation to be peacemakers and empathic leaders. The festival is the perfect space for transformative arts. I encourage everyone to join us for this year’s festival,” said Hope Azeda, Festival Curator.

The Ubumuntu Arts Festival brings together people from different walks of life to speak to each other in the language of art. To keep the festival world-class and free for all, the Ikaze Night Party has been organised. Funds raised from ticket sales for Ikaze Night Party support in bringing talents artists to be part of the festival in remarkable Rwanda.

Ubumuntu is the Kinyarwanda word for ‘humanity’, and calls for unity amongst all peoples of the world, promoting love and inclusion and rejecting hatred and discrimination.

Festival Details

 Ubumuntu Arts Festival

  • Dates: 12 – 14 July 2019
  • Location: Kigali Genocide Memorial Amphitheatre
  • Time: From 2pm – 4pm (Workshops) and From 6pm (Performances)

Ikaze Night Party

  • Date: 11 July 2019
  • Location: Kigali Convention and Exhibition Village (Akagera Hall)
  • Entry Fee: Rwf 15,000

Visit www.ubumuntuartsfestival.com to learn more. You can also follow: @Kigali_Memorial and @UbumuntuArtFest for updates.