Ubumuntu Arts Festival shares the value of forgiveness and sustainable peace

Posted in News

The second edition of the Ubumuntu Arts Festival took place at the Kigali Genocide Memorial from 14-17 July and shared the importance of forgiveness and sustainable peace in Rwanda and around the world.

The festival showcased entertaining theatre, dance, and poetry performances by artists from Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, USA, Iraq, Belgium and Uganda. Each country presented their histories and some of the peace building approaches that could be used to promote humanitarian actions among people.

Through the theatre acts that demonstrated life after Genocide and violence, the performers shared the message that we all have to act as human by promoting humanity in our daily activities. The poem “I forgive you though you are a monster” was among the performances which focused on forgiving though some might have committed unforgivable crimes. This also reminded audience members about the importance of giving every human the respect they deserve.

The third night of the festival featured a performance by Hum Kay, a Ugandan artist who donated a song to the Kigali Genocide Memorial which stresses the importance of teaching people to have humanity and compassion for one another.

27736018373_70dc56fdb2_k

To learn more about these pieces, visit the Ubumuntu Arts Festival website.

About the Festival

The festival is supported by the Aegis Trust, which runs the Kigali Genocide Memorial on behalf of Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide. The Aegis Trust is a genocide prevention organisation working to prevent mass atrocities and build peace around the world.

Performing in the festival were artists from Kenya, Uganda, Soudan, Cambodia, DRC, Ireland, German, Iraq, Belgium, Gabon, USA, Switzerland, South Africa, England, Netherlands, Burundi, Syria and the host Rwanda.

Ubumuntu Arts Festival Day 3 Photos

Ubumuntu Art Festival 2016 Day 3

Latest Articles

news-placeholder-image

5 months ago

Yahaya Nsengiyumva – a hero who risked his life to save others during Genocide against the Tutsi

53133187123_61bddb265c_o

8 months ago

Israel’s Ambassador-designate pays tribute to victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi

news-placeholder-image

8 months ago

Dallaire returns to Kigali Genocide Memorial

news-placeholder-image

8 months ago

Madagascar President honours victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi

news-placeholder-image

9 months ago

President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo visits the Kigali Genocide Memorial 

news-placeholder-image

9 months ago

Kevin Hart visits the Kigali Genocide Memorial 

news-placeholder-image

9 months ago

Hon. J. Uduch Sengebau Senior, Vice President and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Palau visits Kigali Genocide Memorial 

news-placeholder-image

9 months ago

Robinah Nabbanja, Prime Minister of Uganda pays tribute to victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi 

Keep Reading

Related Articles

Kim Simon – formerly Managing Director of the USC Shoah Foundation – has passed away following a battle with Multiple System Atrophy, a rare degenerative disease.
A three-day Youth Champions workshop on Peace and Values Education was held by Aegis at the Kigali Genocide Memorial
Jo Ingabire’s BAFTA-nominated short BAZIGAGA is a fictional drama about a pastor and his daughter seeking refuge with a traditional healer during the Genocide against the Tutsi.