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Rwanda: Ikirenga ACP in partnership with UNESCO is set to launch Ikirenga Artistic Freedom Initiative in Kigali

Ikirenga Arts and Culture Promotion is set to launch Ikirenga Artistic Freedom Initiative, a research project conducted in the Creative Industry in Rwanda with the support of UNESCO.

KIGALI, RWANDA – Ikirenga Art and Culture Promotion proudly announced the official launch of the Ikirenga Artistic Freedom Initiative, marking a momentous celebration of artistic freedom and cultural empowerment.

Through the esteemed UNESCO-Aschberg Program, UNESCO has provided funding and support for this innovative project, which aims to promote artistic freedom throughout Rwanda.

There is a lot of excitement building for the launch, which is scheduled for January 27, 2024, at the opulent Park Inn by Radisson Hotel. The event, which is slated to take place from 16:00 to 19:25, promises to be an inspiring, culturally rich, and group commitment to Rwanda’s thriving arts scene.

The guest list reads like a who’s who of diplomatic, academic, and cultural luminaries, underscoring the widespread support for this initiative.

Ambassadors and representatives from various embassies, including Angola, Mozambique, Israel, France, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, will grace the occasion. Their presence signifies a global acknowledgment of the importance of preserving and promoting artistic expression as a cornerstone of a society’s identity.

The presence of representatives from seven federations, the Rwanda Art Council, the British Council, and mayors, as well as council members from partner districts Nyagatare, Ruhango, and Burera, will show a commitment to fostering a vibrant artistic community.

An additional highlight of the event’s cultural diversity will be the Impundu Cultural Group, which is traveling from Kampala, Uganda, by plane.

The launch will include eminent academic institutions that are critical to shaping the future of the arts, such as the University of Kigali, African Leadership University, East African University, and others.

Their participation highlights the mutually beneficial relationship that exists between artistic expression and education, fostering an environment that is conducive to innovation and creativity.

The event will include dinner and cross-cultural exchange for attendees, as well as Rwandan music and dance troupes, according to Mr. Peter Hakizimana, Executive Director of Ikirenga.

Peter expressed their gratitude to UNESCO and other partners who made significant contributions to the initiative and the NGO overall in an exclusive interview with INTO RWANDA.

“This is a first-of-a-kind event in Rwanda, and we want to extend our sincere gratitude to UNESCO and other partners for being part of our journey and supporting the creative sector in Rwanda and beyond. Your unwavering support and commitment are a strong pillar of our work, and we are truly grateful.” He Said

Rwanda is set to usher in a new era of artistic liberty and cultural celebration. To create an atmosphere that encourages expression and creativity, Ikirenga Art and Culture Promotion envisions a day when artists will be able to bravely address problems within the artistic community.

The UNESCO-Aschberg Program’s support is indicative of the widespread understanding of the value placed on protecting cultural heritage and promoting artistic diversity.

A new movement that will support artistic freedom, celebrate cultural diversity, and create opportunities for a brighter future for Rwanda’s creative community will emerge on January 27, 2024, as the sun sets at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel.

Ikirenga Art and Culture Promotion cordially invites everyone to take part in this momentous occasion, experience the thrill, and see how Rwanda’s artistic history is about to take a new turn.

Ikirenga ACP in partnership with UNESCO, is set to launch Ikirenga Artistic Freedom Initiative in Kigali Saturday January 27, 2024 [IKIRENGA ARCHIVES]
Peter Hakizimana, Ikirenga ACP Executive Director discloses readiness of launch of Ikirenga Artistic Freedom Initiative. [IKIRENGA ARCHIVES]

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