Published on: Nov 27, 2019

How well does Kigali prosper in Visual arts: Music, theatre and performing arts, film and documentary, traditional arts, urban culture, education, literature, cultural heritage and museums, urban plans and implementation, what are the favourite activities and how have they evolved with time?

Rwanda is a country on the move.

In recent years, the country has achieved remarkable development. In February 2015, the country adopted its “National Culture Heritage Policy”, which aims to “Operationalize the existing or develop new legal instruments and
facilitate full exploitation of the economic potential in the creative arts”. In line with this policy, Rwanda has already undertaken cultural mapping, and it has finalized a “Five-year Strategic Plan for the development of Creative Industries 2017-2020”.

This project in Rwanda aims at building capacities of CCI actors in order to strengthen this industry as a strategic growth sector contributing to economic growth, job creation, revenue generation, and improving conditions of life.
It does so by identifying capacity gaps of stakeholders, providing training and raising awareness of the general public about the contribution of CCI to sustainable development. The project builds on Creative Cities Kigali, Rwanda
the ongoing UNESCO activities on culture and communication in Rwanda.

The aim is to contribute to the development of cultural industries in Rwanda, through identifying capacity gaps and
developing and implementing capacity-building programmes for artists, cultural professionals and representatives of concerned government ministries/public institutions in Rwanda.

An admirable example of this is fashion designers like Linda Mukangoga of label Haute Baso: By collaborating with local artisans and empowering young women to preserve traditional craftsmanship, Mukangoga is breathing new life into cultural designs like imigongo, a spiral of geometric shapes in shades of black, white, and red. Another example is local Afrobeat artist Mani Martin collaborating with the traditional dance troop Inganzo Ngari.

The Inema Gallery is the heart of Inema Art Center. It hosts a permanent show for ten artists in residence at a time to explore their creative talent, specializing in contemporary African arts, crafts, music, and dance, with new  paintings hung every day. They also showcase artists from around the world. Recent shows include American, Belgian, and Moroccan painting and sculpture.

The Gallery is a dynamic space and frequently fills for poetry nights, workshops, or cultural evenings.