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“Rwanda is an experimental place. I suppose it is part of our DNA.” Carole Karemena, a veteran cultural manager, reflects on the reason behind the recent surge of creative energy in her native country. Having founded Ishyo Arts Centre 12 years ago with the vision of making cultural experiences accessible to all, Carole has been at the center of the creative renaissance in this eastern African country.
A Korean Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO project is supporting a series of “training of trainers” workshops in Kigali in the fields of Performing Arts (music, theatre, dance), Film Production and Visual Arts as well as Creative Entrepreneurship, which were identified as priority areas for training following a mapping of capacity gaps carried out in 2018 by Ishyo Arts Centre.
Rwandans in the art creative sector might soon see a turnaround in their careers, thanks to a new project that is training at least 100 artists from different categories in the creative art industry, including, drama, visual arts, music, theatre and dance.
African Heads of State attending the Transform Africa Summit called for Governments to collaborate and work with the industry to make the necessary investments for citizens to benefit from the digital economy. The summit held in Kigali, Rwanda was attended by Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali.
Rwanda Arts Initiative, a non-governmental and non-profit organisation committed to the professionalisation of the cultural industries, was awarded over $94 000 from the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) to develop a common strategy for intellectual property rights in Rwanda’s Cultural and Creative Industries Sector.
This new talent search project launched yesterday by the Ministry of Youth and the Ministry of Sports and Culture, in partnership with Imbuto Foundation, is expected to boost the country’s nascent creative industry, officials have said.