Festivals in Rwanda

Rwanda Film Festival

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The Rwanda Hillywood film festival is back again , a great selection of movies from all over Africa, an amazing program of workshop and forum and our Hillywood extravangaza country tour that takes a true cinema experience to the communities. From 16th to the 30 th july 2011 , the Rwanda Film Festival will take place in the four corners of the country as well as in various venues in the city of Kigali.

The theme for this year festival will be "Africa Celebrated at Hillywood" The Rwanda Cinema Centre and the team behind the festival will be happy to update you as we proceed with the planning of Hillywood .
In 2004 the Rwanda Cinema Center presented the first Rwanda Film Festival. Each year the festival is held all over the country, showcasing Rwandan-made short and full-length educational and entertaining films.


The most innovative aspect of the Rwanda Film Festival is the inflatable cinema—a unique and creative way to take cinema directly to the people of Rwanda. The Rwanda Cinema Center has produced burgeoning Rwandan filmmakers and has allowed Rwandan film to be showcased internationally.

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Miss Rwanda & Miss East Africa

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Line up for Miss Rwanda 2009Tanzania hosts beauty contest to crown Miss East Africa.
Beauty queens from East Africa took part in the Miss East Africa pageant in Tanzania on Saturday night (December 19).

The highly anticipated event brought together 28 girls from 14 countries forming the East Africa block including Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Comoros, Djibuti, Seychelles, Somalia and hosts Tanzania.
Contestants competed in a total of three categories; creative wear, beach wear and evening wear.

The event was held in Dar-es-salaam's Mlimani City Complex where audience members cheered for their favourite contestant on stage.
Participants were judged on their intellect, modelling ability and how well they answered questions from a panel of judges.
Miss France 2000 Sonia Rolland Uwitonze, Rwanda Television's Kije Mugisha Rwamasirabo, tourism and tour operator Manzi Kayihura, Hooters' Vice President Kate Cole and Christine Tuyisenge of Rwanda Women Empowerment were the judges.

The coveted crown went to Rwandan contestant, Cynthia Akazuba, who was handed the crown by 2008 winner, Burundian Claudia Niyonzima.
The Miss East Africa competition is in its fourth year, and is used to promote and encourage cooperation between countries.
Miss East Africa is expected to travel across the region to learn about the most important causes faced by the people in the region.
Akazuba took home several prizes including a Range Rover worth 165,000 U.S. dollars.
Rwanda also had a winner in Annet Mahoro, who was voted "Miss Popular."

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FESPAD Festival

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Held every two years in Rwanda, the Pan-African Dance Festival/Festival Panafricain de la Danse (FESPAD) was set up by the 67th council of ministers of the former African Union Organisation (OAU) in February 1998 is an event that aims at developing the African continent and its people. Rwanda was given the honour of hosting FESPAD as a nation.

This international dance festival aims at "bringing together the African people so as to take an active part in the social, political, economic and cultural development of Africa." The festival is an occasion for Rwanda to showcase itself as a spectacular destination for dance.There is no better time to visit Rwanda than when Festpad is taking place. Join us in July 2012 for this stunning event!

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Kwita Izina

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The timeless Rwandan ceremony kwita izina (to give a name) is part of the celebration of the birth of a new child in a family. This name is selected by family members and is announced during a ceremony.  For three decades this same ceremony has been performed for Rwanda's newly born mountain gorillas by rangers, researchers and those charged with the safekeeping of these unique animals. In 2005 this Gorilla Naming Ceremony became a public ceremony hosted by then ORTPN. In 2007 the Ceremony was officially named Kwita Izina and has become an exciting part of Rwanda's tourism and conservation calendar. The event is a celebration of Rwanda's conservation efforts in protecting the endangered mountains gorillas.

The gorilla naming ceremony is a big event in Rwanda, with thousands of people attending and entertainment by traditional Intore dancers, and often other acts of an international flavor.

According to the Kwita Izina website Jack Hanna, the world-renowned zookeeper, upon attending a few years ago, called the event "the most emotional experience in my 60 years."

 Last year's Kwita Izina coincided with World Environment Day--an event similar to Earth Day that takes place in a different city with a different theme each year--that was hosted by Kigali. Thus, many international figures were in attendance,BB including representatives from the U.S., Uganda, the DRC, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the recently appointed UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Don Cheadle (of "Hotel Rwanda" fame).