Kwita Izina, translated as giving a name is the ultimate tourism event in Rwanda. The popular celebration convenes local and international guests to take part in the ancient Rwandan practice of naming newborn baby gorillas. Since its inception, 216 baby gorillas have been named, reflecting Rwanda’s growing conservation achievements. Globally renowned individuals are often called on to name the baby gorillas. Past namers include Don Cheadle, Natalie Portman, Jeffrey Sachs and Ken Rogers.
The week preceding Kwita Izina is a popular time to visit Rwanda and meet tons of interesting people. Networking and business opportunies abound through series of interactive sessions on hot topics in tourism and conservation.
Hobe Rwanda event is an annual celebration of culture through dance and music. Initiated in 2011, the event has grown tremendously in number of artists it features and the crowd it attracts.
Hobe Rwanda has found success and a mass following through its display of local artists namely painters, dancers, singers and poets who interpret their work rooted in Rwandan tradition. The event which celebrates its 5th anniversary this year takes guests on a voyage deep into the rich Rwandan culture by combining the old with the new.
KigaliUp is a dynamic celebration of diversity, creativity and the evolution of art, culture and music. The international music festival is a yearly tradition music revelers across Rwanda and the continent have come to expect. The three day summer festival features Rwanda’s fresh musical talents and established artists in an effort to promote and grow the local music industry. In addition to the booming local performers, the festival brings together popular artists from across the globe. Past international stars include Habib Koite of Mali, Sauti Sol of Kenya, Eddy Kenzo of Uganda and Joey Blake of the USA. The annual festival is the ultimate gathering place with a family-friendly zone, food and beverage stand and local arts and crafts market.
Tour du Rwanda
Tour du Rwanda is an international cycling race that gathers cyclists from across the globe to compete with the host nation, Rwanda. The calendar event, recognized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) attracts participants from as far as North America, Belgium and France to closer counterparts from Ethiopia, Algeria, South Africa and the East African region. The weeklong event is held annually in November is an extraordinary sporting spectacle which Rwandans and international visitors can experience countrywide.
Kigali Fashion Week
The event is prepared to be a milestone for the establishment of the “School of Arts” in Rwanda that will promote Rwandan designers and help talented young people gain access to education, become self-entrepreneurs. Kigali Fashion week explores the intersection of fashion dressing by bringing together the mainstream fashion communities, local, regional and international fashion designers.
Kigali Fashion week is an inspiration and an encouragement to further nurture innovation in both creative and commercial endeavors in the Rwandan’s new era of creative economy.
Kigali Peace Marathon
Kigali Peace Marathon takes place in Kigali capital of Rwanda. The marathon is divided into five categories; full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), 10.54km marathon team relays, 5km course for children and
5km run for Fun race. The organisation is under the lead of Ministry for sports and culture. Finisher Tshirt for all and Medal for Marathonist. 4000 athletes are expected to grace the Marathon.
Rwanda Film Festival
The Rwanda Film Festival also known as Hillywood, is one of the country’s most important cultural event and figures amongst Africa’s most prestigious festivals.
For seven days, films lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals, and media watch the best in new cinema for established masters and new local talent. The principal objective is to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema in Rwanda.
Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show
Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show is forum for local and international cultural fashion designers, to showcase their designs. The 3 days event is an exchange of fashion, lifestyles and art by emerging and established fashion designers with the goal to promote fashion designers and create public awareness of the talent and quality designs in Rwanda. Since 2012 , It brings together fashion designers, policy makers and consumers. The 4th edition will feature more modern African designs such as Igitenge (african print) and batik and other creative works by aspiring dynamic african designers. Don’t miss this year’s annual edition taking place in September.