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UBUMUNTU ARTS FESTIVAL - 3rd EDITION The 3rd edition of Ubumuntu Arts Festival will take place 14th to 16th July 2017 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Amphitheatre. The entrance is FREE and OPEN TO EVERYONE because we believe that art should be shared and accessible to all members of society. The festival is financed by sponsors, partners and donations. This year we are launching "DONATE AS YOU CAN" in order to keep the festival free for everyone. We wish that the donators will permit us to continue sharing and promoting arts as a way of feeling our human nature.  The word Ubumuntu can be defined as “Being Human.” The festival aims at creating an avenue where people from different walks of life can come together and speak to each other in the language of Art. The festival tagline, is a quote from Desmond Tutu, “I am because you are, you are because I am: we are human together.”   From the threat of climate change, war and civil unrest in various parts of the world, war and violence continue to be some of the core challenges that face all of humanity. Rwanda is still recovering from the effects of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi that took over 1,000,000 lives.   Art plays a crucial role in tackling Rwanda’s immense post genocide challenges; From genocide perpetrators giving truthful testimonies, to victims forgiving perpetrators, public performative acts were part of the healing process and one of the stepping stones on the way to reconciliation and a peaceful future.  Through the festival, the creators aim to support the national and international peace building processes by spreading messages of hope through theatre and other forms of performing arts.   The festival takes place annually immediately following the 100 day commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. It is held at the outdoor amphitheater of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.  Festival activities include but are not limited to performances, workshops, panel discussions and genocide memorial site visits. The festival is open to all and is financed by partners, sponsors and voluntary donations. WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY “This festival will spread the culture of peace and humanity. It will help artists who come from other nations to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, and learn about our history so they can become ambassadors for humanity and share a message of peace back home.” Yves Kamoronsi, Country Director of Aegis Trust. “ We are more interested in the Ubumuntu Arts Festival exchange that has taken place in the genocide memorial a couple of times...we thought a great concept for our students would be about how the Arab world can learn from Rwandans; meaning how Rwandans are progressing, the forgiveness process, the letting go and moving on and making sure that they are avoiding it can ever happen again.” Mariam Harraz, Creative Producer at Hot Spot Films.  PERFORMERS  This year we are welcoming performers from all around the world : USA, Belgium, South Africa, UK, Burundi, Uganda, DRC, Iraq, Kenya, Sweden, Lebanon, Nigeria, Czech Republic, India, and the host country, Rwanda.  Some of the highlights from this year include:  THE CHIBOK GIRLS: OUR STORY - Renegade Theatre (Nigeria) Introducing the Chibok Girls story from Nigeria, a theatre production by the Renegade Theatre Company about the 200 girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram from their school dormitories on the night of April the 14th 2014, this heart rending story had in the original cast some of the girls who managed to escape their captors. It tracks the events leading to that level of lawlessness, the aftermath of the incident and the impact on the region and the world as a whole.  ''Through the use of testimonial and documentary theatre, it follows the lives of the kidnapped students as well as other inhabitants of the region, attempts to lay bare situations that have traumatized a whole nation and therein foster healing. BARZAKH - Minwal Theatre Company (Lebanon) Barzakh, the loose translation of Isthmus in Arabic, is the barrier between two things. It is also the place that stands in between earth and the afterlife from the moment of death and until judgment, for (s)he whom has passed shall enter into a timeless and placeless space, where “No living being says to the dead: be me”.  Many questions trouble the mind of human beings, from the thought of existence and being through to the end of life, or death, passing through time and the attempt to determine it.  Humans are born into a world of experiences that begin and end, while the sole constant is time – never stopping, even with the sudden stop of a human being’s heartbeat.  The event in this theatre performance is the moment that is built upon through a situation. And this situation is focused on an accident that has pushed the actress (Roaa Bzeih) into the realm of the Isthmus - from one space of time into another - where she was revived after 35-minute of resuscitation due to a cessation of a heartbeat as a result of a tragic car accident that almost took her life. BUDGET As a NGO, our main source of revenue is donation from individuals and sponsors. As this is the third edition, our objective this year is to balance our budget with less stress than the years before. For that we need your amazing support ! The 5000€ objective corresponds to 7% of the all festival budget and it is exactly what we miss to make it ! If this fundrising campaign is a success and we outreach the objective (I'm keeping my fingers crossed), all the extra money will be use to cover the performers fees or to prepare next year.  Obviously, all the money will be used for the festival itself, nothing will be used as salary for the organization. All of us are here to deals with arts and humanity, not to make money on it. As part the festival is a performance around humanity, we cannot have people pay for the entrance. "Donate as you can" is the way of contributing to our organization during the festival and after.

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