Ubumuntu Arts Festival

Created for the Sake of Humanity

Art has manifested itself world over as an efficient form of communicating, expressing opinions, airing issues and sharing values about all aspects of life that affect humanity. We are convinced that art as a forum for communication, expression, reflection, innovation and creativity is a key motor for social change. As Desmond Tutu has said “My humanity is bound together in yours, for we can only be human together.” His profound words have been the inspiration behind the festival slogan: “I am because you are, you are because I am: we are human together”.The word Ubumuntu can be defined as “Being Human”. Our 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.

McNULTY PRIZE LAUREATE – Hope Azeda

As the founder and curator of the Ubumuntu Arts Festival and Organization, Hope Azeda has provided the vision for using arts to help societies around the world deal with their own traumas and to connect with the international community.

A refugee herself, Hope spent much of her upbringing in Uganda before returning to Rwanda in 1998, where she became a celebrated leader of the country’s arts sector.

She served as the Director of Civic Education of the National Unity Reconciliation Commissioner and as the director and founder of the internationally acclaimed Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company

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IN THE NEWS

Press Release

Our lives are increasingly marked and divided by borders and boundaries. At a time of increased migration, refugee crises and unequal visa policies, geographical borders are becoming more visible as lines that separate countries, regions and people. These borders influence, shape and limit our lives. Boundaries that are hidden, sometimes even invisible, have the same effect.

Can Art Heal a Broken Society?

“Where do we go from here?” In Rwanda, this question seemed unanswerable after the genocide against the Tutsi minority in 1994. The massacre of more than 1 million Rwandans, by Rwandans, shocked the world, and inflated fear and deep mistrust between friends and neighbors. After 1994, we needed to rebuild the country from ashes—a task

Rwanda’s Hope Azeda honored as a 2018 McNulty Prize Laureate

Artist and curator, Hope Azeda, h​ as been honored as a 2018 McNulty Prize Laureate. Hope is recognised for her invaluable work through the Ubumuntu Arts Festival, an international event that brings together performers from Rwanda and around the world to explore the trauma of conflict and the depths of the human experience. The Aspen