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Official Opening of FESPAD - Amahoro National Stadium

Day 1

The opening ceremony promises to be a spectacular display of fireworks which will illuminate the beauty of the Rwandan sky, followed by an event filled with brilliant color like Africa is renowned for coupled with the amazing local flavor for which we are famous.

As usual the stadium will be filled to the brim with dance enthusiasts from across Africa and the world. We will have guest nations take part in a colorful dance-style parade. The opening ceremony will feature URUKEREREZA which is a ballet that gathers artists from different districts and regions of Rwanda for the purpose of promoting, conserving and preserving the Rwandan culture through songs, dances, drama,  also known as the Rwanda National Ballet, the troupe has wowed audiences across Europe, China, Japan and India among others.

The opening ceremony will launch the week long dance festival with rhythm filled concert featuring popular local, regional and international artist.

Sunday 24th February 2013

Day 2:

Rwandans have begun to adopt the ethos that ‘To dance is to live,’ Day 2 will see the launch of the Dance Workshops which have been growing in popularity.  From the morning hours already popular dance venues will open their doors to dance enthusiasts from across the world. Popular dance styles will be taught to all at their different levels from beginner to intermediate, expert volunteers can join in teaching others.

The Dance Competition for Kigali region will also take place on Day 2, pitting the best dance groups from each district in both traditional and contemporary styles, competing for at the best prize of the National dance competition.


Monday 25th February 2013

Day 3

Day 3 will see the dance action move to the eastern province a beautiful tranquil location and home of the scenic Akagera National Park, the Serengeti of Rwanda. Dance competitions for the eastern province will take place in Rwamagana.

Day 3 will see a continuation of Country Performances in Kigali and Rwamagana and this time the country performers will be taken to the eastern province to show case their Dance. Day 3 will also see a continuation of the Dance workshops.

Tuesday 26th February 2013

Day 4

The dance competition will move to the Southern Province, arguably the home of much of Rwanda’s culture and historywhich earned it the name of the Heritage Corridor. This region is also the home of the first church in Rwanda built in 1900 and the second Basilica on the African Continent. It is also the home of many an interesting tale about flying rocks and monster Boa Constrictors, it is definitely a place to visit.

Day 4 will see the Country Performances continue in Kigali and share their dance culture with Huye, the home of Rwanda’s oldest university and the National Museums of Rwanda.

Wednesday 27th February 2013

Day 5

The magic and spirit of dance will continue its journey into the western province, home of the magnificent Nyungwe forest, one of Africa's last surviving patches of primeval pre-Ice Age rainforests and one of the world's richest and most diverse eco-systems and home to 25 percent of all of Africa's primates.

The festival will take the beat and rhythm of African dance to Karongi, home to Lake Kivu with fresh water, picturesque shores, Magnificient Island and stunning views which will play host to the Western province dance competitions.

Thursday 28th February 2013

Day 6

In what is expected to be a pulsating and colorful event, day 6 will feature the African Dance competition will also take place on this day. It will feature all participating African countries go head to head to see who will have the bragging rights as best African dance troupe for the 9th FESPAD.

The host city of the Northern Province dance competitions, Musanze is the home of the world famous Volcanoes National Park, home of the Mountain gorilla and the cheeky golden monkeys. This week we will take the dance competition to the home of the mountain Gorilla and who knows, we could teach them a move or two at best we should see some dance styles mimicking the famous Silverback.

Friday 1st March 2013

FESPAD Kivu Party - Gisenyi

On this wind-down-Friday, the festival will be offering a chance to all the busy corporates, constrained by work, to ‘Take a break, head down to the scenic town of Gisenyi and DANCE! This event which is done in the form of music-cum dance concert, promises to be bigger and better than the previous. .

Saturday 2nd March 2013

Official closing ceremony of FESPAD - Amahoro National Stadium

All good things must come to an end but by all means we will end with a show like never before. The dance festival will be signing off but not signing out, we will have shaken Africa to the core with the rhythm and beat of DANCE!, enough to keep it going till the next FESPAD.

The last day will also see the various winners of the competitions showcase their winning performances prior to being awarded their respective prizes.

And in typical African style, the festival will close with a concert featuring a major international artiste and regional and local artistes as well as having the rest of the world joining Africa to ‘Take a break. DANCE!’


Dance workshops will be taking place at different locations in Kigali throughout the duration of the festival.



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