The Land of 1000 Hills comes alive with KigaliUp 2.0 – Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th
Venue: Roundabout Park in Kimihurura - Kigali.
On September 10, 2011, the first annual KigaliUp Festival was a magical, ground-breaking event featuring over 30 Rwandan, East African, European and North American artists performing on 2 stages to a diverse audience of more than 3000 people. Over 35 Rwandan artisan vendors and collectives were part of the festival, organized by 70 Rwandan and international volunteers.
The festival is the vision of Juno Award-winning Rwandan-Canadian artist Mighty Popo, who is working with a team of local and international arts industry veterans, including Rwanda’s events company, Positive Productions.
KigaliUp celebrates Africa’s deep, diverse musical traditions, including traditional music, blues, gospel, hip-hop, funk, and reggae.
Senegal’s Ismael Lo will wow audiences with his percussion-laden mbalax songs. Representing Kenya are award-winning bandleader and drummer Kidum and the quirky 6-piece Afropop ensemble Ma3. Fortran, a talented gospel performer, and Steven Sogo, with his re-imagined traditional songs, will do Burundi proud. American blues revivalist Corey Harris, who collaborated with the late Ali Farka Touré, makes his first trip to Rwanda with his band. From Southern Africa revel in the fresh hip-hop sounds and poetry of South Africa’s Tumi and the Volume and Zimbabwean master mbira player Chiwoniso.
Samputu, Ikobe, Mani Martin, Ingeri International, Chouchou Mihigo, Gaby, Kamichi, King James, Ingoma Nshya, Moriah, Jay Polly, Riderman, Rafiki, Eric Soul, Jules Sentore, Urban Boys, and many more popular and emerging artists from the region will perform alongside world-renowned international artists.
KigaliUp is much more than a 2-day concert. Creative workshops between Rwandan, African and international artists will be held throughout the week at the French Institute Rwanda’s studio for music, Heaven restaurant, Ishyo, and Maison des Jeunes de Kimisagara.
Like a miniature village for the weekend, KigaliUp will bring the park to life with 2 stages, an arts & craft marketplace, food from around the world, and beer gardens. With something for everyone, it’s the perfect place to celebrate with your friends and family.
Gates open at 1:00pm both days. Tickets will be available at the gate 2000 RWF per day or 3000 RWF for the weekend. Or, better yet, become a Festival Supporter for 10 000 RWF per day or 15 000 RWF for the weekend, with the chance to win great prizes.
For more information:
KigaliUp Infoline: +250 786866870
Programming: Popo at firstname.lastname@example.org or +250 788 45 11 10
Production: Judo at email@example.com or +250 788 506 028
Volunteer: Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org or +250 783 692 270