Logo:Goethe-Institut Claim:Sprache. Kultur. Deutschland.

Newsletter April 2024

Deutsch | English

Dear readers,

As April comes to an end, we welcome May with open arms! As the old saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers".

Although the official Kwibuka Memorial Week took place from April 7th-14th, the 100-day memorial period continues. In this regard, you can still expect upcoming events that address this important issue and contribute to remembrance and reconciliation.

The application deadline for our "Open Call for Artistic Projects" 2024 ended on 14th of April and we thank all the applicants, as we have received a large number of applications. We are grateful for all the interesting proposals and to see the diverse range of artists that applied. The reviewing phase will continue during the next weeks but we will update all applicants via e-Mail. 

Stay up to date via our Social Media channels (Instagram, Facebook, X) and visit our website for more information as well as the animated short movie The Tale of Salima by Amuri Patel.

Best regards,
The Goethe-Team

Our Language Department

Classes Starting

© Goethe-Institut Kigali

New Trimester, New Students: Welcome!

The examination phase of the first trimester was successfully completed and with the start of the second term on 6th of May, we look forward to welcoming all new students. At the moment there are still some seats available in some of the courses so in case you missed the registration period, please do contact the language department as soon as possible.

You can find more information here or if you want to contact the language department, please call +250 785 242 959 or write to language-kigali@goethe.de

Upcoming Events


© jonahkochfilms

Cello Concert by Theo Bross

Theo Bross, a German cellist living in Rwanda, will perform a classical music concert at our institute on Thursday, May 2nd at 6pm, with the world-famous six suites for unaccompanied cello by J.S. Bach.
These are regarded as the old testament for cellists and we are delighted that this event with German music under the palm trees of Kigali, invites intercultural encounters. We cordially invite all interested persons, regardless of your knowledge of classical music to join us for this event.
U SPEAK-Live poetry Collective

© Goethe-Institut Kigali

"U SPEAK LIVE" Slam performance

The “U-SPEAK Live” initiative is a poetry collective that aims to establish a dynamic slam scene in Kigali and promote the talents of young people, especially within the local artist scene. Furthermore, it aims to create a vibrant platform for artistic expression and social engagement through monthly slam events and an annual slam festival.

The first event of this project is a five-day slam workshop and the results will be presented at a spectacular slam performance on May 4th, 2024 at the Goethe-Institut Kigali. The poetic creation “A Tale of Redemption” reflects the transformative power and resilience of the Rwandan people after 30 years since the genocide against the Tutsi.
"Bodies unbound" performance

© Jerome Vorzanger

"Bodies Unbound" dance and theater performance

Since its premiere on January 31, 2023 at the Goethe-Institut Kigali, the dance and theater piece “Bodies unbound” has won several awards both in Africa and Europe. As the theater will go on a second tour through the Democratic Republic of Congo and Europe this summer, we are pleased that the play will be performed in an extended version at our institute. 

“BODIES UNBOUND” is a poignant dance-theater production that explores the intricate interplay between the human body and gender. At the heart of “BODIES UNBOUND”the piece, is the power of community and the collective strength that emerges when people come together to tackle these pressing issues.

Past events

"Inherited sorrow" von Jean-Jules Irakoze  at "Our Past"

Mucyo Djuledji

Inherrited sorrow Theater von Jean-Jules Irakoze bei "Our Past"

The event “Our Past - Forget not your past” at the Nyanza Genocide Memorial in Kicukiro was organized by the Rwandan youth initiative. With over 6000 visitors, there was an extremely large crowd to discuss the commemoration around Kwibuka and the burdens that the young adults see in themselves and society.

The performance of the play “Inherited Sorrow” by Jean-Jules Irakoze offered the audience profound insights into the challenges and emotional strain experienced by the postgenocide generations after 1994. 
"Les femmes debout" official opening event

© L'Espace

Les Femmes Debout

In the middle of the Car free zone in Kigali, the project of the Franco-German Cultural Fund was presented to the public at an official opening during the Kwibuka commemoration week. German, French and Rwandan partners came together to discuss and honor the installations of various sizes and shapes. 

The artworks, created by French-Jewish artist Bruce Clarke, show a powerful connection between past and present with a focus on the role of women. They are intended to invite joint reflection and are the contribution of the German and French institutions in Kigali to the commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.