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Newsletter December 2023

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Dear readers,

we are rapidly approaching the end of the year. Many events happened the past months and for december we have one more performance from this years Call for Applications in our program.

Please also have a look at the career section on our website. We are currently looking for a curator to work together with the Goethe-Institutes Sub-Saharan Africa on the "House of African Feminisms" for 2024.

We wish all of you a wonderful december and happy holidays. Thank you for following our newsletter, studying with us, coming to events and making our work meaningful. We highly appreciate that we are able to look back at a year full of great experiences and are looking excited for what next year has to offer. Hopefully, you will be part of it too. 

Our institute will remain closed from December 22nd to January 2nd. We're looking forward to seeing you in 2024.

Happy holidays and take care,
the Goethe-Team

Language department

Our Language department

is preparing for the exams, which will take place from December 4th-8th. The results will be sent out to the candidates on December 12th.

Furthermore, our first term of 2024 will start in January. If you are interested in a German course, please already note the registration period from January 8th-12th. You can find more information and the course schedule on our website
Our language department will also be closed during the holidays, from December 20th until January 7th.

Upcoming Events


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"Variations" is an interactive mime theater for children age 5 to 10. Burundian comedian Bareth and his partner Mimi are performing accompanied by live violin music. Created by Atelier theatre et Science. 
The play displays scenes in different variations, in different worlds. It allows the children be curios about different outcomes of situations.

Parents are asked to stay with their children for the duration of the play. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Past Events

Kigali Utopia Installation

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Kigali Utopia Installation

"KIGALI UTOPIA" is a new art project by Abdoul Muyambere, a Rwandan multidisciplinary artist based in Kigali. With this project the artist created a new universe "KIGALI UTOPIA" in which he fused different art mediums to manifest his vision through visual art installations, fashion and live art performances.

The opening event took place at Moshions and included a fashion show of Muyambere's own fashion line and a dance performance.
Afterwards, the exhibition was on display at Moshions from the 14th to the 21st of October and then at the Goethe-Institut until the 4th of November.
Forest Partners

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Screening "Forest Partners" (Science Film Festival)

The screening happended at our institute as part of the Science Film Festival 2023. 
Thanks again very much to the panelists Prof. Telesphore Kabera and Prof. Beth Ann Kaplin for giving insights on forest usage in Rwanda and the interesting discussions on the movie.
When the Smoke has Cleared

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Screening "When the Smoke has Cleared"

As one of the selected applicants from our Call for Applications, Chockie Grace shared her film "When the smoke has cleared" with the audience on Friday, 3rd of November. The screening was framed by a theatre-dance performance by Chockie Grace and Nina Salim, poetry contributions and an open Q&A session. 

The film deals with the issue of emotional abuse in relationships and how this affects the individual.

Chockie Grace chooses the following words for her film: 

"She hides her pain behind her soft smile to numb her pain, but gets carried away.The more she grows, the more it grows. She can't run she can't out run it; the pain. She floats on the flow when the smoke had cleared."
"Andi Mayira" Other Paths. - Opening Event

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"Andi Mayira" – Other Paths.

Timothy Wandulus exhibition displayed multiple paintings he created based on archival materials. Raising a discourse on  Rwandas past and the social impact artifacts have nowadays. 
The opening event was a huge success also thanks to Jacques Ngiyigena, Vivaldi Ngenzi and Natasha Muziramakenga putting his work into a bigger picture and explaining the discourse. 
European Film Festival

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European Film Festival

From the 15th to the 19th of November, several films from numerous European countries were screened in Kigali at various locations as part of the European Film Festival.

The festival reflects the creativity of the European continent and aims to promote intercultural exchange.
The films in different languages could be seen at Century Cinema, Canal Olympia, Institut Francais Rwanda and Cine Elmay. 

The German contribution was the film "Berlin Alexanderplatz", which tells the story of Francis, an illegal refugee in Germany, and how he learns to find his way in the city with all its ups and downs.
Umugara w’ikimanuka

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"Umagara w'ikimanuka"

From the 18th of November the 30th of November, "Umagara w'ikimanuka" was displayed at the Goethe Institut.

The exhibition, showcased the results of the first phase of "UTI?", a cross sectorial science fiction project by Natacha Muziramakenga featuring Mikah Hirwa, Gael Hirwa and Nelson Niyakire, that seeks to use science as a base to imagine an alternative future of a Rwanda that would not have been colonized in the past.

The project comes in different phases from research to execution, resulting in a video game, a graphic novel, and an animation movie. In Muziramakenga's words, UTI was "Chapter 1, verse 1" of the project.
Bikutsi 3000

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"Bikutsi 3000"

On Friday, the 24th of November, "Bikutsi 3000" was performed live on stage.

The production Bikutsi 3000 from Blick Bassy was created in Cameroon in 2022 in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Cameroon, the Institute Fancais Cameroon and with support from the Franco-German Cultural Fund.

In the last days before, the show toured the countries of origin of the participating dancers, in particular Togo and Tanzania and the came to Rwanda. The dancers performed in Kigali during the East African Nights of Tolerance.

The dance performance, through which stories from the respective countries were told, was very powerful and visibly moved the audience.

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On the 25th of November, Winnie Ange presented her piece "Ndabaga" on stage.

The performance included theater, dance and music to tell the fairytale of the brave woman Ndabaga.

The piece was perfomed as part if the East African Nights of Tolerance.
INDEMARUGAMBA theater performance

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INDEMARUGAMBA is a theater project directed by Bingo Regis and in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Kigali. The premiere was hosted by l'Espace at Institut Francais du Rwanda, where they also showed the short documentary about the creation of the theater piece.
The play deals with the influence of traditional and modern hairstyles and how they can cause interfamiliar conflicts. The evening was full of great acting performances and unusual costumes.