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Newsletter November 2023

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Dear Readers,

the month of November starts as busy as the month of October ends.

We are happy that we can realize so many great exhibitions, dance and theatre performances, fashion shows and music events together with the artists these days.

You are cordially invited to all the upcoming events! 

To stay up to date, join our Whats-App group and follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Best regards, we look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!

Your Goethe-Team

Language department

Our language department

has a new assistant. Eddy will support our language department from now on and we are very happy to welcome him to our team! 

Apart from that, our students are rapidly approaching their exams.
The registration period for external candidates runs from the 6th to the 10th of November and the registration period for internal candidates from 13th to the 17th of November.
After that, the exams will be held from the 20th to the 27th. 

For more details, visit our website or contact the  Language Office at any time.

Upcoming Events

Forest Partners

© Science Film Festival

Screening "Forest Partners"

"Forest Partners" is one of the films which will be shown during the Science Film Festival. 

The documentary highlights an often unseen side of forests – the economic ecosystems thriving between public and private organisations and local communities. The film demonstrates solutions that combine technology and traditional knowledge to protect tropical forests, with shared benefits. Forest Partners showcases successful innovations in sustainable production systems worldwide, proving it is possible to obtain social, environmental, and economic benefits by preserving or restoring forest landscapes. The initiatives documented by the film are set in South America, Africa, and Asia, in regions where there are still preserved forest landscapes, but where the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation are already widely felt.

The film will be shown at the Goethe Institut on the 1st of November at 6pm. Experts in conservation and ecosystem will be on the panel to discuss the topics of the film and to answer all the questions of the audience. 
When the smoke has cleared

© Grace Uwizeye

Screening "When the smoke has cleared"

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

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"

© Timothy Wandulu

"Andi Mayira – Other Paths"

Timothy Wandulu is another winner of our Call for Application. In the form of his exhibition "Andi Mayira – Other Paths", he aims to initiate a social dialogue about the history of Rwanda from the 1890s to the present day. It is based on archival research and documents in the form of archival photographs, written texts, artifacts and fabrics.
The exhibition will begin on Monday the 6th of November at 6pm with an opening. It will be open from then until the 10th of November. From 5.30 to 6 pm, the artist will be on site daily to supervise the exhibition.
European Film Festival

© European Film Festival

European Film Festival

From the 15th to the 19th of November, films will be 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 can be seen at Century Cinema, Canal Olympia, Institut Francais Rwanda and Cine Elmay. The exact program will be announced on our channels.

© Natacha Muziramakenga


UTI? is a cross sectorial science fiction project by Natacha Muziramakenga, featuring Mikah Hirwa and Gael Hirwa, that seeks to use science as a base to imagine an alternative future of a Rwanda that would have not 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.

Welcome to the exhibition showcasing the results of the first phase of the research. It will take place at the Goethe-Institut from the 18th to the 25th of November. 
Bikutsi 3000

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"Bikutsi 3000"

The production Bikutsi 3000 from Blick Bassy was created in Cameroon in 2022. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Kamerun, the Institut Français du Cameroun and with support from the Franco-German Cultural Fund. In 2023, the dance show will tour the countries of origin of the participating dancers, in particular Togo, Rwanda and Tanzania. In Kigali the dancers will perform during the East African Nights of Tolerance. The exact performance date will be announced soon.  

© Goethe-Institut Kigali


"What if our own African hair was human like us and could speak? What would it think about our perceptions of it? "

INDEMARUGAMBA Theatre Play coming out in November 2023. It will be performed at the Institut Francais Kigali on the 30th of November.

Written and Directed by: Bingo Regis 
Produced by: Akarwa Ka Mivano and Goethe-Institut Rwanda 

Past Events

No Planet B

© Goethe-Institut Kigali

"No Planet B"

From the 29th of September to the 4th of October Kolbe Maximilien presented his exhibition "NO Planet B" at the Goethe-Institut.

The project took up the important topic of sustainability in the fashion industry and stimulated interesting and future-oriented discussions.

Go follow @noplanetb.rw on Instagram to learn about the exhibiting initiatives!
Volkano Fun Fest

© Isaac Rudakubana

Volkano Festival 2023

We still have music in our heads, bodys and hearts from Volkano Festival, Rwanda's only annual multicultural gathering celebrating the cosmopolitan diversity of African music and arts. Volkano Fest featured a wide range of live musicians, bands, instrumentalists, DJs, poets and performing artists, as well as craft exhibitions and sales from Rwanda, the region and the world. It represented our call on action for positive social change and environmental conservation.
Checkmate Mido x Angell Mutoni

© Goethe Institut Kigali

Checkmate Mido x Angell Mutoni

The musicians Checkmate Mido and Angell Mutoni offered a workshop for aspiring artists. The workshop took place with participants with different levels of experience in the field of creative writing and poetry. The overall goal was to strengthen creativity and avoid writer's blockades with simple tasks that are close to everyday life. The catchphrase was: "Remove the desire to be poetic".

The participants benefited from the personal experiences of Checkmate and Angell related to the developments of their styles and the milestones of their career. All of them were inspired enough to present a poem or a rap in the open-mic session in the evening. Both the artists and the audience were visibly enthusiastic about the performances. The fact that some of them were performing in front of an audience for the first time was not apparent at all.

Checkmate Mido and Angell Mutoni ended the day full of creativity with a concert that got the entire audience dancing.
Kigali Utopia Installation

© Goethe Institut Kigali

"Kigali Utopia" Installation

Kigali Utopia was a new art project by Abdoul Mujyambere a Rwandan multidisciplinary artist based in Kigali. With this new art project the artist created a new universe "Kigali Utopia" where he merged different art mediums to manifest his art vision experience through visual art installations, fashion and live art performances.

The exhibition opened on the 16th of October with an impressive event where the audience was treated to both an emotional dance performance and a fashion show by Mujyambere's own label. 
Weekend Culturel Décolonial

© Goethe-Institut Kigali

Weekend Culturel Décolonial

The annual event of the IRIBA Cultural Centre for Multimedia Heritage in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Rwanda dealt in depth with colonial heritage and contemporary issues. The 5th edition took place from the 27th to 29th October 2023. The days were filled with workshops and talks that encouraged critical reflection on contemporary issues, theatre performances and musical interludes. 

We were able to learn a lot during the weekend and are already looking forward to further events together with the IRIBA Cultural Centre!
Inherited Sorrow

© Turatsinze Christophe

Inherited Sorrow

"Inherited Sorrow" is the play by Jean Jules Irakoze, which was performed on the 31st of October. It explores the experiences of the generation after the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The focus is on the inheritance of memories.

With the play, Irakoze was able to show how we sometimes remember the memories of others more vividly than our own and how these memories shape our daily lives. 
The very personal and impressive play visibly touched the audience.