Programme – September 24, 2016

Time Session
11 am – 1:30 pm Arrival of guests for registration and security Check-in
During this time, participants can visit various exhibition stands which will be displayed by the ballroom.

2:00pm – 2:05pm Introductory note from MC
2:05 pm – 2:45pm Cultural Theatrical Performance by the National Ballet: Urukerereza
2:45pm- 2:50pm Welcome Note by Hon. Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm Panel Discussion:
A Conversation on the role of culture in development & Country building
This discussion will be an opportunity for participants to reconnect with their Rwandan culture while understanding how the core values that make up the traditional Rwandan society have helped today’s Rwanda in its reconstruction. The conversations will also highlight the importance of preservation and recovery of culture in different societies as culture can inspire growth from the personal to the national level as has been the case for Rwanda.

04:15pm – 04:25pm Entertainment
04:30 pm Arrival of the President of the Republic of Rwanda

  • National Anthem
  • Introductory remarks by MC
04:35pm to 4:40 pm Performance by Urukerereza
4:45pm – 4:50 pm Remarks by Mr. Andrew Mwenda , CEO The Independent and Friend of Rwanda
4:50pm – 4:55pm Remarks by Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church and Friend of Rwanda
04:55pm – 5:00pm Remarks by Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of Rwanda in the USA
5:00pm Keynote Address by H.E the President of the Republic of Rwanda
06:00pm- 06:30pm Celebrating our culture
Urukerereza and Childreen from diaspora performance with participants
7:00pm – 9:30 pm Igitaramo: Cross-generational show
With performances from Traditional performers to modern artists, showcasing the interconnectedness of the cultural and the global.
In this global village that is the world, Rwandans are exploring new artistic avenues that aren’t limited to the traditional. However, the core values of the Rwandan culture inform the decisions that young artists make as they continue to grow into respected ambassadors of their country and their culture through their art. In this concluding segment of the cultural celebration, the young and the old will all find a piece of their generational identity and of their cultural identity with performances from Muyango, Masamba, Mariya Yohani, Teta, Alpha, King James and Meddy