On your weekend plans, consider Kigali city as a prime destination for a full package of entertainment, food and networking.
A series of activities are lined up including; music, dance, comedy and harvest festivals. Colourful posters announcing tempting events are raised along streets and circulating all over social media platforms.
However, the weather is tricky around this time of the month. Carry your jacket- the clouds are heavy and are about to pour out. The rainy season is almost on.
Here are some of the scheduled events;
Coke Studio Launch
Music is one of the core unifying forces for Rwandans. Their love for music transcends gender, religion, language, social class, and even political affiliations.
This weekend, on August 26th, the world’s largest beverage brand – Coca-Cola will refresh the local music sector with the opening of the first Coke Studio event in the country.
Local artist Bruce Melody will perform at the launch. Melody is the first Rwandan artist to participate on Coke studio Africa edition.
The Opening of Coke Studio will be held at Beruit in Kibagabaga.
Ugandan Comedian Kansiime Anne in Seka Live
For rib breaking laughter, don’t miss Uganda’s Queen of comedy Anne Kansiime – she is in town and will feature in third edition of Seka Live on Saturday, 26th at Serena Hotel.
“Kigali, I am excited and I can’t wait to sing, dance and make you laugh as we celebrate the victory of our Mr. handsome,” she said on her official Instagram account.
Meanwhile, Kansiime will share the stage with Rwanda’s leading comedians like Nkusi Arthur, Babu Joe, Kimenyi Herve, among others.
Kwita Izina Gala Dinner
On September 1st the world will descend to the foot of the volcanoes national park in Musanze district for a gorilla naming ceremony.
A gala dinner is organised for August 26th as part of a fundraising campaign to support mountain gorilla conservation.
The Ben’ a U.S-based Rwandan musician will perform at the event – expect hit songs like Habibi and Am in love among other songs.
After the Gala dinner there will be a 2-day conservation exhibition on 28-29th this month and a conservation dialogue before the official day of ‘Kwita Izina’.
Last year, Rwanda earned $404 Million from tourism. The target is to raise $444 million this year.
Umuganura 2017 ‘Harvest day’
Since August 20th, there have been corresponding events across the country to celebrate this year’s Umuganura – the National Harvest Day.
On Saturday 26th there will be a closing ceremony entitled ‘Nyanza Twataramye’ that will be held in Nyanza district.
‘Nyanza Twataremye’ is usually a colorful event presenting different activities in form of culture.
Umuganura has for centuries been an important ceremony in Rwanda at the start of every harvest season uniting the subjects and the monarch.
Blankets and Wine KGL
Sunday is going to be a day of fun, mingling and entertainment at the ‘Blankets and Wine’ at Kigali Golf Course in Nyarutarama.
It is the first time Kigali hosts ‘Blankets and Wine’ event and organizers say the day will be full of food, drinks, and good music.
Uganda’s artist Lillian Mbabazi will be among the headline acts, alongside Bruce Melodie, Mike Kayihura, Ange Mutoni, Andy Buntu among other great vocalists.
Meanwhile, there is also an ongoing Expo a one-stop shop to source and display commodities. It offers a variety of entertainment to both kids and elders.
With all these activities and more, Rwanda will be boiling with celebrations, fun and money making.