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Culture & Heritage

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Made in Rwanda Fashion

Fashion & Style

Though it would have been a pipe dream some years ago, today Kigali is cosmopolitan enough to host not one, but two fashion festivals every year, and for fashionistas and those on the cutting edge of style, they offer a fantastic opportunity to see the cultural fusion of western and Rwandan styles that the country’s finest designers negotiate and create daily. Kigali Fashion Week takes place every July, and hosts dozens of international, local, and upcoming young designers, while the Rwanda Cultural Fashion Week showcases even more local and international talent every September.

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Festivals & Events

Festivals and Events

A celebration of Rwandan creativity and nature. Among events held each year includes the Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony held at the Volcanoes National Park where new baby gorillas are named for purpose of conservation, the Kigali Up festival which brings together music from across the world to Kigali, and the Rwanda Film Festival that showcases films from Rwanda, Africa and Across the world.

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Kigali Cultural Village

A traditional market space where local artisans & food vendors exhibit and trade their goods, the Kigali Cultural Village also hosts events, workshops, festivals and music.

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Museums & Art Galleries

From artefacts dating back to the olden days to contemporary art, Rwanda's museums and galleries make for an interesting insight into that which makes us who we are.

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Rwandan Culture and Traditions

Rwandan culture has many traditions including traditional Intore dancing, basketry and Umuganda.

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Museums & Art Galleries

King’s Palace

A reconstruction of the traditional royal residence, the King's Palace is a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive. At the back live a few long-horned Inyambo cattle, descended from the king's herd, whose keepers carefully tend and sing to them, keeping alive a unique tradition.

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Ethnographic Museum

The Ethnographic Museum, also known as the National Museum, houses perhaps the finest ethnographic collection in East Africa.

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Museums & Art Galleries

Rwanda Art Museum

Formerly the Presidential Palace Museum, this new museum displays contemporary artworks from Rwanda as well as abroad. It hosts temporary and travelling exhibitions alongside the permanent collection.

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Kigali Genocide Memorial

The Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi is where 250,000 victims have been buried. This memorial also serves to educate about how the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi took shape and examines genocide in the 20th century.

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Kandt House Museum

The Kandt House Museum looks at colonialism in relation to Rwanda, set in the old house of the first colonial governor.

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Museum of the Environment

The Museum of the Environment is an educational centre, helping people to understand and safeguard their environment. It aims to ensure integrated and durable development.

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