In order to promote the Rwandan Culture of valuing and celebrating achievements and crop yields from the country's soil, the Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture (RALC), in collaboration with various partners, has been organizing arts and cultural festivals during the week following the National Harvest Day. As a cultural event, Umuganura constitutes one of Rwanda's home grown solutions to national issues. The contemporary celebration of Umuganura highlights the achievements in health, education, technology, sports and leisure, trading, mining, infrastructures, cultural industries, tourism, etc. This celebration still aims at thanksgiving for Rwanda's achievements but it is also used as a platform for setting strategies to for further achievements. Features / activities / frequency: Umuganura is an annual event held on the first Friday of August and it is a public holiday. But the festival is celebrated during a week leading to the Umuganura day.
Main activities include:
- Arts performances prepared by artists' unions and federations members of the Rwanda Arts Council;
- Exhibitions (painting, handicraft, CDs: film and music);
- Conferences on creative industries.
From 2016, the celebration of Umuganura accompanies the week of artistic celebration called Art and Culture festival. It is a mixture of cultural manifestation and celebration of national harvest. Umuganura celebration in the week of arts and culture festival helps local artists to get a national wide platform to perform and make some money. This also helps all involved parties to celebrate and promote local cultural products and the creative arts sector.
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Various public and private stakeholders are also heavily involved.