I am Kigali Street Party kicked off YouthConnekt Summit 2017

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This last Wednesday July 19th #IamKigali invited the public to celebrate youth and diversity with a street party at the Car Free Zone, officially kicking off YouthConnekt Summit 2017.

YouthConnekt and the Ministry of Youth and ICT partnered with Impact Hub Kigali, IOM, UNDP, Bralirwa, Positive Productions and Afrogroov to organize a concert for the beginning of Youth Connekt Summit that is currently being held in Kigali from July 19th to 21sth.

This Wednesday more than 1.700 delegates from all over Africa and Kigali’s multicultural crowd gathered in the Car Free Zone in Kiovu to celebrate youth and diversity. In his opening words Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister for Youth and ICT greeted the crowd, welcoming all delegates to YouthConnekt: „This is what YouthConnekt is about.

Young people from across the continent are connecting tonight. By talking, laughing and dancing together. “

The evening opened with Kinga Blues and Makumbi Sound bringing Kigali’s finest Blues and Jazz on the stage, followed by spoken word artist Eric OneKey who gave the goose bumps with his wordsmith magic. A refugee troupe from Burundi energized the crowd with their drumming and dancing and dancer Abdoul Muyjambere got them moving, teaching traditional Rwandan dance moves.

DJ Prime, Angel Mutoni, Eric Soul, Deo Munyakazi and Mike Kayihura joined the line-up with their new project Components RW fusing multi-disciplinary art forms in innovative ways.

The evening peaked with an exciting performance by the Urban Boyz leaving the audience hungry for more.

IOM Rwanda Chief of Mission, Catherine Northing was very happy with the outcome of the night: “We want this festival to become an annual event, showcasing the positive effects of migration to culture, music and diversity in society. That is why we have invited performers from a wide range of countries and cultural backgrounds to show the magic that happens when different cultures meet.”

#IamKigali represents positive movement that creates a space for conversations and interaction on what it means to be from Kigali and what it means to be a local anywhere. It highlights the positive aspects of migration and the benefits it brings to all; celebrating and embracing diversity.

 

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