On 11 February 2013, the Kigali residents were blessed to taste a carnival dance performances from the East African community festival dubbed ‘Jama Fest’.
Kigali will host the event, which will take place on the February 11th to 16th, 2013. The event has attracted performers from East African Community (EAC)- Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.
The participating groups paraded and performed through Nyamirambo, at Onatracom, Institut Français, City Tower and city plaza, Nyabugogo main taxi part, Gisementi, Remera Giporoso square and ended the day by proceeding to the Amahoro national Stadium.
Kigalians stood along the streets, peeping through shops and offices and business come to a standstill at each of the points. The biggest part of the show was grabbed by young teenagers from Uganda, and Tanzanians who caught the attention of many as they performed with vigor and moral in their cultural dances.
The Minister of Sports & Culture, Protais Mitali opened the carnival dance, at Rafiki sports center in Nyamirambo. Today’s event acted as a spice to official opening ceremony of the Jamafest event, scheduled to take place tomorrow Tuesday 12, at at Remera Mini-stadium.
Mitali was accompanied by Jesca Eriyo, the Deputy Secretary General of the EAC and Rwanda’s minister for EAC, Monique Mukaruliza, and other delegates from the community.
The one-week-long festival will be comprised of dance performances from each of the EAC participating countries, a symposium, exhibitions, drama-theatre-poetry and comedy, plus painting and film exhibitions among others.
This event is expected to promote tourism in Rwanda and exchange of cultural values between the EAC member countries, according to the organizers.