Isaano Arts Festival is back


Uganda's Joel Sebunjo during his performance at the festival in 2016. (File photos)

SEVERAL artistes are set to perform at the 6th edition of Isaano Arts Festival, an annual pan-African festival that seeks to celebrate and amplify African music from across the continent.

 The four-day festival is slated for February 15 to 18 at Mulindi Japan One Love Centre in Kimihurura, Kigali and is expected to bring together a variety of cultures across the continent through arts.

The festival has grown to become one of the largest and most attended music festivals in the country and in the region.

This year’s edition will feature a number of artistes from the country while regional and international artistes are also expected to grace it.

Judo Kanobana, the CEO of Positive Production which organises the festival, said this year’s edition will be unique because they invited artistes with a Pan-African spirit and feel.

  “This time we invited artistes who have a Pan-African touch in their music and can be seen as African,” he said, adding that invitation to this year’s festival considered the ‘African’ aspects.

Yvonne Mwale from Zambia performs at the Isaano Arts Festival at Petit Stade in February 2016. 

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Kanobana said different countries in the region will be represented including Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and others beyond the region like Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, France and United States, among others.

Renowned artistes who will headline the festival include French American artist Kodjo and Chilean artiste Tito who is also member of French music band Dub Inc.

Rwanda, as the host of the festival, will have a bigger number of participants including contemporary dancers, comedians, actors and actresses and visual artists, among many others.

Organisers promised a well-lit stage, good sound and organisation to make the festival a success.

The festival will also feature workshops for participants in different art disciplines aimed at helping upcoming artistes get an opportunity to improve their arts skills.

 The festival will provide a platform for people in the creative industry to showcase their talents, mostly in dance, fashion, music, poetry, drama and visual arts, among others.

 Kanobana also said the festival is a platform for rising artistes to showcase their talent alongside international and regional artistes.

“It is a platform for young talent to show what they can do, from deejay spinning to singing, dancing, reciting poems and executing visual art, among many others. It is more of a platform for them to market their skills alongside international and regional artistes who are expected to participate at the festival,” he added.

Entrance fee is Rwf 5,000

Excited revellers during a previous edition of the festival.