Get ready for an exhilarating weekend in Kigali and Musanze, as the stage is set for a series of exciting events and cultural celebrations that will captivate the hearts of residents and visitors alike. From music festivals to fashion shows, this weekend promises an array of must-attend experiences. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for you: 1. Kwita Izina and Gala Dinner Kick-starting the weekend, the 19th Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony on Friday, September 1, promises to be a star-studded affair. This year, 23 baby mountain gorillas born in the past year will be named, attracting global celebrities and artistes like Ariel Wayz Bwiza, Bulldog, Riderman, and more. Can't make it in person? Don't worry; the event is being streamed online. Following the naming ceremony, on Saturday, September 2, the Kwita Izina Gala Dinner at the Kigali Convention Centre offers an opportunity to celebrate Rwanda's conservation achievements. This exclusive event, by invitation only, promises an evening of entertainment, a lively ambiance, and a unique dining experience. 2. Ikirenga Culture Tourism Festival The second edition of Ikirenga Culture Festival is kicking off on Friday, September 1, at the picturesque Fatima Hotel in Musanze. The line-up boasts an array of artistes, including the likes of Bushali, Sintex, and Papa Cyangwe, along with several other local talents. Gates open at 4pm, ensuring you have plenty of time to soak in the vibrant atmosphere. And here's a treat for all music enthusiasts: the night will culminate with an epic closing jam session. 3. Amateka Live Concert Emmy Vox presents the Amateka Live Concert on Friday, September 1, at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (KCEV) Camp Kigali. With performances by Israel Mbonyi, Emmy Vox, Bosco Nshuti, and True Promises Ministries, this is a night of worship and prayer for gospel music enthusiasts. Gates open at 5 pm, and ticket options range from Rwf5,000 for regular seats to Rwf250,000 for a table of five. 4. Intango Cultural Night For those who appreciate Rwandan culture, the second edition of Intango Cultural Night is happening on Friday, September 1, at Park-Inn by Radisson, starting at 6pm. Enjoy delectable Rwandan cuisine prepared by Chef Emma and performances by Victor Rukotana, Muyango, and Abamararungu Band. Entrance is Rwf25,000 per person, with tables of six available for Rwf200,000. 5. Amavibes Experience II Friday, September 1, marks the return of the second edition of Amavibes Experience at Sunset Kigali. DJs Higa and Rusam will headline this event, with a line-up that includes Joel the Drummer, DJ Clara, DJ Grvndlvng, Dr. Nganji, and Emcee Boris. Expect an eclectic mix of music, games, and entertainment. Regular tickets cost Rwf5,000, while VIP tickets are available for Rwf15,000. 6. Drip Ziwacu Art Festival Fashion, music, and art enthusiasts, mark your calendars on Sunday, September 3 and make your way to the Kigali Soul Creative Hub. The line-up promises celebrity attendees and a diverse range of activities, including shopping, catwalk shows, photoshoots, live music performances, poetry readings, hip-hop freestyle sessions, and the opportunity to admire stunning portraits and get tattoos. The organisers have a vision for this day – to celebrate the fusion of fashion and art. Since its inception, they've embraced inclusivity by offering free entrance. This means you can indulge in some retail therapy, exploring custom-designed clothing, while immersing yourself in the vibrant world of artistry. 7. Blankets and Wine Kigali The iconic Blankets and Wine, renowned for its editions in Kampala, Uganda, and Nairobi, Kenya, is making a return to Kigali after its successful debut in 2017. This time, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Set to unfold at Canal Olympia on Sunday, September 3, this music extravaganza boasts a line-up featuring talents like Kivumbi King, Alyn Sano, Mike Kayihura, Angel Mutoni, Sea Stars, DJ Fiston, and the Hottempah Collective. For an entrance fee of just Rwf25,000, you can join in on the fun at this picnic-style, family-friendly music festival that guarantees an unforgettable day of rhythm and melodies. To catch up on the latest events happening in Kigali, visit The New Times and follow our social media platforms for updates throughout the weekend.