The third Ingoma Nshya Festival, Rwanda – December 2023

Groupe Scolaire Kabuga / Woman Cultural Centre

The third Ingoma Nshya Festival (INF 3) was held on 30 December 2023 at the Huye Campus Gymnasium of the University of Rwanda. The festival showcased the talents of two hundred and fifty girls from nine primary and secondary schools as they competed in a three-minute performance. Drumming in Rwanda has traditionally been seen as a male-dominated activity, so this festival served as a platform to not only appreciate the artistic abilities of these young girls, but also to challenge societal norms.

The competition was won by Groupe Scolaire Kabuga, who received a set of twelve drums for the students’ weekly training.

There are good policies, but we hide behind culture to deny girls their rights. Drumming should be a right for girls and not exclusive to boys. Laws are clear and the policies of our country are clear. Culture needs to change and that change will come from Huye. Huye had been making so many changes…

Dukundimana Cassien
Director of Business Development and Employment Unit
Huye District Representative
The festival was attended by local officials, cultural artists, teachers, parents, and peers
/ Woman Cultural Centre

Gira Ingoma – One Drum Per Girl

Drumming, dance and creative workshops/festivals, enabling girls to address inequality by exploring their empowerment through non-traditional creative roles.

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