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ISHYO Pres. Reviewed

ISHYO Pres. Reviewed

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Ishyo Arts
CULTURE AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE!
WELCOME TO ISHYO ARTS CENTRE!
 
 
FOREWORD
It would be hard to imagine the development of Cultural Life in Rwanda without spaces of creation and diffusion of Art works.In 2005, eight Rwandese women, artists and art lovers, set up a non-profit organization with
an ambitious goal: “
Culture available for everyone
”.
ISHYO was born.
They established a new “instrument” of active cultural development to emphasize the
cultural significance of Rwandan traditional and contemporary patrimony at the national andinternational level.In the five years since it was established, ISHYO has clearly fulfilled this expectation in everyrespect.
The following brochure presents an overview of ISHYO’s diverse programs, activities,
structure and goals. Moreover, it defines I
SHYO’s current situation and position and offers
new perspectives for the future.The different projects supported, produced, co-produced or hosted at ISHYO are based ona broad cultural definition which takes social development and cultural change intoaccount.
This concept welcomes proposals from artists and young people in all artistic fields and alsokeeps ISHYO free to develop its own specially-developed artistic programs such as the
“3BProject”, International workshops series, Festivals (Kina, Centre
x Centre), etc. and those atISHYO Arts Centre.Furthermore, ISHYO continually ventures into new territory, developing joint projectsbetween Rwandan and foreign partners to promote lively international cooperation, such as:
 
“Eas
t African and American play writing and theatre making project
s”
withSUNDANCE INSTITUTE (USA/Utah), CalArts (Los Angeles), Brown University (Boston),651 Arts (New York), etc.
 
“ARTEJ/ASSITEJ” (Rwandan Association of Theatre for children and young people)
member of the ASSITEJ international network that consists of 75 country membersworldwide,
 
Contemporary Dance Platform with KVS (Belgium), Uganda, Kenya, STUDIO Kabako(DRC), etc.Nowadays, there is no other Art Centre in Rwanda that is provides such an offer without anypublic funding. We deplore this lack of funding even if it one time allowed the centre todetermine its own priorities. The high degree of artistic independence coupled with theinvolvement of artists and cultural experts in the community is what attracts artists from allover to Ishyo Arts Centre. Their involvement reflects the freedom of art and culture.Toassure the continuity of such a dynamic program and the development of Culture in Rwanda,Ishyo strongly needs all kind of support.
 
 
WELCOME
We are very happy to introduce you to one of the new arts platform in Rwanda: ISHYO ArtsCentre. Located in the Centre of Kigali City, in Kacyiru, ISHYO Arts Centre has been shapingcultural life since 2006.
Our aim is to give artists and cultural producers more opportunities for creativity
 –
be theyin the fine arts, theatre, music, film, literature or dance.We want to establish international partnerships and strengthen the communicationbetween audiences and art practitioners, whose special knowledge, new discoveries andexperiences, works and ideas can help all of us understand the world better trhough art.
Without the commitment of individuals, artists and the support of organizations,performances, trainings, festivals and exhibitions would not be possible.Therefore, we are strongly interested in continuing and developing the many joint culturalprojects with any organization (public or private) sharing the same interest of developing thepotential of culture and cultural diversity in Rwanda.Using art, we are exploring important changes taking place in schools, urban and ruraldevelopment, the working world and our global interactions with one another.At the same time, we feel it is important to experiment with new approaches andpedagogical methods that encourage art appreciation by the largest audience and that focuson aesthetic education based on true cultural values for our children and young talentedartists.We invite you to read more about ISHYO,
the Arts Centre and the promotion agency’s
activities.And, of course, we would be delighted to meet you in person at one of our events or at yourconvenience.
CAROLE KAREMERA[Artistic Director]

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