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:
t African and American play writing and theatre making project
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.