Panafricain Dance Festival (Festival Panafricain de la Danse - FESPAD)

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Country and Region RwandaKigali City
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Kigali, Kigali City, Rwanda
Festival Contact Information

Festival Panafricain de la Dance (FESPAD)
B.P: 1044 Kigali
Phone: +250 599573
Fax: +250 583531

Festival Description

Dancers and musicians representing eleven countries come together for the same purpose—the Panafrican Dance Festival which more than lives up to its name. Traditional tribal festivals outlining and acting out royal prosperity rituals, like the Fête des Prémices and the Fête de la Moisson, are presented alongside dance performances fitting into a more purely performance mold. Even its theme, “Dense Culture,” is worthy of note; translated into English as “cultural diversity,” the phrase in French is a pun on the (English) words “dense” and “dance”—evoking both the depth and the art form at hand.

In 2006 World Open Culture (WCO) joins forces with FESPAD’s organizational team to help stage the fifth edition of the festival. Their mission is to bring together the peoples of Rwanda and Africa through the shared celebration of their respective cultures and by the use of culture in the service of peace.

Festival Dates February 23 - March 2, 2013
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