ABOUT US


ArtRwanda - Ubuhanzi is a nationwide talent search project implemented by Imbuto Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and the Ministry of Sports and Culture. The project aims at identifying and supporting young and talented Rwandans within the creative arts industry. It will consist of a televised nationwide search for creative youth in six different categories (plastic arts, dance & music, fashion, theatre & drama, cinematography & photography and literature).

Each week, the selected performers will receive challenges, giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent, and the least successful will be eliminated. Throughout the project, contestants will be mentored by industry experts and receive advice on how to transform their talent into sustainable employment opportunities, in an effort to support their artistic development and future career aspirations.

GET INVOLVED

GET INVOLVED

ROAD MAP





ROAD TRIP

During the road trip selection, youth are invited to audition at each of the selection sites and display their talents to a panel of judges, who will eliminate contestants based on the quality of the talent displayed. Following this phase, only 120 contestants will move to the next phase.




PRE-SELECTION

Contestants selected during Road trips will participate in a threeday challenge tailored to their respective category, in order to judge their authenticity. After deliberation, 60 contestants representing each category will continue to the next phase of the competition.




BOOT CAMP TRAINING #1

Here, the contestants will be coached/mentored about developing pitching, presentation, entrepreneurship, business skills, among others. 30 contestants will be selected to move onto the next phase.




BOOT CAMP TRAINING #2

The 30 remaining contestants will be placed into 6 groups per artistic categories. The groups will then be given a challenge to develop a project that is artistic, generates income, sustainability and employment for youth in a specific creative arts industry. During this phase, the contestants will also be supported with finalising their projects that will be presented at the Youth Forum Series.




YOUTH FORUM SERIES

A Youth Forum Series will be organised around the creative arts industry in Rwanda. The forum will bring together youth and policy makers to discuss how to further strengthen the creative arts industry in Rwanda. During the forum, two groups will be eliminated, leaving only three groups moving on to the Grand Finale.




INCUBATION

A creative arts incubation centre will be established catering for the 6 categories in the ArtRwanda project ; Plastic Arts, Music & Dance, Fashion, Acting & Drama, Cinematography & Photography, and Literature. This centre will provide essential materials and equipment to continue supporting the top artists in the creative art industry and part of the ArtRwanda-Ubuhanzi project.

TIMELINE


TIMELINE


GALLERY


GALLERY


MEET OUR JUDGES

A Rwandan actor and Afrobeat, gospel, and pop music singer & songwriter. Martin will bring to auditioners, as a music coach and vocalist, an important feedback on their musical aspirations.

Mani Martin

Musical Artist

The vice-chairperson of the Rwanda Arts Council. As an artist himself, he has a broad understanding of the creative arts industry, plastic arts specifically, and the perspective of a leader within the industry.

Kibibi Jean de Dieu

Vice-Chairman

A talented music vocalist and writer to some of Rwanda’s biggest & popular Hits With years of experience, Bruce Melody is arguably one of the biggest names in Rwanda’s music Industry. He brings constructive feedback to today’s contestants.

Bruce Melodie

Musical Artist

Founder of Sonia Mugabo (SM) fashion brand In 2017, she was named among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans and Forbes’s 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs At only 27, she is already a prominent figure in the local fashion industry !

Sonia Mugabo

Fashion Designer

The founder of Moshions. One of the hottest fashion lines in Rwanda. His experience and talent in the fashion world, coupled with his entrepreneurial insights will guide today’s contestants guidance on their Fashion aspirations

Moses Turahirwa

Fashion Designer

A talented music vocalist and writer to some of Rwanda’s biggest names. A star in his own right, Vumbi will bring to auditioners, as a music coach and vocalist, an important feedback on their musical aspirations.

Danny Vumbi

Musical Artist

A popular female radio presenter from Kiss FM, She is among Judges for today’s auditions. Her dedication to empowering girls & women in the creative Industry shows in her K-Mid-morning show which tackles vast societal issues

Sandrine Isheja Butera

Radio Presenter

The brain behind the appraised comedy show “Seburikoko”. He is a pioneer in the creative arts industry and one of the most talented actors and directors in Rwanda. As an directing icon, he seeks to foster upcoming talents in the industry.

Mazimpaka Kennedy

Actor and Director

A film producer and founder of kwetu film. His passion for promoting Rwanda’s cinema Industry- a passion that would result into the birth of the annual Rwanda Film festival, has shown through his various works that received both International and local Awards.

Eric Kabera

Film producer

A popular figure in plastic arts. An experienced artist in Rwanda with years of experience drawing and painting, Kabakera brings unique perspective with extensive wisdom and knowledge of culture and tradition.

Kabakera Jean Marie

Artist

A recognized artistic personality in Rwanda. Known for his extensive comedy shows, Atome has built a reputation as one of the foremost comedians and artists in Rwanda. He brings a unique perspective to our talent search !

Diogene ‘Atome’ Ntarindwa

Comedian

MEET OUR JUDGES

A Rwandan actor and Afrobeat, gospel, and pop music singer & songwriter. Martin will bring to auditioners, as a music coach and vocalist, an important feedback on their musical aspirations.

Mani Martin

Musical Artist

The vice-chairperson of the Rwanda Arts Council. As an artist himself, he has a broad understanding of the creative arts industry, plastic arts specifically, and the perspective of a leader within the industry.

Kibibi Jean de Dieu

Vice-Chairman

A talented music vocalist and writer to some of Rwanda’s biggest & popular Hits With years of experience, Bruce Melody is arguably one of the biggest names in Rwanda’s music Industry. He brings constructive feedback to today’s contestants.

Bruce Melodie

Musical Artist

Founder of Sonia Mugabo (SM) fashion brand In 2017, she was named among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans and Forbes’s 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs At only 27, she is already a prominent figure in the local fashion industry !

Sonia Mugabo

Fashion Designer

The founder of Moshions. One of the hottest fashion lines in Rwanda. His experience and talent in the fashion world, coupled with his entrepreneurial insights will guide today’s contestants guidance on their Fashion aspirations

Moses Turahirwa

Fashion Designer

A talented music vocalist and writer to some of Rwanda’s biggest names. A star in his own right, Vumbi will bring to auditioners, as a music coach and vocalist, an important feedback on their musical aspirations.

Danny Vumbi

Musical Artist

A popular female radio presenter from Kiss FM, She is among Judges for today’s auditions. Her dedication to empowering girls & women in the creative Industry shows in her K-Mid-morning show which tackles vast societal issues

Sandrine Isheja Butera

Radio Presenter

The brain behind the appraised comedy show “Seburikoko”. He is a pioneer in the creative arts industry and one of the most talented actors and directors in Rwanda. As an directing icon, he seeks to foster upcoming talents in the industry.

Mazimpaka Kennedy

Actor and Director

A film producer and founder of kwetu film. His passion for promoting Rwanda’s cinema Industry- a passion that would result into the birth of the annual Rwanda Film festival, has shown through his various works that received both International and local Awards.

Eric Kabera

Film producer

A popular figure in plastic arts. An experienced artist in Rwanda with years of experience drawing and painting, Kabakera brings unique perspective with extensive wisdom and knowledge of culture and tradition.

Kabakera Jean Marie

Artist

A recognized artistic personality in Rwanda. Known for his extensive comedy shows, Atome has built a reputation as one of the foremost comedians and artists in Rwanda. He brings a unique perspective to our talent search !

Diogene ‘Atome’ Ntarindwa

Comedian

PARTNERS


MINIYOUTH

MINISPOC