Naming a newly born baby has been part of Rwandan culture and tradition for centuries. Given the remarkable efforts by the Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board, and in collaboration with various conservation partners and local communities, to actively protect the Mountain Gorillas and their habitat, the old naming century’s tradition was modeled on these species to get the national brand known as “Kwita Izina”.
Names attributed to the gorillas play a significant role in the on-going program of monitoring each individual gorilla in their families and habitat. Kwita Izina, a uniquely Rwandan event, was introduced in 2005 with the aim of creating awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorilla.
For three decades prior to the first official gorilla naming ceremony, the naming of baby gorillas was carried out with little awareness amidst the public by the rangers and researchers that closely monitor these unique animals on a daily basis.
Tourism that focuses on natural environments is a large and growing part of the tourism industry in Rwanda. While it can contribute in a positive manner to social-economic development and environmental protection, uncontrolled tourism growth can also cause environmental degradation, destruction of fragile ecosystems, and social and cultural conflict, undermining the basis of tourism. Therefore, considering that natural forests constitute 8.7% of the national territory, conservation continues to play a crucial role in the country’s development.
TOUR du RWANDA
Each year, riders from far away (USA, Belgium, Canada, France,) or closest (Kenya, South Africa, Eritrea, Algeria, Gabon) are challenging the Rwandan riders on their land. TOUR DU RWANDA allows African riders to highlight in the context of a passage in professional and well run in the top professional teams in the world’s elite. Thus, the first 3 of 2010 edition included a big team (Orica-Green Edge for Daniel Teklehaimanot, Team Europcar for NatnaelBerhane and Argos Shimano for Reinardt Van Rensburg). The very international palmares (a Moroccan, an Eritrean, an American, two South Africans and a Rwandan were winners) confirms the sport quality of TOUR DU RWANDA.
RWANDA FILM FESTIVAL
The Rwanda Film Festival, also known as Hilly wood, has not only established itself as the country’s most important cultural event, but also as one of Africa’s most prestigious festivals. For seven days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media will watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new local and international talents.
The principal objective is to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema in Rwanda. ”Our mandate is to present the most outstanding films produced in every part of the world with the ongoing development of filmmaking in Rwanda, we believe the time is right for such a festival that serves as a key platform for the promotion of Rwandan-produced cinema and also enables our local professionals to interact with internationally established filmmakers”.
Though it’s only a few years old, the Hobe Rwanda Festival has become a much-loved fixture on Kigali’s cultural calendar since it first began here in 2013. With a keen focus on Rwandan culture, Hobe promotes local musicians, artists, and dancers with a two-day fest that usually goes on in September. International artists are represented here too, but if it’s a slice of real-life Rwandan creativity you want, Hobe is the place to be.