This Thursday (4:00 pm) and Friday (3:00pm) Ishyo Arts Center will host “Our Past” an afternoon of remembrance for the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Two dance crews, J’Art Donc Je Vis and Sick City Entertainment, are collaborating in a theatrical production entitled We Are Rwanda, written and produced by young up and coming playwright, Lynker Kabera, of Kigali, Rwanda.
The program of remembrance will include not only We Are Rwanda, but also poetry reading, dancing, a movie screening about the Genocide, testimonies of survivors of the Genocide, and a discussion with the audience. When asked about her hopes for the evening, Lynker Kabera shared, “We hope to see mainly the youth, because we are trying to show them, those born after the Genocide, what happened.” She also shared that “Sick City Entertainment, Dance Crew, inspired [the play], as well as the theme for the 18th Genocide Memorial: Learning from our past in order to build a brighter future. The play is mainly that – six young people from different backgrounds, learning to live without the shadows of the past.”
Theater play aside, there will also be Slam (spoken word), musical performances and testimonies throughout the event.
Entrance to Ishyo’s afternoon of remembrance is free, yet donations are encouraged. All donations collected at the end of the night will be given to the Women’s Village in Kanombe, where they hope to open a shop to benefit the village.
So young people, come to Ishyo Theater tomorrow and Friday afternoon– do not miss the opportunity to learn and remember.