Umuganura (Cultural Harvest)

The Ministry of Sports and Culture
Key objectives of the measure:
  • To create an opportunity for Rwandans to reflect on the positive values of Rwandan culture that is a cornerstone to strengthening unity and reconciliation of Rwandans;

  • To preserve Rwandan Culture by educating the young generation on the importance of safeguarding our cultural heritage;

  • To raise awareness among Rwandans, friends of Rwanda and policy makers on how “Umuganura” celebration played a very significant role in uniting Rwandans;

  • To recognize the achievements in various sectors of the economy, recognize the efforts of those involved and strategize for increased harvest in the subsequent seasons.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:
  1. Umuganura is an annual event held on the first Friday of August and it is a public holiday. But the festival is celebrated during a week leading to the Umuganura day.


Main activities are:


  • Arts performances prepared by artists' unions and federations members of the Rwanda Arts Council;

  • Exhibitions (painting, handicraft, CDs: film and music);

  • Conferences on creative industries.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:
  • Artists’ achievements are known by the public and promoted

  • A platform for marketing artists products is created

  • Starts networks are built, especially for cultural and creative expression actors.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

the Government budget

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:
  • Umuganura  festival involves artists;
  • Umuganura  festival creates a platform of artistic expressions;
  • Umuganura  festival experiences an international trend;



Indicators used to determine impact:
Number of artits increased;Level of perfomances improved;Audience increased;
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)