Rwanda is the first African country participating for the second time. Other participating countries include Spain, Russia, and Italy.
Rwanda is represented by four people from the group known ‘Troupe Des Personnes Handicapées Twuzuzanye, Rwanda’.
The first concert took place in Kotroma town where the group of disabled Rwandans thrilled spectators with an impressive performance of traditional dances and drum beats.
‘Troupe Des Personnes Handicapées Twuzuzanye, Rwanda’ is an umbrella organization bringing together disabled people conducting advocacies for their rights though different artistic talents.
‘Troupe Des Personnes Handicapées Twuzuzanye, Rwanda’ was invited by World Music Parashow based in Russia for this year’s edition.
Rwandan participants include Egidie Nirere, Farida Kankundiye, Marie Appoline Buntubwimana and David Twizerimana.
The delegation has told IGIHE that they still have to make four performances of which three will take place in Moscow, the capital of Russia before the festival concludes.
Twizerimana explained that foreigners were impressed with their traditional songs and drums beat.
“Concert goers were greatly excited with our traditional performances and drum beating style. Our thanks go to Humanity & Inclusion for helping us along the journey,” he said.
Apart from displaying their ability, Twizerimana said the festival is an opportunity to showcase Rwanda’s culture to the world.