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About Us

Established in September 2007, Ishyo Arts Centre is a platform for artists, art lovers, cultural professionals, entrepreneurs and anyone who is passionate about art. This successful non-governmental organization operates locally and internationally and brings cultural practitioners together to make traditional and contemporary culture available to all. Ishyo also develops and supports innovative artists, projects and training programs mainly in literature, dance, music, poetry and theatre.

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Projects and Programs


Ishyo Arts Centre has initiated and contributed in different educative programs and projects.


To this end, in 2014; Ishyo initiated a project ‘Breaking Barriers-Building Bridges’ in collaboration with Comedy Knights (Rwanda), Kaami Arts (Rwanda), Tubiteho (Rwanda) and Sagohuset (Sweden).


Kina Festival is organized by Ishyo once in two years. It is performing arts for children festival. Its main objectives are developing children’s creativity using the Arts and improving young artists’ creative skills through high quality arts workshops and exposure to performances by both children and renowned international artists.


Ishyo has been a partner of this unique outdoor music festival which brings together, every year since 2011, world-renowned artists from different horizons for live shows, organizes workshops for local aspiring artists, while creating a fun-filled family event with crafts sale, a children’s corner, a beer and food garden, etc.



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Kina Festival

KINA FESTIVAL has been initiated in 2009 and is produced by Ishyo Arts Centre, a member of the Rwandan Association for Theatre and Youth (ARTEJ) in order to develop children and youth’s creativity and access to the Arts and at the same time, reinforce capacity and give exposure to young […]

Le livre de la semaine: L’intérieur de la nuit par Léonora Miano

  Extrait: Je vous en prie, n’emmenez pas mon fils. Je ferai ce que vous voudrez mais ne l’emmenez pas ! On ne leur avait pas appris qu’il était normal, pour celle qui avait porté un enfant et qui l’avait mis au monde dans la douleur, de le défendre envers et […]

‘Our house’ the co-production of Ishyo and Helios Theater premieres in Rwanda on the 06th November 2016

  OUR HOUSE A co-production of Ishyo Arts Centre and Helios Theatre For everyone aged 10 years +, Length: 1hour   ‘I was born I was born in I was born in a room I was born in a room in a house I was born in a room in […]

Keziah Jones Live in Kigali on the 25th September 2016

    The Nigerian innovator, artist, singer, songwriter and musician will perform his trademark of Blues and Funk in a full live concert in Kigali on the 25th September 2016 starting from 5pm! Keziah Jones has countless singles including his best such as ‘Beautiful Emilie’, ‘Rhythm is love’, ‘Simply beautiful’ […]

“Our House”, the co-production of Ishyo Arts Centre and Helios Theatre

                                            “You don’t live here anymore.” The Ensemble of “Our House” is now reunited and in the midst of in the third and last set of rehearsals before the premiere. How to build a house? What is it like […]

Ishyo Arts Centre au Festival International de Théâtre Ngoma- la sixième édition/ Kisangani

La sixième édition du festival International NGOMA se tient du 20 au 27 août 2016 à Kisangani. Les spectacles se joueront à l’Espace Culturel Ngoma et à l’Alliance Française de Kisangani. Les compagnies viendront de Kisangani, de Bunia, de Goma, de Bukavu, de Kigali, de Bujumbura, de la Belgique et […]


Photos/ Représentations de la pièce Mboka, le 11 et 12 août 2016

               Photos prises par Chris Schwagga Ishyo Team  

Mboka The Musical performances on the 11th and 12th August 2016 at Rwanda Revenue Authority Hall

  Ishyo Arts Centre brings you the amazing performances of  ‘Mboka The Musical’ on Thursday the 11th and Friday the 12th August 2016 at 7pm . Directed by Carole Karemera with an incredible cast including Eliane Umuhire, Carole Karemera, Michael Sengazi, Eric Soul, Eric 1Key, Nirere Shanel, Moise Mutangana, Samuel […]