Home-made comedy is coming to Rwanda come November 2-4, when Kigali International Comedy Festival gets under way in the city.
Under the organisation of Comedy Knights, the festival will feature James Manzello, Giulio Gallarotti, Divin, Cotilda, Daniel Omara, Emeka, Herve Kimenyi, Arthur Nkusi, Babu, Michel Sengazi, George Birungi, and Clapton among others from Rwanda, Burundi, USA, Japan, Uganda and other countries.
Kenya’s Dr Ofweneke and Emmanuel Kisiangani, who is also a co-host of Churchill show, Guinea’s Oumar Manet and DRC’s Ronsia Kukielukila are also expected.
According to Jerome Migisha, the group’s manager, the festival seeks to find ways of making the Rwandan and African comedy industry presentable to and acknowledgeable by the world.
The Kigali International Comedy Festival emerges as another sole platform to add onto the few unique comedy festivals like Toseka Festival of DRC, Kenya’s Laugh Festival, Johannesburg International Comedy Festival in South Africa, and the African Comedy Festival.
Performances at this event will be in English, French and Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili and Lingala — all aimed at not only addressing Rwandans, but also vast audiences.
The festival, which promises to be an annual event, aims to also introduce comedians with great talent who might be less known on the scenes.
“It’s not only because big comedy acts come with a heavy price tag, but they are quite harder when it comes to generally impacting the audiences,” said Migisha.
The festival will also feature workshops, or platforms to inspire and empower aspiring talents.
“This is an exchange platform for artistes to socialise too,” explained John Muyenzi alias Babu.