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Rwanda has a rich culture evidenced in the diversity of fine crafts and strong traditions. These include music and dance and a variety of arts and crafts. Sought after crafts include pottery, basketry, painting, jewelry, wood carving and metalwork.
A window on Rwanda's history is provided by numerous Memorial sites and Museums preserved around the country. A number of Community Based Tourism experiences offer travellers the opportunity to experience cultural life.
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Muslim quarter of Nyamirambo
The Muslim quarter of Nyamirambo introduces the city's most multi-cultural suburb, the sights, sounds and smells of urban Rwanda. In association with the Nyamirambo Women's Centre (NWC), you will be guided through homes, exposed to the Arab influences, the market, the West African tailors, hair salons, recording studio and more. Your hosts will invite you to one of their homes, where you can learn to cook a Rwandan meal.
Cards for Africa workshop
This Fairtrade Organisation offers the fascinating chance to watch how paper is made, while soaking in the cheerful atmosphere of the workshop, and view the complete range of products they make and even purchase some. Just ten minutes by car from the airport.
Craft Shops around Kigali
- lvuka Arts Kigali is a group of established artists introducing Rwandan contemporary art to the International scene by discovering and nurturing young talent.
- lshyo Arts Centre, a successful non-profit organization operating locally and internationally bringing musicians, dancers, actors, and other artists together to make culture available to everyone by developing and supporting innovative artists, projects and training programmes.
- Rwanda Nziza, also known as The Rwandan Fair Trade Artist's Association, offers a variety of quality products that are 100% Rwandan. The artisans, from all over Rwanda, have direct access to the customer and earn 100% of the profits. Every product comes with a member biography, a description of the product and its cultural significance.
- Caplaki Handicrafts Co-operative, near the Cercle Sportif was created when street shops that moved away from the city centre.
Other excellent places to view and purchase traditional and modern artwork are CAPLAKI Craft Village, lnganzo Gallery, African Gift Corner, ATRAC Craft Village and Uburanga Art Studio. If you are looking for an African Market then your best bet will be the Kimironko market, the Gakinjiro market or the Nyabugogo market, which is the largest.
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Ethno Botany Tour with a Traditional Healers in Musanze.
This field tour introduces you to plants that help cure different ailments. This tour incorporates a visit the local pharmacy and an opportunity to meet individuals under treatment and to follow up on their recovery stages.
Iby' lwacu cultural village:
Understand the unique culture of Rwandese through their daily life and knowledge of the environment, poetry, folklores, dancing, singing, pottery and the theoretical hunt gathering skills. This tour benefits approximately 300 local people.
Banana & Sorghum Beer Production Experience:
Banana and sorghum are some staple food products in Rwanda and they are used in different ways i.e. as food, local beer and dilute drinks etc. They are very important in the cultu ral practices and ceremonies. Learn about the four different species of banana plants, the uses values.
Visit local markets and taste the traditional dishes in Musanze Village Walks.
After the market experience, local women equip you with the knowledge and skills relating to the Rwandese traditional dish preparations from peeling and preparation until you eat or served your own food.