Most visitors to Rwanda have the opportunity to experience traditional Rwandan dancing, but few have the chance to learn it themselves. Visitors to Niyo Art Gallery will get the opportunity to learn the unique intore and amaraba dance styles, while also learning the accompanying instruments that drive the rhythm of this exciting dance.
You'll get a personal tour of the art gallery, a description of the work and activities that take place, and meet the artists and dancers that work there. You will begin your lesson learning to play the drums, and follow with a lesson in dance techniques. Then, you and your group will perform what you have learned, so don't forget to bring your camera!
"I don’t have dreams, I have objectives. It’s not every dream that comes true, but you pass through your objectives and reach your goals."
Pacifique began his professional art career when he was 17, and founded Niyo Art Gallery in early 2015. Niyo was created as a community outreach center to help support impoverished children in Kigali. Initially a dance studio, Pacifique's young students would fund raise during dance performances to raise money for school fees. The studio expanded into an art gallery and cultural center, and profits continue to support nearly 120 children through the completion of secondary school. Pacifique has traveled multiple times to the United States to teach Rwandan traditional dance to American children in order to share his culture and his love of creative arts.
Although Niyo Art Gallery has become quite successful in the year since its inception, Pacifique has big goals for the future. He hopes to expand the gallery and draw more attention to the resident artists, creating a larger space for art and performance in Kigali and thus supporting more of his fellow artists. Pacifique also hopes to expand his program to empower women through sewing classes and production of traditionally-inspired jewelry and clothing.