A Hamwe Festival Event

Arts in Health Masterclass at UGHE 

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Hamwe Festival


From November 9th to 13th, the University of Global Health Equity will host the inaugural edition of Hamwe Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. The annual event will celebrate and encourage the contributions of the creative industries in the global health field.

The festival will host a concert with Grammy award-winning singer Oumou Sangare, as well as a visual art exhibition, various talks on arts and global health, and will close with a night dedicated to the role of dance in global health. Learn more here.

Arts in Health Masterclass:

One of the aspects of Hamwe’s mission is to enable artists, scholars, and global health professionals to collaborate on a mission to improve health around the world. This is the reason why UGHE created this unique masterclass taught jointly by global health leaders and creative with impactful experience in the field. The masterclass will be held on November 11th and 12th in Kigali. 

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor of UGHE who will talk about the principles of global health and her experience building bridges across sectors.
  • Dr. Mehret Mandefro, medical doctor, writer and filmmaker will speak about her experience crafting narratives that explore the social determinants of health.
  • Sharon Kalima, program coordinator at the Arts and Global Health Institute for Africa and 2019 SDG action award winner. She will speak about program design and implementation.
  • Dr. Paul Animbom Ngong, an expert in therapeutic theater will speak about the use of acting as therapy for personal and social development.
  • Dr. Sian Aggett, will talk about her experience conducting arts in health intervention evaluation.

Application Information:

Creatives, social workers and global health professionals with an interest in the festival theme are eligible and can apply here.

Please note: a contribution of 60,000RWF will be requested from participants, however sponsorship for this fee as well as transport and accommodation for international/out of town participants can be discussed on a case by case basis. Also note that spaces for the Arts in Health Masterclass are limited. 

To learn more about Hamwe Festival and the events that will be organized between November 9th and November 13th, follow Hamwe on Twitter (@hamwe_festival) or send questions to hamwe@