A Message from Kerry Clarke (co-director/founder of Kigali UP)

May 23, 2012

in News

Greetings friends, relatives and comrades:

A little reminder, as our Indiegogo deadline is June 1 to raise $5K…

I’m helping organize the 2012 KigaliUp Festival, along with founder Mighty Popo and a volunteer crew of Rwandan, Canadian and international volunteers. I am really excited about the second annual event, which will be July 7 and 8, 2012 at a beautiful park in Kigali, Rwanda. Like a miniature village for the weekend, the park comes alive with 30 Rwandan, African and international artists on two stages plus an artisan and food marketplace, family zone and beer garden.

Many of you supported the first festival and heard all my tales about the first one, which was September 10, 2011, in Kimihurura Park in Kigali. It was a groundbreaking affair that featured over 30 artists from Rwanda, East Africa, Canada and France performing on 2 stages to a diverse audience of 2500 people. Over 35 Rwandan artisans were part of the festival, and 70 Rwandan and international volunteers staffed KigaliUp. The festival received a significant amount of coverage on local radio, television, through street and social media and internationally through kigaliup.com and Facebook.

Here’s a short documentary about it: http://youtu.be/LiQLcCVDFHE

KigaliUp is organized by volunteers with a very modest budget. We’re seeking support to help produce the festival and contribute towards significant production (media, marketing, stages, sound, lighting, tents, electricity, site maintenance, security, waste management, etc.) and artist (flights, accommodation, food, fees, etc.) costs.

There are two ways individuals can support the festival:

Click on this link to make a contribution. Any amount – from $20 – $2000 is welcome!

Donations of your Aeroplan points through the charitable pooling program will help us to realize this vision and will support KigaliUp’s modest budget. Donated points will be used to cover flight costs for international and regional artists.

To donate: http://beyondmiles.aeroplan.com/eng/charity/26

Log in to Aeroplan Beyond Miles using your regular Aeroplan number and password (click ‘donate’ on the above weblink to be automatically be taken to the login page)

You can choose to donate 1000 miles, 2500, 5000, 20000, or an amount of your choice (minimum 1000) – and most importantly it does not cost anything to transfer miles! They you just have to agree to terms and conditions and confirm your transfer. Note that you will not receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation.

For updates on KigaliUp, www.kigaliup.com.

If you’re able to support us, it’d be much appreciated, but no pressure ;-)


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