The national-wide youth art talent search competition, ArtRwanda-Ubuhanzi Initiative, has gone into the third phase. All artists who made it through the pre-selection intense performance are expected to attend a boot camp stage that will reveal the final winners.
This past weekend, talented 587 youths gathered at Cenetra Hotel, Kabuga in Kigali City and faced a panel of judges who picked only 60 contestants.
On the first day, 120 among the 587 contestants were to be selected with 20 in each of the six categories of the competition.
On the second day, the panel of judges had to select the final 60 contestants who will attend the finalists’ boot camp.
The dance and music category attracted more contestants. The category constitutes almost half the number of all contestants who displayed their talents during pre-selections held in provinces.
Due to the big number of participants in this category, the panel of judges decided to give chances to 10 more contestants.
The decision was taken after it was found that a number of talented dancers and singers would lose chance to compete in the finals while they showed highly outstanding talents.
This indicates that the boot camp will now attract 70 final contestants. It is comprised of 19 girls and 51 boys. The contestants in the dance and music category are now 20 whereas other categories each have 10 contestants.
Sandrine Isheja Butera is one of the judges since the start of the competition. She says that it was a very tough task to select only 70 contestants because comparing diverse people’s talents requires high foresight.
“It was not easy. Only telling somebody ‘we can’t go on together in this journey’ is difficult. Every youth who has reached this level had a specialty. These two days were not as usual,” she said.
ArtRwanda-Ubuhanzi initiative is the project spearheaded by the Ministry of Sports and Culture, in collaboration with Imbuto Foundation as the implementing organization.
The national-wide talent search project seeks to search and sponsor the youths and nurture their talents so that they use them to forge a decent life.
ArtRwanda- Ubuhanzi focuses on the youths aged between 18 and 35 who have talents in plastic arts, dance and music, fashion, acting and drama, cinematography and photography and literature.
The competition which started in September will end in December this year. The most important highlights that marked it have started being aired on Rwanda Television every Sunday from 12:00am.
The pre-selection phase which ended on October 01, this year, attracted 2400 talented young men and women from all the 30 country districts.