Diana is the former Secretary General of the Institut Français of Rwanda. She holds a degree in Communications and Journalism from her home country, Madagascar, a Masters in Management, Culture and Media from Senghor University (Egypt) and a Masters in International Relations, Policy and Strategy of International Public Actions from Jean Moulin University (France). She started out working as a journalist with "Midi Madagasikara" and "The service Mag" and has also managed different artistic productions through her association “TwAnora" in Madagascar. She has worked with festivals in Madagascar, Rwanda and Ivory Coast.
Esperance Ayinkamiye is Rwandan and has lived in South Africa for almost two decades. She is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She holds a BTech Degree in Taxation, as well as a Diploma in Accounting and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education specialising in Accounting and Business studies. She has worked as a Finance Manager in the NGO sector for many years, for organisations such as African Monitor and Gender Dynamix. She is married with three children.
Marie-Louise Rouget is South African and French. She holds an Honours degree in Visual Studies from Stellenbosch University, and a BA in Art History and English Literature from UCT. She is the former Marketing Manager for Paperight, a South African publishing start-up with the ambitious goal of making books of all kinds available to be printed on demand through copy shops. Following this, Marie-Louise lectured on Public Relations and effective Copywriting in Lyon and worked as a freelance writer. Before joining Arterial Network, Marie-Louise worked in the visual arts as an assistant editor and arts journalist for a contemporary art magazine based in South Africa.
Marie Sachet holds a Bachelors Degree from Sciencespo in Political Sciences and a Masters in International Public Management, specialising in cultural management and project management. She is the former Theatre Production Manager at ShakeXperience, a company based in Johannesburg which focuses on innovative teaching techniques through the arts. Prior to that, Marie was a dance teacher and coordinator of SAEP Arts Programme (South African Education Project) in Cape Town, for which she created and managed the first two editions of the festival “Love the way you Art.” After studying ballet and contemporary dance for several years, Marie practiced and taught Latin dances in France and Dominican Republic, she also choreographed and directed dance shows on a few occasions. Marie helped coordinate the first two editions of the festival “Arts and Politics” as the chairperson for the Office of the Arts of SciencesPo Poitiers.
Carole Karemera, born in Brussels in 1975 but of rwandese origins, is an actress, director, saxophone player, contemporary dancer who has appeared in many internationally acclaimed film, theatre, television, and dance productions since 1996.
After she completed her high school in Brussels, Carole Karemera studied at the Royal Music Conservatory of Mons and then the one of Brussels where she won the First Prize for “Drama and Declamation”. She also danced with the company Ultima Vez Vandekeybus.
In 2002, she joined the movie industry, starring in some short and long films such as the HBO-produced "Sometimes in April", a powerful drama about events in Rwanda in the Nineties written and directed by Raoul Peck, or "Sounds of Sand", directed by Marion Hansel. The strength of her acting and her uncommon energy make her the perfect incarnation of Pamela (in "Black", by Pierre Laffargue, 2009).
In 2005, Carole Karemera decided to settle in Rwanda. There, she quickly get involve into cultural projects focused on openess and access to culture for everyone. In 2007, she co-funded Ishyo Art Center with other seven talented women. The centre began with a mobile library at first “the Caravan Book” to emphasise literature and reading culture; it comprised of books and training artists who could move to different places and could perform for free especially in several public schools for mainly kids. At that time, there was not any cultural centre in Rwanda, apart from the French cultural centre, which had also closed, therefore Ishyo Art Center appeared as the Rwandan Cultural Hub in the Heart of Kigali. The art center is a platform for all artists, arts lovers, cultural professionals, activists, critics, entrepreneurs and everyone else who is passionate or just curious about traditional and/or contemporary modes of artistic expressions and works in various disciplines such as literature, dance, music, poetry, theater etc.
If she continues to play in some african movie, Carole Karemera gave a lot of het time in her cultural engagement. According to her “there is need for more art advocacy because it’s not well perceived. It’s not only about entertainment but it’s also about the values and the social well being of the Rwandan people. There is need for more art advocacy because it’s not well perceived. It’s not only about entertainment but it’s also about the values and the social well being of the Rwandan people”. Ishyo also does advocacy for the arts which involves supporting the government to develop cultural policies which are relevant for the artists and for the cultural environment, support artists in developing applications forms to assist them to participate in festivals abroad where they can market their work.
Indeed, in parrallel of her post of director in the Ishyo Art Center, Carole Karemera is a board member of National Institute of Museum in Rwanda, a member of Academy for Language and Culture and a board member of Imbuto Foundation. Moreover, she initiates innovative projects with Rwandese and international artists, such as the Pan African Dance Festival.
Finally Carole Karemera was the Deputy Secretary General of Arterial Network, as well as the Arterial Network Country Representative in Rwanda. During her tenure, she participated to many of the Arterial Network events, sush as the cultural policy task seminar in Nairobi, in 2009.
Learn more about Carole Karemera:
- Why the Rwandan creative sector does not enjoy intellectual property? By Carole Karemera and AN.
-Newtimes: She chose arts over mathematics
- Rwanda: promoting culture through art
Creative Entrepreuneur, Mamou Daffé is the initiator of the CPEL Ségou (Promotion of Local and Regional Economy) and kick started one of the biggest touristic and socio-cultural attractions of the sub-region- the Festival on Niger- which gave birth to the foundation of which he is president. He is the founding father and president of the KYA network, and the national representative of Arterial Network in Mali.
George Camille is one of Seychelles’ most prolific painters. In 1987, he established Sunstroke Studios, a design, fashion and screen-printing studio that trained and employed over 30 craftsmen and artists and then established the first gallery of the Seychelles. Camille has staged numerous ‘one man’ and group shows in Seychelles, Mauritius, Martinique and Reunion and more recently in Beijing, China. He has original work in numerous private collections worldwide.
Daves Guzha is a prominent Zimbabwean with a long and distinguished career within the arts and culture sector on both stage and screen. His wide range of expertise and abilities derive from the 30 years he has spent working on both sides as actor, director, producer, administrator and social justice activist. Due to his unique African-centered system that also incorporates elements of activism, civic education and dialogue, Guzha endures censorship, arrest and intimidation from the nationalist regime due to his anti-establishment reputation as an actor, and social activist.
Daves sits on a number of boards and advisory councils chief among them being:- Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ), Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust, PACT, African Fathers Initiative. Guzha was instrumental in setting up Artists Trust of Southern Africa (ARTSA) a SADC initiative designed to foster cooperation and growth of the arts and culture sector.
Pierre Claver is a stage Director and a Cultural Practitioner based in Pointe Noire (the economic capital of Congo Brazzaville). He is the founder of many creative initiatives, both as artistic director and as cultural manager. In his hometown, he directs two major cultural projects: the YARO Cultural Centre, and the International Festival of Arts and Music N’SANGU NDJI-NDJI.
Limam Kane, also known as Monza, is a dedicated cultural activist and hip-hop artist. Passionate about poetry and writing, he created the Monza ZAZA production structure, which organizes the ASSALAMALEKOUM International festival since 2008. Monza has worked extensively to promote Mauritanian arts and culture, also producing, in collaboration with Africulturban Dakar, the festival Festa 2H in Senegal. Monza performs and is involved on many different platforms, working alongside renowned artists such as Youssou Ndour, Malouma, Baba Maal, Daara J, Awadi, Dead Prez and many more. In his work he lobbies to government to include youth and artists in democratic efforts and supports various social initiatives for street children.
Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo is the Chairperson of Arterial Network Nigeria. Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo trained as an Actor, Theatre Director and Literary Critic. He was Arts, Culture & Media Editor (1988-2003); Sunday Editor of The Guardian Newspaper (2003-2013). He has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe, the Americas & Asia as a Performer, Journalist & Resource Person on various cultural projects. He served in the Culture sub-Committee of the Tony Blair Commission for Africa 2005. He is on the International Artistic Committee for Market for African Theatre, MASA in Cote D'Ivoire. He is currently Programme Chair, Committee for Relevant Art, and CORA (Nigeria's prime Culture advocacy group).
Cultural project manager, Ghita Khaldi, is the founder and current chairperson of the Moroccan association Afrikayna, that promotes intercultural exchange, development and cooperation in Africa. Through the same association, she initiated the launch of the first Moroccan mobility fund for artists in Africa, called Africa Art Lines. Ghita is also in charge of the overall coordination and production of Festival L'boulevard in Casablanca and Festival Jidar- toiles de rue in Rabat on behalf of EAC L'boulvart.
Ma Gloire Bolunda is the Chairperson of Arterial Network DRC. He is the General Coordinator of the TACCEMS Asbl Group which is based in Kisangani since 1996. Playwright and stage director, he wrote and produced several plays that describe the reality of DRC. His last play, entitled ‘What if Jesus weren’t God’, was introduced at NGOMA Festival which ended in August. The TACCEMS Asbl Group is currently developing the NGOMA Programme supported by Africalia Belgium that aims to create a network between Rwanda, Burundi and the East of DRC. The TACCEMS Asbl Group is also organizing an annual festival since 5 years and administrating the most active and equipped cultural centre of DRC.
Nathan Kiwere is the Chairperson of Arterial Network Uganda. Nathan Kiwere has a multi-dimensional career that covers areas of arts and management. His writing career has resulted into an upcoming book about contemporary art in Uganda. He is currently pursuing a career in film production and distribution through which he founded Sword Entertainment Inc. He is currently pursuing an online certificate in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, New York. Nathan has also played an active role as an art and cultural activist in Uganda. He is a former Chairman of the Uganda Visual Artists and Designers Association (UVADA).
Muzi Simon Ntshangase is the Chairperson of Arterial network Swaziland. Muzi is a Reggae artist in Swaziland AKA Rasmoolah and is a member of the Swaziland Arts and Music Association Executive member (SWAMA). He has been in the music industry for 30 years full time, recorded 3 reggae albums and is also a presenter of a reggae show on Channel Swazi. He is a multi-talented instrumentalist in music. Currently training inmates in all correctional services in Swaziland and training instrument playing; drums, keyboards, guitars to the youth in Swaziland mostly in churches and care points.