The Amani Festival brings together all the inhabitants of the Great Lakes Region, as well as international and national artists representing different ethnic groups in the region.
The Amani Festival aims ''to be among the federating elements of peace, peaceful coexistence, and socio-economic development of young people''.
The Amani Festival will be held at Mwanga College in Goma, DRC on February 14-16, 2020.
Here are some important figures on how the Amani Festival unfolded:
36,000 festival goers, including 810 volunteers, with 13 nationalities represented.
35 groups of musicians and dancers, three stages, four artistic residencies (meeting between festival artists and young artists from the city)
o 16 Sanaa weekends (a weekly cultural event that selects artists from Goma for the Amani Festival) with more than 100 performances organized in front of more than 3,000 people each Saturday
o 10 caravans (itinerant concerts through the districts of Goma) with 50 performances in front of +/- 300 people
o 75 stands of entrepreneurs, NGOs, United Nations agencies, and local associations
o 55 activities on the following themes: the promotion of women (article in La Libre Belgique), the signature of the petition on the protection of the biodiversity of Lake Edouard, ecology, and the protection of the Virunga Park
o 68 teams of six runners participated in the Ekiden, a 42km marathon promoting cohesion, team spirit, conviviality, and sports performance in the city of Goma.
o Four entrepreneurship projects selected for a six-month incubation following a competition gathering 81 business creation projects, of which 10 finalists were trained and coached
o Animations, conferences, and debates organized on entrepreneurship