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Hill Festival Kigali

August 4th-5th 2023
Kigali, Rwanda

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Welcome to

Hill Festival Kigali 2023

The first festival of its kind in Africa

We aim to provide a unique and once-in-a-lifetime musical experience in the heart of Africa. Working in close collaboration with international tour agencies, we also make it possible for our visitors to experience the natural beauty of Rwanda by offering many other tourist activities during their stay.
The annual festival will feature international artists, covering musical styles such as reggae, hip-hop, afrobeat, and also local artists showcasing traditional African styles.

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Happy people on an African event
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Featured Artists

Lineup

4 Caribbean Jamaican Reggae Acts

4 International Afrobeat Acts

7 Rwandan bands & 1 Abyssinian covering Hip Hop, Afrobeat, Drill Music and traditional Rwandan & Ethiopian Dance

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Official Partners

Sponsors

Ethiopian Airlines
City of Kigali
Rwanda Convention Bureau
Africa Gala Vienna
Alpha Enterntainment Inc.
FEURICH PIANOFORTE GmbH
William's Public Relations
Intore Entertainment Ltd

Through our partnership with Ethiopian Airlines and Ethiopian Holidays, we will be offering a range of tourist activities in combination with the Hill Festival tickets. Ethiopian will be using their vast experience in providing world-class tour packages for international travellers, and will also offer a substantial discount on the price of flights to Rwanda for Hill Festival ticket holders.

Our Goals

About

What is Hill Festival Kigali?

Hill Festival Kigali is all about people coming together and having an experience of a lifetime while listening to great music in a beautiful setting in the heart of Africa. Our aim is to strengthen the local community identity and spirit by providing a platform for international and local artists to showcase their talents to a broad and international audience.

What we want to achieve

A unique and unforgettable musical experience

Providing a platform for international and local artists to showcase their talents

Partner with professional tour agencies to offer the complete package experience of the country

Improving the local economy

Raising funds for Rwandan charitable activities

Creating awareness and appreciation of African culture and heritage

About the region

Rwanda is a country known for its breathtaking scenery, often referred to as the land of a thousand hills. The country has spectacular natural beauty, and extraordinary biodiversity in regions with volcanoes, rain forests and sweeping plains. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the four national parks and safaris, as well as the world-famous gorilla tracking tours.

Rwanda’s capital city Kigali has been ranked the second most popular destination in Africa for hosting international Conferences and Events. Rwanda itself has been awarded for its leadership in tourism and economic competitiveness. Aside from being a particularly safe African destination for international travellers, Rwanda is also famed for being “Africa’s cleanest country”.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What is Hill Festival?

Hill Festival is the first edition of an annual festival located in beautiful Rwanda. Its aim is to provide a unique musical experience and Africa’s first music festival of its kind. Through partnership with established international airlines and tour agencies, visitors will be able to experience many other aspects of the country during their visit.

What's the venue?

Hill Festival will be held at Canal Olympia Rebero in Kigali (see image below for event map). Further information on the venue will be added here as soon as its available.
The event will be held here.
Hill Festival Map

Why should I join?

Because Hill Festival will be THE festival to attend in 2023. You will meet amazing people, listen to great music both by prominent musicians as well as rising stars from the region and you can discover beautiful Rwanda, home of the biggest free living population of the mountain gorilla.

Where can I buy tickets?

Ticket sales will open soon via our website. Tickets can be bought using all major payment methods via our secure webshop. Printed tickets will also be available within Rwanda at local outlets, and payable by telephone money payment systems commonly used in the East Africa region.

How can I get to the festival?

Kigali is situated in the center of Rwanda and it is easily accessible by air, bus, car, or a combination thereof.

A number of big international airlines fly directly to Kigali:

  • RwandAir
    RwandAir is the country’s national lag carrier, flying to over 29 destinations
    in Africa with 23 flights in and out of Kigali daily. Outside Africa, RwandAir
    flies to Dubai, India, the United Kingdom, and Brussels, Guangzhou, Tel Aviv with plans to open 5 new routes including the USA.
  • Ethiopian Airlines
    Ethiopian Airlines connects Kigali to other cities on a daily basis.
  • Kenya Airways
    Kenya Airways, one of Africa’s leading airlines, flies from Nairobi to Kigali
    every day of the week.
  • Qatar Airways
    Qatar Airways has a direct flight from Doha to Kigali every day of the week.
  • Brussels Airlines
    Brussels Airlines operates a direct flight from Brussels to Kigali every day
    except Fridays.
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish Airlines has a direct flight from Istanbul to Kigali once a day.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has a direct flight from Amsterdam to Kigali once
    every day of the week.
  • Egyptair
    Egyptair has a direct flight from Cairo to Kigali once per week.

Do I need a visa to enter Rwanda?

Rwanda has an open visa policy where all nationalities get visas on arrival with visa waiver for all citizens of Member States of African Union, the Commonwealth, and Francophone countries, while the rest of the visitors pay $50 visa fees upon arrival.

What to do in the area?

Around Kigali

Kigali has much to offer as a conference and tourist destination. The ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ is home to some of the region’s most iconic tourist attractions, all within close proximity of the capital. Kigali city hub is ideally positioned to allow easy access to an incredible offering of pre- and post-conference tours to explore Rwanda’s natural and cultural attractions. A number of half-day Kigali city tours are available, as are full day, two day/one nights, and longer excursions into Rwanda’s spectacular national parks. A number of community based tourism experiences also offer travelers the opportunity to experience cultural life in local areas.

Outside Kigali

Rwanda boasts undulating green landscapes of hills and coffee and tea plantations as well as picturesque volcanoes and the scenic Lake Kivu, where one can also find many beautiful resorts and islands worth visiting. Rwanda is home to one-third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, one-third of Africa’s bird species, fourteen species of primates, and a game reserve. Rwanda’s communities are also filled with graceful dancers, colorful crafts, delicious cuisine, and the friendliest people. A rich culture of music and dance, a growing contemporary art industry, and wonderful crafts including pottery, basketry, painting, jewelry, woodcarving, and metalwork will provide visitors with much to admire and take home as keepsakes with its bold culture, and unique history preserved throughout the country, Rwanda will offer a one-of-a kind experience to delegates and visitors before, during, and after the festival.

Let’s talk

Contact

If you have any questions, just get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you!

Address

Nyarugenge, Nyarugenge, Umujyi wa Kigali, Rwanda
P.O. Box 4208 Kigali

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