Tuesday, January 06, 2009
[Wadabo_updates] MIZERO Children of Rwanda "Forgiveness Tour" January 9th
MIZERO Children of Rwanda "FORGIVENESS Tour"
Friday, January 9 at 7:30pm
PROCEEDS TO HELP BUILD A SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS IN RWANDA
7 MEDFORD ST. (OFF MASS AVE), ARLINGTON, MA.
TICKETS AND INFO: 781-646-4849 www.regenttheatre.com
General Admission Tickets: $15 Adults; $10 students, children, seniors; $8 for Regent Theatre Card Members or groups of 10 or more.
MIZERO Children of Rwanda is an inspiring choir composed of 13 Rwandan children ages 11–18 who are currently on their first tour of North America. These young cultural and peace ambassadors take audiences on a journey into the lives of the Rwandan people through music, dance, costumes, and drumming. In fact, they were invited to perform at the United Nations earlier this month. (The UN has declared the year 2009 as the Year of Reconciliation.)
"While many organizations are helping Rwanda recover from the 1994 genocide, few have addressed the issue of cultural brokenness. My vision for MIZERO is to build, bring and to spread hope to Rwandan children through our vibrant music and dance traditions. It is my goal to mentor them to help them discover the power of forgiveness as I have, to help these young ones grow up free from hatred, bitterness and the spirit of revenge. This use of the arts combined with the message of forgiveness can help these children heal their wounds from the past and put a stop to violence and any future genocide through this next generation of young leaders," says MIZERO founder and CEO, Jean Paul Samputu.
Samputu and MIZERO have embarked on an impassioned 2009 schedule filled with activities that focus on the topic of Forgiveness as a Step to Reconciliation. This includes the FORGIVENESS TOUR, various conferences and concerts, and global conferences called GATHERING OF FORGIVENESS: A Step to Reconciliation, to be held in Rwanda in February and July 2009 which will also commemorate the 15th year of the Rwandan genocide.
Mizero means Hope in their native language, Kinyarwanda. For more information, visit http://www.mizerochildren.org
Also, here is a link to a Boston Globe article from last Friday which mentions their other performances in the Boston area.