Carole Karemera Biography – Age, Sometimes in April

Rwandan Carole Karemera was born in Brussels in 1975. Though born in Brussels, she is of Rwandan origin and is an actress, director, saxophone player and dancer. She has appeared in many internationally acclaimed film, theatre, television, and dance productions since 1996.

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Carole studied at the Royal Music Conservatory of Mons and  Brussels where she won the First Prize for “Drama and Declamation”. She also danced with the company Ultima Vez Vandekeybus.

She joined the movie industry in 2002 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. She also starred in the movie Black and Juju Factory.

 In 2005, Carole decided to settle in Rwanda where she quickly got involved in cultural projects focused on openness and access to culture for everyone. In 2007, she co-funded Ishyo Art Center with other seven talented women. The center which was the first in Rwanda apart from the French cultural center, which had also closed 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. The center, Ishyo Art Center appeared as the Rwandan Cultural Hub in the Heart of Kigali.

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Carole is the director in the Ishyo Art Center, 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. She equally initiates innovative projects with Rwandan and international artists, such as the Pan African Dance Festival.

Carole 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, such as the cultural policy task seminar in Nairobi, in 2009.