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5 Years for Le Dîner en Blanc – Kigali!

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, was the first African city to join Le Dîner en Blanc along with Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 2012—the year Dîner en Blanc International was founded! This year, on Saturday, July 23rd, they will to celebrate the 5th edition of the event, which has now become a Kigali favourite.

Like all the other beautiful cities that host Le Dîner en Blanc, it’s the guests who bring the event to life year after year! But none of this would be possible without the dedication of three enthusiastic organizers, who’ve been with Le Dîner en Blanc - Kigali since the beginning. Gael Vande Weghe, Joan Mazimhaka, Tunga Munyaneza are the passionate hosts responsible for bringing the event home. With this year’s elegant picnic coming up soon, we interviewed them to whet the Dîner en Blanc appetite. Are you hungry yet?
“Five years ago, we were looking to host an annual event that would bring attention to our capital city Kigali, as a tourism destination.
Most attractions in our country are in the national parks and we thought it would be great to bring an event that would showcase
the city as a fun destination for residents and tourists. We came across the Diner en Blanc concept and knew right away
it was part of what we wanted to achieve – hosting the first one in Africa would definitely be a challenge but
we were ready to show the world how beautiful and exciting our city, country and continent are!”

Over the years, Kigali has improved an already stunning event. Their number of guests has grown each year, as more friends and friends of friends experience this magical and unique night under the stars. According to the hosts, “Kigali is a fast-growing, fast-moving city” and “residents are eager to try something new.” Although the event rules and the idea of getting on buses to go to a secret location had some guests unsure about the event the first year, Le Dîner en Blanc - Kigali 2012 “brought out the more adventurous guests!” Years later, the secrecy and the excitement surrounding the unknown location is still “the most exciting part for our guests,” they insist.

Among the hosts’ most memorable moments is the wedding proposal that happened in 2014. The grand (and public!) gesture made organizers feel “honored to have … guests select [Le Dîner en Blanc] as the place to create such a beautiful memory for the rest of their lives.”
Le Dîner en Blanc – Kigali continues to delight long-time members and attract newcomers, both regional and international, which has “added an interesting element in terms of fashion, creativity and interactions among our guests.”
Check out this beautiful event teaser in anticipation of Kigali’s 5-year Anniversary! Diner en Blanc Kigali 2016 Teaser
For all the updates, follow Le Dîner en Blanc – Kigali on:
 Dîner en Blanc – Kigali         @DinerenblancKGL     dinerenblanckgl


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