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Ségou ‘Art – Festival sur le Niger February 4 to 9 2020

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Ségou ‘Art – Festival sur le Niger
February 4 to 9, 2020

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The 16th Ségou’ Art – Festival sur le Niger is a special edition, dedicated to reconciliation and social cohesion, centred on the theme of ‘Migrations & Identity’

Last year, in 2019, the Festival sur le Niger (“Festival on The Niger”), a large festival of traditional arts and culture, held on the banks of the river Ségou, combined with Ségou’ Art, a celebration of contemporary African art. Traditional and contemporary artists in the worlds of visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and crafts come together, along with an agricultural fair, in the newly revitalized multidisciplinary festival. The Festival also includes workshops, a symposium, master classes, and an industry conference.

On the theme of ‘Migrations & Identity’, speakers will include Prof. Ibrahima Wane (Senegal), Prof. Mahamadé Savadogo (Burkina Faso), Prof. Yacouba Konaté (Côte d’Ivoire), Prof. Lupwishi Mbuyamba (RDC), Prof. Ismaël Maiga (Mali), Dr Jenny Mbaye (Senegal/France), M. Simon Njami (Cameroon), Dr Fodié Tandjigora (Mali), M. Mamadou Ndiaye (Mali) and Mme Ramata Diaouré (Mali).
From Segou'Art 2019

Highlights of the festival

Cultural Caravan for Peace
A Sahelo-Trans-Saharan project promoting peace in the Sahara and Sehel's regions. This year's festival will focus on the cuisine of northern and southern Mali and the invited countries.

Fair of Ségou
Over 200,000 vistors and abouyt 400 creatives from Mali, West Africa, and more than 30 Africn countries will participate in the fair, which includes Scène Biton, dedicated to young artists.

Art exhibitions
Emerging visual artists are promoted in Bi Mali (Contemporary Mali), a series of exhibitions in painting, sculpture, photogrpahy, and vido.

Experienced artists such as Abdoulaye Konaté and Cheick Diallo will also exhibit, as well as conduct master classes. Other participating artists include Viyé Diba (Senegal), Siriki Ky (Burkina Faso), Wadi Mhiri (Tunisia) and Barthélemy Toguo (Cameroon).

The following galleries will participate in the exhibitions: Kôrè Gallery (Mali), George Camille Gallery (Seychelles), Centre Soleil d’Afrique (Mali) and Bamako Art Gallery (Mali).
Segou'Art Festival 2019
Traditional events
Traditional Malian culture will be featured in a number of events, including Baara, canoe races, Kôrèdugaw, Dogon Masks, Puppets (Markala, Pelengana), Tindé (Touareg dance & music) and Samoko blowers.

Ségou ’Art | Festival on Niger, is a creative format of the Festival on Niger, which in addition to music, focuses on contemporary art through a contemporary art fair, and all the traditional components of the Festival on Niger (Giant Concerts on the banks of the Niger River, Theater, Dance, Workshops, Conferences, Ségou Fair, Traditional Events, Cultural Caravan for Peace.). Ségou ’Art, in addition to the traditional components of the Festival on Niger, consists in bringing together gallery owners, collectors and art lovers, art critics around the works of young emerging talents from Africa and elsewhere, not only to make them known, stimulate local consumption, but also to initiate a reflection on the development of visual arts in Africa, and to create the optimal conditions for their emergence through a local art fair.

  • The 16th Ségou’ Art – Festival sur le Niger will take place in Ségou, Mali from the 4th until the 9th of February 2020. For more information visit the Festival website.

From 2019:


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