Festival on the Niger (Festival sur le Niger)

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Country and Region MaliSégou
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Ségou, Ségou, Mali
Festival Contact Information

Festival sur le Niger
BP 39, Ségou, Mali
Phone: (223) 672-65-02
Fax: (223) 23-21-804
Email: info@festivalsegou.org

Festival Description

The Festival sur le Niger takes place in a region rich in culture and traditional. The unique spectacle features music and dance from the region, puppetry, as well as well-known West-African artists, who will play on the river Niger. The interdisciplinary and intercultural meeting brings together people from Segou, Malians and foreigners from all over the world, sharing the same wish: to discover the other and to learn from our differences.

Festival Dates February 4 - 9, 2014
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Festival Story:

Founded in 1852, Mali’s famed southern town, Ségou, capital of the ancient Bambara kingdom, is keeper of one of the most ancient histories of West Africa. Imbued with centuries of culture and tradition, Ségou
has inspired numerous historians and writers, notably Maryse Condé. Each year the festival hosts 25,000 attendees from Africa and all over the world. Held on the banks of the Niger River, the event showcases Ségou’s rich history and serves to preserve and promote local artistic expressions of traditional music and dance comprising the region’s cultural heritage.

There are 15 different regional styles of dance and masquerades including the Bambara, Bozo Somono, Koredugaw, Tuareg, and the hunters, among others, to experience. Several dazzling performances and concerts run throughout the festival days and evenings that give focus to Mali’s greatest artists and other invited guest African artists. The festival also promotes young, emerging talents, providing early recognition on an international stage. Ségou also thrives during the festival as a capital of visual arts. Exhibition spaces are dedicated to invited artists, photographers, sculptors, and wood-carvers. The annual crafts fair draws the best regional crafts workers in silver-smithing, pottery, bogolan textile art, and leather – representative of some of the finest techniques in West Africa.


Festival Events:

Programming Cultural Diversity & Nat ional Unity 2014:
  • Symposium of Ségou
  • African Renaissance — Challenges and Opportunities
  • Master Class / Workshop / Exhibition on the theme of Love
  • Music / Dance / Theatre / Masks and Puppets
  • Cultural Caravan for Peace
  • Giant Concerts on the Niger River


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