16 Feb 2016 15 May 2016

Dakar 66

Chronicles of a Pan-African Festival

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In April 1966, the ‘First World Festival of Black Arts’ (FESMAN) opened in Dakar. The biggest names of the cultural scenes of Africa and of the Diaspora met there.

About the exhibition

The programme included theatre plays, dance, film screenings and exhibitions, all launched by a major conference. The event was to become one of the key moments in the staging of ‘Négritude’, a literary and political movement developed by the Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor in the 1930s and 40s.

Rather than taking a documentary approach, the exhibition focuses on the visual representations and evidence produced to capture or exploit this event. What emerges is a reflection on the cultural and political issues invested in an event that marked the outlook of Pan-Africanism at the time of the Cold War.

Around the event

Guided tours, workshops, concerts, etc.
all activities organized as part of the event

Around the event