Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Festival on the Niger in Segou, Mali-Feb 15-19, 2012


 This coming February the Niger River near Segou, Mali will be transformed into a six-day festival for African and Malian music, visual art, local crafts, and cultural discussion. This year there's a great line up of bands featured on a floating stage on the river. The goal is to bring together artists of all varieties to help preserve their local artistic customs. The festival also aims at saving the Niger River from environmental degradation. Check out the amazing line up of artists and events!

FORUM

Each year the Festival organises a forum about themes that are important for the Malian society. In the Forum lecturers from around the world come together to create realistic debates that result in concrete recommendations.

TRADITIONAL EVENTS : "Ségou Welcomes the Mopti Region"

Traditional troupes will reveal the great cultural richness of our ancestral rites; a magnificent opportunity to discover these memorable ceremonies and for which the festival also provides a space for newer expression. Music, theater, dances, masquerades, and giant puppets, hunters’ performances, the annual canoe race…

ART EXHIBITION : "Changing"

An international meeting of visual artists from Mali and other parts of the world in the « Kôrè » Gallery.

GIANT CONCERTS ON THE RIVER

Malian stars:

Salif KEITA

Rokia TRAORE

Cheick Tidiane SECK

Habib KOITE

Baba CISSOKO

Boubacar TRAORE Super BITON de Ségou

Haïra HARBY

International stars:

Lokua KANZA (Congo RDC)

MEIWAY (RCI)

Oxmo PUCCINO (Fr/Mali)

Pape DIOUF (Senegal)

Bill Aka KORA (Burkina)

King AYISOBA (Ghana)

Sauti SOL (Kenya)

Sousou & Maher CISSOKO (Sweden/Senegal)

-INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS FAIR OF SEGOU where imagination and creativity of craftsmen and
farmers of the region and the sub-region mingle.

-RESISTANCE THROUGH CULTURE "FLOATING CONFERENCE

And much more including workshops, storytelling, and puppetry.
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